Sunday, October 7, 2012

In the Airport

At the moment I'm in the airport waiting to board a plane to Kona. Do you know who else is in an airport today?

Ten months ago, Andrea and I chose a little boy on Reece's Rainbow to fund raise for. This little boy stood out to us above all of the rest. We weren't sure how we were going to raise the money to help offset the adoption costs, but it felt right. Quickly after starting our fundraising efforts, miracles took place and DOORS were OPENED. (I'll come back to why I put these two words in bold in a moment) Eli's account quickly grew to $20,000. Within 30 days, Eli's soon to be parents found him and committed to his adoption.

Eli's parents faced challenges in finding an adoption agency that was approved in his country. In fact, they were told there were none in the US. They would not be deterred. The searched high and low encountering many dead ends. Finally they had a breakthrough. They were introduced to a small agency called, "An Open Door Adoption Agency". This agency was approved in Eli's country and the long process to adopt began.

In finding An Open Door Adoption Agency this actually opened up many more doors that had previously been closed. In particular, this introduced many children in South America to Reece's Rainbow.

The irony continues. Remember the little girl I met while in South America in June, the little girl I am racing Kona for? I was able to find out about Maelie because of An Open Door Adoption Agency.
Now to answer your question about who else is spending time in an airport traveling today...Eli's parents! Eli's family is on their way to his country today to meet their son. The very same day I'm heading to Kona to race for Maelie. Coincidence? Not a chance!

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