Help the Ryder Family Adopt from Ukraine

For: The newest Ryders
Yigo, Guam
Organizer: Stephan and Audrey Ryder
Help the Ryder Family Adopt from Ukraine (The newest Ryders)
of $40,000 goal
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The Story

As Christians, adoption has always seemed like one of the most natural things we could do. After all, we are the adopted sons and daughters of God. As Christians, we are also charged to aid the orphaned, the hungry, the widowed, and the needy. During our times of prayer, growing our family was placed on our hearts. Despite it seeming like not the best timing, as we had only just moved to Guam for our first assignment with the Air Force and were still fairly young at the time, we trusted that God had a plan for us, so we cast our net wide. During this time, we sent out a pre-application to several Christian adoption agencies that focused on international adoption. (Domestic adoption is not a good fit for us, at the moment, due to our unique place in the military and in Guam).

Shortly before the New Year, we were contacted by one of the adoption agencies underneath the umbrella of agencies we had sent our pre-application to. They had told us that we would be a perfect fit for their Ukraine program, especially taking into consideration how conservative the country was and who Ukraine would prefer to adopt their children. We took a few days to pray about the issue, vetted our thoughts and determined that they were certainly from the Lord and not from us. 

With that knowledge in mind, we took the leap of faith and on Steve's 30th birthday, we signed a contract with an agency that works solely with Ukrainian adoptions.

The initial sticker price is difficult for us though. Since Steve is a Captain in the US Air Force, any future children will already have their healthcare and dental care provided for by the military, a guaranteed lovely home and food covered in advance, and a number of other benefits thanks to Steve's job. Audrey will be able to stay at home with them and work with them intensively on attachment, learning language skills, and catching up on milestones they've likely missed due to the lack of one-on-one attention. She's also planning on home schooling the older girls and getting them involved in the active home schooling community here on Guam. Military service members and their families receive many benefits, but a high salary really isn't one of them. 

Crowdfunding an adoption was one of the last things we wanted to do, but in trying to follow what we feel we've been charged with. The youngest boy has only known the inside of an orphanage and his oldest siblings are due to be transferred in the next year, splitting the siblings from seeing one another. We're asking our family, friends and community for help. We realize that this plan is something we cannot do without the Lord’s hand in it, and continuously pray that He will pave the way. 

Also, if we happen to have anything left over, the remainder will be donated to aiding Ukrainian orphans and potentially helping to sponsor one of the them for adoption, so that other American families can also follow that same calling of adoption. Please check out our blog for information on orphans in Ukraine, and the conditions in which they are currently living. Every single penny that is donated will go to help this mission we feel so charged about. 

So please... please help us bring our little one(s) home. We can't wait to show them true, unconditional love and care, and look forward to providing more updates on them! 

Thank you in advance for your time, your prayers, your moral support and your financial support! 


Stephan and Audrey Ryder

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 15, 2017

Posted on November 15, 2017

We have travel dates! We'll be flying out December 3rd for our meeting with the government on December 5th! Onward and forward! 

Posted on September 20, 2017

Posted on September 20, 2017

Our translated dossier has been submitted and we're just awaiting travel dates! Hoping to travel late next month! 

Posted on July 11, 2017

Posted on July 11, 2017

Our biometrics appointment went swimmingly on June 26th, and we should be receiving our last paper from them soon, giving us approval to proceed! 

Currently, we're finishing up the last of the dossier paperwork and apostilling process and applying for grants (and awaiting to hear back from nine foundations). We know we've made it to the second round for two, and really pray that we're selected for one. 

Our current goal is to have our full, completed, translated dossier sent out by August 1st. This should hopefully be a reasonable timeline! 

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