Houston, Texas 77292
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, children are a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons born in one youth. Happy is the man who has filled his quiver with them.
To provide financial assistance for families interested in international adoption of children from Russia or Ukraine.
Cindy and Corey arrived home on 3/31/12 with Svetlana ("Lana"), their newly adopted daughter from Russia. The photo shows them arriving home at the Miami International airport. The Schmatjens are enjoying their very energetic addition to the family. They are now a family of 7: Corey and Cindy and their children - CJ (14), Annika (12), Joel (10), Steven (8), and now Lana (3). Corey has been a pastor at Palm Vista Community Church in Miami Lakes, FL for 10 years. Cindy home schools all of the children. Lana fits well with her noisy, active brothers and her older sister & roommate, Annika, is doing a great job helping care for Lana.
For more information or photos, you can visit their blog at: http://schmatjensadoption.wordpress.com.
After becoming the birth parents of two children, Shonette & Darrel Koebel became foster parents, which led them to adoption of the foster children. Over a number of years, they adopted 5 children and became birth parents to 2 more. But God wasn't through adding to their family. In 2009, stepping out in faith, the Koebels began the process of their first international adoption. In 2010, they adopted Anna Kae Hope from Ukraine.
Donny 20, Grace 18, Samuel 13, Stephen 13, Addie 13,
A.J. 11, Marissa 11, Asher 8, Judah 7, and Anna Kae 5
Please click here to read the Koebel's story in their own words of their love for God and family and the adoption of Anna Kae Hope from Ukraine.