Help Matthew and Helen Belleville rescue twin babies!

For: Matthew and Helen Belleville
Houston, TX
Organizer: Reconstructionist Radio
Help Matthew and Helen Belleville rescue twin babies! (Matthew and Helen Belleville)
$5,350
of $20,000 goal
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Raised by 57 donors

The Story

After working in the Middle East, God directed us to Malaysia where we recently got our professional visas. We pursued working here when we became aware of the needs of the stateless children. Helen was adopted and both of us feel strongly, the need for God's people to follow His Word obediently, to care for the fatherless and widow. We believe God has put us in a unique place to serve these children. Recently, we were approached about adopting stateless twins whose mother wants to relinquish her rights. They were born prematurely and have been in the hospital for the past two months. Now that they are ready to be discharged, the medical expenses are costly and the preemies will need ongoing medical care. Other couples have backed out, but we believe that to refuse would be to reject God's command.

Here are the basics regarding expenses: - There are around $10k in medical bills that the mother can't pay. > A charitable organization is willing to stand as guarantors for the fees so that the babies can come home with us, and the hospital will allow us to pay in installments. - The babies do have some medical concerns (respiratory issues) so we will need to purchase monitoring equipment and see a doctor regularly. (I don't have an estimate yet, we need to talk to the hospital tomorrow and then see a doctor on Monday.) - We need to pay for an adoption service provider and a home study. From what we can gather, they may charge us separately for each child. (This may be $3000 - 5000 per child.) - We think that the church here can provide a lot of the baby things we need, but we don't have anything yet (at least not for preemie twins). - We think a local group will cover our Malaysian legal expenses, but that was for the last case, so we still need to get confirmation. (If they don't, that would be around $4000.) Once the mother terminates her rights tomorrow, then we will be responsible for the babies. 1. We will need to get their birth certificates (we're not sure yet if the hospital will issue them, or if we will need to apply since it has been two months). 2. We will need to appear before a Malaysian court that will assign us as guardians and appoint a social worker to our case. 3. The social worker will do a home visit (for MY purposes only), and then in 3-6 months time we will go back to court and be approved for adoption. 4. Birth certificates will then be re-issued in our names. And we will be their legal parents in MY. Meanwhile, we need to apply for citizenship with the US. We will need an adoption service provider who is willing to handle our case. They will complete a home study and submit our application and dossier to the government. If we are approved, then we will have an appointment with the US embassy. The US embassy will clear us to take the babies back to the States for citizenship. At any point along the way, we could run into difficulties. Even if we successfully adopt in Malaysia, there is a risk that an adoption service provider will not take our case. At that point, we will need to make our case and find legal assistance to get the babies US citizenship.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 20, 2018

Posted on May 20, 2018

Howdy y'all,  The last few weeks have been in flux. It seems like every Monday adds another hurdle to the ones already set. These have included: finding out the girl's adoption process could still take a year or two longer than expected, unexpected expenses, changes with work, constant "you got it and then you don't" with apartments, and a failed wire-transfer scare for our deposit. Depression has been a continual foe to face and trusting the Lord can be quite trying.  Thank you for the financial support and prayers.  Grace & Peace 


Posted on March 25, 2018

Posted on March 25, 2018

Hello Everyone,  

The past few months we've been at a standstill, waiting for the government office to finish the birth cert process. We just got the news yesterday that we can come and pick them up from the office! An enormous hurdle finally jumped!   Please be praying, because next will be the amendment, guardianship approval, and the Malaysian adoption (in that order). As we move forward in the process, more and more of the expected expenses will come a-knockin'. We are incredibly thankful for the support that continues to be sent to us. 


Posted on February 11, 2018

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Posted on February 11, 2018

We are so encouraged by God’s provision! January was a tough month financially so we’re thankful for all of you using RR’s platform to help us and for your prayers. I remember it was your Biblical and practical encouragement that solidified Matt’s decision to take the girls. And it helped us through those first months when we lost friends and church support because of our decision. So thanks for being true friends in Christ and loving the orphans with us! We can’t imagine life without our girls now  

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