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The world we live in is ever-changing.  World crisis after world crisis.  Putin invades Ukraine.  ISIS on the march.  Ebola in the US.  Hunger, disease, poverty, war.  Even in our own families, we live with crises every day.  Life can feel very overwhelming.

One constant & recurring result of these world crises is that of ORPHANS.  And as overwhelming as THAT in and of itself may be, Reece's Rainbow is committed to doing our small part to rectify it.  1500+ orphaned children, born with Down syndrome & other special needs around the world, have found loving adoptive families with the help of Reece's Rainbow.  Every penny donated, every link shared or tweeted, has been life-altering for each of these kids.

Our Annual Christmas Angel Tree starts in just 16 days.  16 DAYS.  And we still have 106 waiting orphans who do not have dedicated warriors fighting for them during this 2 month project.    Being an Angel Tree warrior is so much fun!  It's a very meaningful and personal way to serve a specific child.  You're trying to raise $1000 or more for your chosen child from Nov 1-Dec 31. Social media is a tremendous tool (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, email), and something you can do with little effort.

PLEASE CHOOSE A CHILD FROM THIS PAGE and help them fundraise during our Angel Tree! These kids should be in FAMILIES, not orphanages or mental institutions.

Unfortunately, those who do not have dedicated warriors by Oct 28 will not appear on the official Angel Tree page when the project starts.


Thank you and God bless!!


Andrea Roberts
Reece's Mom
Founder & Executive Director
andrea@reecesrainbow.org
On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Andrea Roberts

We are featuring some of our families the remainder of this month. Thank you to Aubrey Rogers for interviewing the families and writing our Meet the Families posts this month!

The Colfack Family is currently hoping to adopt Hannah “Susan” from China. They are hoping to travel in spring 2015.

When asked to tell a little bit about their family, Missy Colfack says “In September 1995 I met and instantly fell in love with my husband, Rex. A month and a half later we were engaged and were married in June 1996. We heard many times that we can't be "in love" that fast, Well
we have 18 years of proof, you can and we are. In March of 1998 after a very hard pregnancy and bed rest for 5 weeks we were blessed with our first son, BayLee. He truly was a miracle baby in so many ways. At 6 months old he became very ill and ended up in the hospital with pneumonia. For the next year and a half we were in many different hospitals fighting pneumonia time after time. We found out he had asthma and any form of illness went straight to his lungs. Luckily in time and many doctors later we have gotten all that under control. Due to his illness and a couple other issues that needed surgery over the next few years we waited to try for another.

So 4 years and 1 day later March 2002 we were blessed with our youngest son, Brook and in June 2004 our daughter, Brenna. Faith is a big part of our lives and we work everyday to build a stronger relationship with the Lord. We love being involved at our church. Our son BayLee is a drummer for the youth band and also plays for special music when needed. We live in a smaller rural town where my husband grew up and love our community it has been a great place to raise our family. We have been very blessed here with friends and family close by. In November 2007 we started our own Grooming business and it has grown to be very successful. In 2009 my husband joined on full time and it has been amazing working together in fact I think it has strengthened our relationship. Our family loves to be together and spend as much time doing fun things together like making fun things together like gingerbread houses, going to the movies, the zoo, and especially love time at the river.

When asked about their reasons for adopting a child with special needs, Missy says “I truly feel that God sets your path in life and guides you along the way. When I was very young I spent a summer taking care of a little girl with Cerebral Palsy. Children with special needs have a way of stealing your hearts and she did from the moment I met her. Shortly after my husband and I were married I got a job working in a school working with children with special needs. Falling in love was an understatement. I not only worked with the children at school, but I took on doing respite care for several children at home. I got to experience (as much as I could) what it was like to parent a child with special needs. It was then that I found Reece’s Rainbow and fell in love with what they do. At that time, even though I would have loved to adopt then, it wasn't our time yet so instead we had to do something so we prayed for the children, supported financially what we could, and inquired on many children, until God let us know we found our daughter. With the support of my husband and our children we are so honored to have this opportunity and we are beyond excited to get Hannah home. We know that even though it may bring challenges that the blessing far outweigh them.”

Missy’s advice to others thinking about adoptions is, “Adoption is a huge step and there is so much involved that goes way beyond our hearts. We are bringing home a child who has never known life other than her orphanage and foster mother. We also have children who even though they are very excited will have big changes in their lives, and my husband and I, even though we are doing everything we can to prepare, have no idea what to expect. I don't have all the answers and don't know yet exactly how it is all going to happen, but I do know that adoption is truly a blessing and we can't wait to share more after our daughter is home. Even if it may seem like adoption is impossible, pray, God is so good!! We have waited almost 10 years to get to this point and I know that when God feels the time is right he will let you know... I know that God wanted Hannah to be our daughter so we just had to wait till the time was right.”

Missy goes on to say, “When you are called to adopt, things might not be exactly what you first thought or had planned. When we first thought about adoption I tried to make my own plan
and at that time I thought we were going to be asked to foster/adopt a child I did respite care for due to her family situation. Later we looked into foster adoption domestically, However God had different plans and led us to Reece’s Rainbow. Still not believing we could possibly adopt internationally (we have never been on a plane) we found NDSAN which is a great organization as well, however God already had a plan for us we just needed to be patient and listen. We are so thankful for Reece’s Rainbow who has been HUGE in our adoption. We have followed along since very early on and the stories have been so inspirational to us. The love of the community has greatly encouraged us to move forward. I can't even tell you how much it means to us to now be part of the Reece’s Rainbow adoption families.”

The Colfack family still needs a Family Warrior.  If you are interested in becoming their family warrior, please visit our Family Warrior Program page to learn about the warrior program and to sign up!

You can donate to the Colfack family at http://reecesrainbow.org/sponsorcolfack


Even if you are not in a position to adopt, Reece's Rainbow provides a very personal, meaningful, and powerful way to change the course of a child's life!

Prayer Warrior 


The Reece's Rainbow Prayer Warrior Ministry was created with three goals in mind:
  1. To lift the daily needs of each waiting child up in prayer
  2. To lift Reece's Rainbow up in prayer
  3. To lift the families whom God is preparing for each waiting child up in prayer

Guardian Angel




The Guardian Angel Project effort is to increase awareness and raise additional grant donations for our "Other Angels", those children with other special needs (not Down syndrome) who are also waiting for their forever families to find them.   There many “Other Angels” on our website in need of grant donations and adoptive families. 

Family Warrior


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The Family Warrior Program is the newest member of the Warrior Family!



For any questions about ANY of the Warrior Programs, 
please Contact Laurie Rhoades, our Warrior Ministry Coordinator.

On Saturday, October 11, 2014 by Lu, Poppies Blooming in