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Booy Family

We are Bryan and Amber Booy. We have 3 precious daughters at home with us and we are waiting for our newest daughter to join us soon from China.

The Lord first called our family to adopt in 2007 and we submitted our paperwork to China at that time. As the wait for a referral from China grew longer, we applied to adopt from Ethiopia as well. We were overjoyed to bring home Eleora from Ethiopia in July of 2010. Then in May of 2011, God directed us to search for a waiting child in China. After Bryan had been laid off from work for several months, the Lord provided a new job for him and we were matched with our daughter only a few days later! We are now in the home stretch of our long adoption journey and are excited to be able to travel to China in the next few months to bring home Brielle. We already love her so much!

We are still in need of about $10,000 for our final fees and travel expenses. God has been with us and has been directing us every step of the way and we know that He is faithful to complete His good work. If He is

prompting you to be a part of what He is doing in our adoption, we are so thankful for your support. We are almost there!

Gratefully,
Bryan and Amber Booy

If you feel called to make a tax deductible donation toward bringing Brielle home, please send your gift to the address below:

His Kids Too!
219 – B Delta Court
Tallahassee, FL 32303

McDonald Family

We are in a love Haiti relationship! Haiti is a typical third world country when it comes to government instability and inconsistent systems. We are old pros with the ups and downs of a Haitian adoption being as we went through this for Bo. Consequently, we know that prayer and a heavy leaning on the Father is the only thing that will make an impact. We are obediently following God’s lead (despite my words that we would never do this again). We are in the process of bringing our beautiful six year old daughter, Berline, home. I would say patiently waiting, but that wouldn’t be completely accurate. But I am confident that He will bring our family together in His perfect timing.

God places the lonely in families Psalms 68:5-6

Please pray for our sanity in this long crazy process. Please pray for comfort and safety for Berline. We know that God’s Glory will shine through this journey, however difficult.

One of our challenges is finances. We estimate the remaining fees and travel costs to be around $10,000.

Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love. –Mother Teresa

We have been amazed how God has taken our small efforts and made much of them. If you would like to be a part of God bringing Berline to her forever family, you can donate below. Thank you for supporting us through donations, prayer, and friendship.

Grace & Peace,
The McDonalds

His Kids Too!
219 – B Delta Court
Tallahassee, FL 32303









Mattox Family

Some of you know we have felt called and direct by God to adopt a “fatherless” child into our family. We are adopting a little girl from China, and will be matched with a specific child hopefully in the next few months, then travel to China to bring her home (she’ll be around 9 months-2 years old). As a family, we’re excited and have been praying for her.

Some of you are probably wondering what has prompted us to adopt. Well, primarily, we’ve felt so clearly directed by God to adopt that we want to obey Him, and we also desire to give an orphan child a family that she probably won’t otherwise have.

The biggest challenge for us is not opening our hearts and home to another child, but it is in finding the fiancés to make this happen. We estimate our total cost for adoption fees, document preparation, home study, airfare, travel, attorney fees, etc to be $35,000. This is money we don’t have, but we know God is faithful and is leading us to trust Him.

Thank you for investing in our God Dream through prayer and finances- it will be an investment with an eternal return! (Matthew 6:20) We’ll give you an update with a picture and details as we receive them. Please pray this entire process will glorify God and fulfill His purposes!

Best Regards,
Brian & Tonya Mattox

If you would like to be a part of God bringing our daughter home from China through our family, you can send your tax-deductible gift to the address below:

His Kids Too!
219 – B Delta Court
Tallahassee, FL 32303









You were Made for a Mission

Your Were Made for a Mission
Jayne C. Crisp
 

A few years ago, when my church—Reidland Baptist Church of Paducah, Kentucky—devoted several weeks of study to The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren’s bestseller, my faith was renewed and my life transformed by this spiritual journey.   Not only was I reminded that “it’s not about me,” but I became convinced that “it is impossible to do everything people want you to do.  You have just enough time to do God’s will” (Warren, 31) And, His Will includes specific purposes, one of which is becoming a “world-class Christian.”  To miss His Will means becoming a “worldly Christian.”  (Warren, 297)  World-class Christians find their mission and their God-given passion.   This study sparked within me a desire to travel abroad and share His Love.  So, in February of 2007, when I was introduced to Teresa Fillmon and the ministry of His Kids, Too!,  I knew that very day that God was speaking to me about my mission and the passion He has given me; and I volunteered to become part of the ministry team to travel in October 2007 to Ukraine.
Upon our arrival in Dzerzhinsk on Sunday, October 7, we visited the Internot (orphanage for older children) and shared snacks and songs, but more importantly, God’s Word and His Love.  The children present were hungry—not only for the treats we brought them, but also for the warmth of human contact.  Church at Teresa’s Dzerzhinsk home followed in the afternoon, and American and Ukrainian hearts became as one as we worshipped together and then fellowshipped over dinner.  Pastor Victor gave team members an opportunity to introduce themselves and tell why they came to Ukraine.  I acknowledged to that small congregation (as well as to myself) that I didn’t know for certain what God had for me to do, but that I was available and willing.  What a joy it was to see Him take me at my word!  My role emerged over the next 15 days—from sorting clothes for the children at the Internot, holding and playing with babies and toddlers at hospitals and orphanages to developing presentations for team members and serving as projectionist.  Every day was a new adventure, and the blessings flowed!

