Help Baby "A" become a Belleville

For: Matt and Helen Belleville
Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Organizer: Lauren Deslippe Gothro
Help Baby "A" become a Belleville (Matt and Helen Belleville)
$7,169
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 32 donors
71% Complete

The Story

This is Baby A. Her birth mother needs to relinquish her rights as a mother, but wants to make sure Baby A goes to a good home. She has rejected offers to buy her baby, though selling babies into the sex trade is rampant in this part of the world. 

In the Lord's perfect timing, Matt and Helen ran into the woman who is trying to find a home for Baby A. Because of the complications, no other families are interested in adopting her. Baby A is with her mother for now, but Matt and Helen are praying that once they get work visas, they will be able to take care of her and eventually adopt her.

The Belleville's are trying to get their professional visas processed as soon as possible. The cost of this is around $5,000. The adoption legal fees and DNA testing will be around $2,000. And there will be more costs as the process continues.

Recently Matt and Helen took a huge risk and left the school they were working at because of ethical issues. They are currently trusting the Lord for financial provision while helping families who have also left the school. They are providing an alternative education at financial costs to themselves.

We know the Lord can do more than we ask or imagine. Helen and Matt need financial assistance to enable them to adopt Baby A during this time of job transition. We are looking forward to Him moving in mighty ways in this situation.

Please pray for Baby A's safety as she stays with her birthmother until the Belleville's visas are in process.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 22, 2017

Posted on August 22, 2017

Going back, I realized I made a mistake calculating the funds spent (I missed a donation and calculated that as a fee YouCaring must have taken). So, the YouCaring fee was actually $102 and $378 was deposited into our account, which was used for the twins' $7000+ medical bill. I'm relieved that the YouCaring fees weren't that high! :)

Posted on August 17, 2017

Posted on August 17, 2017

This is the hardest update we've had to write. However, it is bittersweet.

In June, we found out that Baby A's mother was pregnant again. We agreed to take the second baby if she wanted to place him for adoption. In the meantime, Baby A's mother wasn't ready to place Baby A, so we were put on hold for about 7 months ... or so we thought. In the meantime, we knew we needed to look more carefully into the US citizenship laws. Stateless adoption is not a well-chartered endeavor, and we discovered several complications regarding our situation with Baby A.

The week that Matt was in the US and Helen was caring for the twins (you can read about their story here), the birth mother texted Helen that she had miscarried her baby boy. This was very difficult for us as we felt that we also lost a baby we were expecting.

With the miscarriage, Baby A's mother was able to make her original appointment with the embassy on August 7th. This meant we needed to figure out if an adoption service provider would take our case and help us work through the complexities to get citizenship for Baby A. We were given 48 hours to make a decision. Matt was traveling back from the US, so Helen started contacting adoption lawyers and adoption service providers. All of them agreed, because of the complications of the situation, application for Baby A's citizenship would be denied. We decided that if another family with different citizenship was willing to adopt Baby A, that would be better for her. It broke our hearts to say that we couldn't take her, but we know our only assurance of being able to truly help these children is if we help them with a clear conscience before God. Because we couldn't do that, we prayed that He would provide another family for Baby A.

Praise God, He answered prayer and another Christian family with different citizenship has already taken her into their home.

Just so that we are as transparent as possible, we wanted to explain how we used the funds that all of you were able to help us raise (for which we are so thankful).

- $5100 for the visas to stay in Malaysia
- $450 for medical and supplies
- $480 fees (YouCaring)

- $790 unspent (which was used towards twins' medical fees)

Despite the heartache, we are thankful that God brought Baby A into our lives. She was a blessing to us while we had her. Caring for Baby A strengthened our desire to stay here and care for the stateless children of Malaysia. We pray that God will continue to open doors for us to do that in a better capacity.

Posted on July 19, 2017

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Posted on July 19, 2017

The plight of stateless children continues to burden our hearts. As we wait for news about Baby A and other babies in need, we are looking for ways to help this issue on a larger scale. We received our visas! And we trust that God is allowing us to stay for purposes we don't yet fully understand. Please pray with us that hearts would be enlarged and that eyes would be opened. May justice and mercy walk hand-in-hand to help these little ones.

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