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)
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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 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  


Posted on January 19, 2018

Posted on January 19, 2018

Our family has been through some difficulties lately, including multiple health issues. Consequently, this update is a bit delayed, so thank you for your patience!   About two weeks ago, we visited JPN (government office) regarding our application for the BCs (Birth Certs) for the girls. This was a return visit as we had to be approved as the girls' guardians first (which we were!). We walked in with all our docs in order but fully expected to run into complications. (Other couples at this point have gotten stuck for months.) Providentially, because of a backlog of people, we went straight to an officer (bypassing the clerk). We were upfront about our situation. Even though it is more complex than the average late birth registration, the officer documented everything and accepted our application. In 14 days business days we should get a notification in the mail that the BCs are ready. Please be praying that the process would go as smoothly as they said!


Posted on December 13, 2017

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Posted on December 13, 2017

We had a great 6 month check-up. The girls are growing healthy and strong. They’ve almost caught up to full-term weight. And even though their corrected age is 3.5 months, the doctor was impressed that they are showing the developmental skills of 5 month olds.

Adelaide can roll over onto her back and is really starting to enjoy her rice cereal. Elaina loves music and will watch intently as Matt sings and plays guitar for her.

Four months ago, sleep became a distant memory. Just recently, the girls started going to bed around 7-8pm ... and then sleeping for 8 hours!! It’s amazing how much easier if is now for mom and dad to cope during the day.

We’re looking forward to the girls’ first Christmas and want this to be a time of giving and rejoicing in God’s goodness. We have so much to celebrate! 

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