Connie is almost 10 years old, has Down syndrome, and is currently an orphan in China. The wonderful thing is that this is not the end to Connie’s story. You see, a couple of years ago, God began working in the lives of the Walters family and burdened their hearts for children with special needs who had been abandoned and needed a family. In August of 2011, the Walters welcomed home James Ivan – a then four-year old with Down syndrome who was living in an orphanage in a remote village in Russia. Not long after James arrived home, we had the privilege of spending some time with the Walters and they expressed their interest in adopting again. At this point they had three children and God was leading them to show His love to another. Recently their prayers have been answered and they are proceeding with the adoption of Connie. If you know anything about international adoption, you likely have an idea of how expensive it is – generally between 25 and 40 thousand dollars. The Lord has already opened many doors and the cost has been reduced Can significantly, but they still need to raise quite a bit of money. Our goal is to raise at least $2,500 to help bring Connie home.
Each of the past three years, I have participated in a long bike ride in honor of my Mother-in-law, Ann Black, who passed away in April of 2010 after struggling for years with complications from a fight with cancer and diabetes. Her spirit of fighting/unwillingness to give up is the reason that I’ve chosen to do the ride in a time of the year that is unpopular and hot. While not impossible rides, they have been tributes to Ann’s spirit of fighting even when it was tough. She completed her course and didn’t give up. This year, I am combining my desire to ride in Ann’s honor with a cause that is of incredible importance to my family – the cause of orphans around the world. This year, in conjunction with a number of organizations and people, we will be riding to raise money to help bring Connie home to her forever family.
You can do it for Connie too by donating here. Be assured that 100% of your donation goes to the inspiration's need. The I Do It For Foundation pays for all administrative costs.