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Initial money needed to official commit to adopting two Down Syndrome children in Eastern Europe. Save them from a life in a mental institution.

I have struggled for nine years to have children. After several failed attempts at infertility treatments I began to look into adoption. I looked at foster care first but the process is uncertain and I don’t think I can emotionally handle having to work toward reuniting them with birthparents or having to give the child back after getting attached. I have thought about domestic infant adoption, however the wait is very long and there are already so many children in the world waiting to be loved. Then I found out that special needs children in Eastern Europe are found to have no value in their culture. They are sent to orphanages at birth and then transferred to institutions at the age of 4 or 5. Many do not survive and those that do have a meager existence. They never know the loving arms of a mother or the warmth of family. They never hear a bedtime story or the story of God’s infinite love.


God has placed two very special children on my heart. Alexandra* is 8 years old and weighed around 25lbs at her last measurements. She was born with Down Syndrome and was placed in the orphanage when she was 6 days old. She has waited so long for a mommy to love her. Brennan* also has Down Syndrome. He just turned 4 years old but functions at an 11 month old level. He has the potential to do much better in a family environment. Although they are both waiting in an Eastern Europe institution they are not unloved. "A Father of the fatherless… God sets the solitary in families" Psalms 68: 5-6


I have loved them for just over a year. I want nothing more in this world then to scoop them up, hold them and tell them they are loved beyond measure. Unfortunately, the price tag that comes with international adoption is nearly a whole year’s salary for me. It is going to take approximately $24,000 to bring them both home. It takes $6000 of that to officially commit to them as my children and start the paperwork. I know it is going to be a battle, but I am willing to stand up and fight for my children. I believe that is the Lord’s will and that he will see me through to the end. After all he paid for our adoptions by the blood of his only son. "Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of His will…" Ephesians 1:5


I am asking for everyone’s help in not only making my dream come true, but in saving the lives of these two children. I realize that saving two children won’t change the world, but for them the world will change.


Prayer is the first thing you can do to help. Pray that the Lord will watch over and tenderly care for Alexandra and Brennan until I can bring them home. Pray for the Lord to continue to guide me in this journey. Pray that the finances come together.


Financial Support is the second thing I need help with. I ask that you pray and consider supporting my children and I throughout our adoption journey.  "Pure and undefiled religion before God the father is this, to look after orphans and widows in their distress….." James 1:27.

Finally, PLEASE forward this letter to all your freinds and family asking them to help join in the effort to save two lives.


You can email me with questions, comments or ideas at or send me a message on facebook.


Thank you for investing in the God’s family through prayer and finances. It will be an investment with eternal return! [Matt. 6:20, Matt 25:40] Please pray with me that this entire process will glorify God and fulfill His purposes! You may follow along on this journey by visiting my blog at


In Christ,


Mathina Holmes

*These are not their birthnames.  These are the names I have given them.  They are listed on  as "Amelia" and "Martin".

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