 

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This endeavor was not without tough times, though.  As you read in the November newsletter, one of our team members experienced health problems that made it necessary for three of the team to return to the U. S. a week earlier than planned.  On Tuesday of the second week, Sundy Goodnight and I were distributing clothes and shoes to orphans at the Internot in Dzerzhinsk.  Many of you who are reading this newsletter had sent clothing for these children whose faces and sizes are unknown to you as they were to us.  When we realized that we were unable to outfit several children, we were broken heartened; it seemed so unfair for the children who have so little to go away empty handed.  However, the youngsters did not complain, cry, or even hint that they thought they had been slighted.  Nonetheless, Sundy and I embarked on a shopping trip to the Metro Market and to the open-air Central Market to buy clothes, toboggans, and shoes.  We, also, returned to the “Summer Kitchen” storage area to find specific items of clothing.  Two days later, we returned and, with the help of the Internot staff, were able to locate most of those who had not received clothing.  I can still see the smiles that came to their faces.  One of the teenage boys who attend Bible class at the Internot impressed me greatly; he kept bringing younger boys to us to get clothing; not once did he ask for anything for himself.  He deserves credit, also, for setting a good example for the younger children by being attentive during Bible class.  We feel certain that he has been influenced greatly by male role models like Walter Steely and Edward Volkov.

 

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The success of the October Mission Trip came because of the sovereignty of our God and Creator, the prayers of hundreds of Christians across the nation who petitioned daily, and the generous monetary and in-kind contributions that were made.

Praise God!!  My life will never be the same!  To God be the glory for the great things He has done, but much remains to be done.  Please note in other parts of this newsletter the specific immediate needs of His Kids, Too! I challenge you to let God reveal His purpose for you in this ministry and wherein your passion lies.  I am confident that He has called you to be a world-class Christian and that you were made for a mission!

 

Sundy Goodnight

Love– The Missing Ingredient
By Sundy Goodnight

 In October I had the privilege of joining His Kids Too! for sixteen days of life-changing ministry. From the moment the team touched Ukrainian soil we were on the go, working hard to help the hurting and needy orphans. Though we distributed many boxes of clothing, toys, diapers, bananas etc., we simply didn’t have enough to go around. The need is staggering, the resources few and the children many. We took aid into facilities with no indoor plumbing, limited food, no meat, no playground equipment or toys. I saw handicapped children lying in their own excrement, their bones protruding. I experienced the eeriness of a roomful of silent, diaperless babies, babies who no longer cry because it does them no good—there aren’t enough workers to hold and love them.
Yes, the physical needs are great, and His Kids Too! did all we could to meet those needs. But after visiting 14 orphanages, teen prostitutes, HIV infected babies, starving and sick children, I was profoundly struck by one thing that each child craved above all. That thing was love.
 
The first day I met Marina, her shorn hair, tiny frame and dirty, three-sizes-too-big sweatshirt caught my attention. She sat near me in our Sunday afternoon Bible class, her hungry eyes locked on me seeking my attention. I motioned for her to come and sit next to me. She quickly positioned herself at my side and spent the next hour stroking my hair and hand, giggling at every funny face I made at her, and hugging me repeatedly–she hugged me so many times I thought her hand prints would be permanently embedded into my waist. Several days later we went back to this same orphanage. I didn’t have to look for Marina, she found me. She came running as she saw our taxi pull up in front of the orphanage and attached to me like gum on the bottom of a shoe. She drew from me every ounce of love and attention I could give. Yes, Marina needed new clothing and it was a pleasure to outfit her in a new pair of pants and a shirt. Yet, what Marina needed just as desperately could not be bought at a market or dropped in the mail… what Marina longed for most of all was love.

