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A Birthday Party to Remember!

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Ana with her firends at her birthday party.

On Sunday, July 19, Ana turned 9 and had a very special birthday celebration with her friends — one she will always remember. Her party included pizza, cupcakes, and colorful balloon crowns that her dad made for her and all the guests. But there was something missing — birthday gifts.

Instead of gifts for herself, Ana decided to ask her friends to consider making donations to Dorie’s Promise. Having read recent letters from Forever Changed International that described how funding was down and that donations were urgently needed, Ana and her mom began to consider how they could help. So invitations quickly went out that included information about Dorie’s Promise and its website, along with a note of encouragement that a gift of charity would be the best gift Ana could ask for.

Ana made her birthday party special by asking for donations to Dorie's Promise instead of gifts.Ana herself was once an orphan* and wanted to give back to help the children who live in the same place she did as an infant. She came home to be with her adoptive family in 2007 when she was eight months old. She enjoys looking at the photos of when she was a baby living in Casa 6 and recognizes the familiar setting when she looks at the Forever Changed International website to see photos of the child her family sponsors at Dorie’s Promise.

Ana’s birthday party was filled with fun and special memories with her closest friends, two of whom were also adopted from Guatemala. It was exciting to add up all the donations that came in and share the total at the party.

Ana prays that the money will be a blessing to the children of Dorie’s Promise and is happy to know that she is helping in some small way. As the saying goes, it is truly better to give than to receive!

*International adoptions from Guatemala closed in 2008

Birthday donations

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

By Pablo Villagran-

Birthday parties are a special occasion for any child, but former resident Maria Jabin marked her happy day recently with a unique twist.

In place of gifts to Maria, who just turned seven, her friends made donations to Dorie’s Promise.

“She also asked her friends to bring princess costumes or accessories for the little girls at Dorie’s Promise,” says her mother, Kay. “We sent them to Guatemala, along with some gifts for the Special Mothers.

“We included pictures and a letter that our oldest daughter wrote in Spanish, updating them on Maria and how she is doing here in the United States.”

Maria is the youngest of six children the couple are raising; five are adopted. They first adopted Vanya from Bulgaria in 1995 through All God’s Children International (AGCI.) That process brought them in touch with our founder, Heather Radu.

Part of a large group of families from Cincinnati, Ohio who adopted through AGCI, the Jabins helped organize reunion picnics and hosted Bulgarians during visits to America. After adopting Vanya, the Jabins adopted three boys through the foster care system in Ohio.

“In 2004 we decided to adopt through AGCI again,” Kay says. “Their program in Guatemala was running well and we were interested in adopting an infant.”

Aside from their oldest, (natural) daughter, Rebekah, all of their other children were three or four years old when they joined the family.

So, the Jabins looked forward to welcoming another infant. They completed their paperwork in Guatemala and secured approval in the winter of 2005.

Throughout this period, the Jabins had been praying for “Baby Maria” even though they had no idea how long it would take before they got another child.

In the spring of 2005, Tim and Rebekah spent a week here helping to paint, move furniture, and spend time caring for and playing with the children.

A few days after returning home, the Jabins received an e-mail from AGCI, saying they needed a family to accept a referral for a baby girl who could potentially have a health problem.

“When we received the e-mail we quickly realized that Rebekah had spent almost an entire day with this baby,” Kay recalls.

“We had literally been looking at some pictures of our daughter holding Maria when we received the e-mail. We couldn’t help thinking that some kind of divine intervention was taking place.”

The Jabins responded immediately with a “yes.” As it turned out, Maria never developed a health condition. Tim and Kay call that a sign that God simply wanted this little girl in their family.

In the summer of 2011, Rebekah returned to Dorie’s Promise with a couple of college friends on a mission trip.

During their visit, Rebekah was able to do morning devotions with the Special Mothers who had cared for Maria.

“The Special Mothers told her that one thing that made them sad was not hearing from adoptive families and about how the children were doing after they left the orphanage,” Kay says.

However, in this case the story is known—and what a happy one!