 

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                                                    Marina and Roman (friends)

Nine month old Sasha’s big brown eyes and pink sweater made me think he was a girl. I walked over to him, and immediately my heart filled up with overwhelming compassion. How could someone leave this beautiful baby? What situation surrounded the mother’s choice to abandon him at the hospital, to leave an innocent, helpless child at the mercy of strangers? The Bible tells us that love compels, so perhaps I experienced a smidgen of God’s love for Sasha because I felt compelled to make a difference in the life of this beautiful little boy. At the same time I felt somewhat helpless, wondering what I could do in the brief time I would spend with him. I silently began to pray, asking God to bring Sasha a forever family who would love him, nurture him and bring him up in the truth of God. I realized in that moment that what I had to give was as important as diapers and a replacement for his pink sweater, (although he needed those).  I could give Sasha the love of Christ flowing through me.
 

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                                         Sundy, with Sasha,  who captured her heart!

God has given each of us that know Him an eternal gift, and He has asked us to give that gift away. It is a gift that cuts through every language barrier. It can reach and heal every hopeless and lonely heart. It can compel those who have plenty to share with those who don’t. It is the gift of God’s love. Love comes in many forms, but its source is always Christ. I realized that as a Christian, I have a responsibility, a commandment even, to take care of the orphans of the  world to the best of my ability. By offering love through financial resources, clothing, time, personal involvement, or prayer, you and I can make a difference. 

I know that my heart has been eternally changed by the heart-breaking faces of each child I encountered.  This two week mission has opened my eyes to a very different world than I’m accustomed to–a world of desperate need, a world of hopelessness and despair, a world where children have no dreams of the future. And over and over again, I’m struck with the realization that all this stunning need has its origin and its solution in one powerful ingredient.  That ingredient is love.

Through the eyes of a teen! – Summer 2007

 Nancy.jpg                                                 When our group left for Ukraine a few weeks ago, I was excited and nervous about the two weeks ahead of me.  The nine of us were headed to Dzerzhinsk, a small town in rural Ukraine, to help with a community Bible school and to distribute humanitarian aid.  Though I’m not the most well-traveled teenager, I thought I had prepared myself, having studied travel guides, practiced reading the Ukrainian alphabet, and packed every travel-sized toiletry know to man.  None of this, however, prepared me for the emotional and spiritual journey ahead.  By the time the Bible school began on Monday morning, I was overwhelmed, exhausted, and worried about what I’d gotten myself into.  I didn’t know how I could relate with the children when I couldn’t even talk with them.  My worries were quickly relieved, though, by the children’s warm smiles and anxious laughter.  As my class sang “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” both in Russian and in English, it struck me that though language is not universal, God’s love is.  I didn’t have to read the Russian Bible to my class to minister to the children.

Simply holding hands, singing songs, and making crafts with them was enough to show that we cared.  Each of us showed God’s love in some way that week:  playing basketball, teaching a game, or leading a silly song.  I’m so grateful to Independent Presbyterian Church and His Kids, Too! for the opportunity to have been able to reach out to the children of Dzerzhinsk in this memorable way.

Nancy Cooper

Birmingham, AL 

L.E. Knisely – Father’s Day Special

Dad's love still a stitch that binds
By: Tom Quimbly
The News Herald
Sunday, June 16, 2002

ONE YEAR LATER: Though he is gone, a father's love for his family carries warmth to an orphanage in Ukraine.

He was the father of seven children, a highly decorated pilot who fought in World War II and Korea. He died last Father's Day in Panama City.

Jim Knisely left behind many memories and lessons for his children, one of which was his devotion to family, especially to his wife, L.E. Knisely.

"He always called her the 'love of my life,'" said his daughter, Carolyn Beach.

L.E. Knisely reciprocated that love by staying at her husband's side as he battled complications from cancer, and knitting winter hats. There are about 100 now, each reminiscent of the love and devotion the couple shared. The hats will go to needy children in the former Soviet Union.

"He would be excited everyday," Beach said of her father, who lay on the couch during his illness while her mother sat in a recliner nearby, knitting. "He would say things like, 'Okay, what kind of color combinations are we going to have today?'"

Beach, a Tallahassee resident, said exemplary moments like those show her father's positive attitude, which came shining through even in the last days of his life.

"I miss his good attitude," she said. "He always had a positive attitude, no matter what. If any of us kids were competing for anything, he would say we were going to win. He never complained. He had such a positive attitude, even throughout his illness."

Thomasville, Ga., resident Bill Knisely remembers his dad as being an outgoing family man who was excited to retire from the Air Force to Callaway in the late 1960s, where he could take the family fishing in the gulf.

The retired colonel had aced his captain's exam and bought a boat, said Bill Knisely, who was recruited to be the deckhand.

"My dad was full of life. He was really passionate with his family. He wasn't one to show his feelings, but you knew that the love was there," Knisely said.

Bill Knisely said from 14 to 16, he enjoyed fishing three summers with his dad. He said it was tough helping out on the boat, but he looks back fondly on those times.

"We saw a lot of things out on the ocean: large sharks, big schools of porpoises, things you take for granted. He loved the Gulf of Mexico."

Knisely said he learned important lessons from his father that he carries today.

"I learned to do things right with honesty and integrity, all those things you learn in the military. There was no halfway of doing things."

In that same vein of seeing projects through to completion, Beach thought it appropriate to send all those knitted hats to an orphanage in Ukraine. She said a sister came up with the idea for their mother to knit the hats and send them overseas. Now Beach is doing her part by getting them to His Kids Too, a Christian charity in Tallahassee, for delivery.

L.E. Knisely, 85, is pretty thrilled about that. "I think that's wonderful. Anything you can do for an orphanage is wonderful."

There is no Father's Day in Ukraine, says His Kids Too director Teresa Fillmon. She says children there are in desperate need of the kind of love and support Jim Knisely brought to his family.

Given her father's faith, Beach believes his love came from a higher source. Shortly after her father died last year, she was comforted by a member of Callaway United Methodist Church.

"A member in my mother's church said, 'I know you can't realize this right now, but on future Father's Days when you think of your father, just remember that he went home to be with his father," said Beach, who credits her faith in helping her to get through the loss of her father. "I will never forget that."

For more information about His Kids Too, visit the Web site hiskidstoo.org, or call 850-524-5437.

The writer can be contacted at [email protected]

Margaret S.

margaret.jpgI was 45 before I thought seriously about bringing children into my life. But once I made the decision to adopt, my life started on a course that has taken me to places in my heart and soul that I never knew existed. I travelled to Ukraine in November, 2003 and returned home the proud parent of two small boys, now ages 4 and 5. As a single woman, I have struggled many times over the past two and a half years, but my faith in God and the support of my church and friends have helped me to make the transition to a loving parent.

I published my adoption book, "The Pumpkin Patch: A Single Woman's International Adoption Journey" in 2005; part of the reason I did so was to share my story with others who were considering adoption as a way of adding children to their lives. I knew deep in my heart that my experience in Ukraine had ignited a passion to help the children who have not yet been adopted.

Through the various groups that I joined, I came across Hiskidstoo.org and read with interest about their involvement with orphaned children in Ukraine. Several months ago I read an email that Teresa sent about a boys' prison in Ukraine. After reading about the dismal conditions faced by the orphans who were incarcerated, I committed to raising $1000 to help them. I have been blessed with a wonderful career as a marketing consultant, and through my connection with a group of people at AOL and my church, we raised over $1100. I also contributed two large boxes of warm clothing and shoes for the boys. It was a wonderful feeling to know that I was part of an effort to give these boys food that would feed their hunger and clothes to warm their bodies–knowing that my boys might very well have ended up at that prison had I not adopted them.

I am grateful to Teresa for providing me with an opportunity to share my blessings and good fortune with these innocent children.

Best regards,
Margaret

 

Directors Note: Margaret (and her friends) continues to support the prison boys ministry, and recently sent 75 personal care bags to Ukraine for them. Thank you!

Lindsey Cook

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When I asked my daughters, Lindsey, 17, and Leeann, 13, if they wanted to help with Christmas boxes for kids in Ukraine they enthusiastically said "Yes". Lindsey is president of her high school Beta Club and Leeann is involved in a program called Peer Helper at her school. They both took the initiative and got the projects up on running. They love their brother Daniel so much and to think that he very easily could still be there alone in that orphanage having nothing or no one to share Christmas with sends shivers down their spines. This is what they had to say: “The most significant experience in our lives has been the adoption of our younger brother, Daniel. Our family adopted him from Ukraine about five years ago.  He was nine months old and weighed only twelve pounds. He had cleft lip and palate. He has taught us so many lessons simply by living. He has been faced with challenges in his short life that many of us will never experience; while in the orphanage he was starving, ill and all alone yet somehow he has managed to blossom into a beautiful boy full of energy and vitality. He wakes every morning with a smile on his face and a, "Good morning, how was your sleep?" He can often be heard saying things such as, "Isn't it a beautiful day" and "Now, this is the life!" He has inspired us to try and become people who make a difference in the world.

We want to say "Thank You" to His Kids Too! for helping us make a small difference in the lives of others.”

 

From the Director: Lindsey and her High School Beta club sent 130 Christmas 'shoe box gifts' to Ukraine. We thank them for their generous support in helping make a difference in the lives of so many orphans.