These are the families we run for! Look at their pictures, read their stories and check out their blogs to get to know them better. Also check on the Orphans No More tab to see who has brought their child home since the previous year's runs.
Orphan Love Mud Run 2018
We are the Bishop family. We have been waiting and praying for this specific child, that we are adopting, for over eight years. We strongly believe in James 1:27 that the greatest example of pure religion is to take care of orphans and adoption has always been on our hearts, even before we got married. We are so ready to meet this sweet child of ours that will make us a family of four. We are waiting for you dear one!
"About 18 months ago, we started the process to adopt from Thailand. The wait has been long and frustrating at times, but it has been a blessing to tackle the challenges of the process together as a family while we pursue another precious and loved family member. We are so thankful to be a part of the Orphan Love mud run!"
The Davis Family
We’re the Davis family, and we live in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. We are so honored and excited to be a waiting family and to participate in this year’s race! Over the past 4.5 years, we’ve had several losses while trying to grow our family. But, during this last year, God has placed adoption on our hearts. We are blessed to be on this journey, and so thankful to support other families that are adopting. God bless!
The Doukas Family
We are Bill, Leigh Anne, Owen, and Ryan Doukas. We are waiting to be matched with the final addition to our family. It’s rare to find all four of us in a picture together, but if one of us puts on Mouse ears, we have to do it. We feel that God has called us to grow our family through adoption for our third child and are following His plan for us. John 14:18 I will not leave you as orphans, I will run to you.
The Gordon Family
"We are the Gordon family, party of three that will soon become four! God has laid on our heart a calling to help the overwhelming number of orphans across the world. We have always felt a calling to adopt and had always discussed it not knowing know where to begin. It wasn’t until Will started traveling to Asia more and more that the final pieces of the puzzle began falling into place. After talking to a friend who had adopted from China and a lot of prayer, we began to realize where God was giving us a huge tug to adopt from: China. We might be unable to help all 153 million+ orphans in the world but we can help one. We can answer God’s call for us and change one little girl’s life for the better while spreading awareness of the vast need of all orphaned children around the world. We are excited to be a part of this journey and we so are grateful for the wonderful people who have come into our lives throughout the adoption process. #153millionminus1"
The Nix Family
We are Dwight and Jessica Nix. We have three children; Colton, Marie and Nora. Marie joined our family almost three years ago from Bulgaria. Her adoption process was long and hard, but we learned so much about our faithful God and His great love for us. And so now we are adopting again! We are currently waiting to be matched with a son in India
The Swisher Family
Hi! We’re the Swisher family! We have been in the adoption process for about a year now, and we’re currently waiting to be matched! Adoption has always been close to our hearts, but we really felt that we were being called to do this after our biological daughter was born. Our daughter was born almost 3 months prematurely due to an extremely rare medical circumstance that affects any babies we conceive together. Because of this, we run a high risk of losing any future biological babies. At first, we weren’t sure if we’d have another child at all, but after a year or so of praying and healing from the emotional roller coaster of our daughter being in the NICU and learning this upsetting news, we felt a strong desire to adopt. We are so anxious and excited to be growing our family through adoption! And we are so grateful for your help in making this dream a reality! Thank you for your support!
The Seale Family
We are David, Misty, Luke, Reagan, and Dalens Seale, a family of five longing to be a family of six! On April 12, 2018 after 5 long years we brought our son Dalens home from Haiti! It was one of the most exciting and joyful days of our lives! At the same time it was one of the hardest as we had to leave behind his sister. We are prayerfully expecting her to come home the end of this year! We feel very blessed to be given this opportunity to raise funds to bring her home to our family and to reunite brother and sister! God is Father to the fatherless and He is good ALL the time!
Orphan Love Mud Run 2017
We are the Burleson family. After the adoption of our son, we prayed that God would guide us to the next step for growing our family. Several months ago, we came across an opportunity to adopt from Thailand and have been in the paperwork process ever since. We have already experienced the blessing of adoption and are very eager to meet our third child!
We are the Snider family of 4 waiting on our 5th to join in on the fun! The Lord has been leading us to adoption for the last 4 years, and we have been prayerfully considering this. In Ephesians 1:4-5 it says, "even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will." We believe in adoption so much, because we all have been adopted into Christ's family. After much prayer and research the Lord lead us to a Domestic adoption through Deaconess. We have been in the adoption process for a year and a half, and are now matched! Our hearts are overwhelmed for this child that will soon fill our lives with so much love and joy!
We are Kasey, Maddie, Channing, Lincoln, and Aniston McCoy. We remember talking about adoption a little bit before we were married, but really felt a strong calling after our second biological child was born. We felt that God was telling us that our biological family was over, but that He wanted to add a child to our family a different way. We adopted our daughter Aniston through Crisis Pregnancy Outreach out of Tulsa and have thoroughly enjoyed having an open adoption with Aniston's birth family. We feel led again to pursue the same kind of open adoption with another. We are blessed beyond measure and look forward to sharing our blessings with another!
The Seale Family
We are David, Misty, Luke, and Reagan. Five years ago God called us to specifically adopt from Haiti after visiting several times. In May 2016 we were officially matched with our sweet little guy and soon found out that he also had a sister at the crèche. We decided to start the adoption process all over again in attempt to adopt her as well. We pray that we will be bringing him home later this year and hopefully not long after bringing his sister home! We have a deep love for vulnerable children without families that led us to start a Foster/Adoptive Ministry at our church called Love Does. We are so incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be an adoptive family benefiting from the Orphan Love Mud Run this year!
We are Chris and Dana Wolpert. We have three children, Brayden, Asher and Ella. We've talked about adopting since before we had any of our biological children, its something God gave us a passion for early on. We are currently waiting to be matched with a special needs child from China and in the meantime we are busy working to fund the adoption. We are thrilled to be an Orphan Love Mud Run family and feel very blessed to be chosen!
We are Brady, Angela, Hank, and Willie. Adoption has been in my heart for as long as I can remember. After Brady and I got married we continued to toss the idea around but never made any big steps in that direction. Just two months after our son Willie was born we began to hear God’s call to adopt loud and clear and he was saying now! Another two months later and we were officially signed with our agency. It was just June and we were on our way to adding child number two for 2016! And then the day came; long awaited, fiercely prayed for, faithfully knowing, it came. The night before Thanksgiving 2016 we saw our daughters face for the first time! We had already been loving her for quite some time but head over heels we went again. Fast forward to August 2017, Sawyer just turned two in July and we are lacking one approval to bring her home! Although “the wait” isn’t always ideal we are thankful for the opportunity to grow in wisdom and faith. We are honored to be a part of the Orphan Love Mud Run and excited to meet so many people fighting for orphans all over the world!
Orphan Love Mud Run 2016
The Robinson Family
We are Shane, Erin, Parker, Ella and Walker Robinson. We talked about adopting "some day" before we were married. Life got busy after we had our three biological children, and adoption wasn't really on our radar until God literally placed it on both of our hearts at the exact same time. After much prayer and a lot of research, we decided we would pursue adoption in Haiti. Our case worker told us to get ready for a roller coaster, and it has definitely been one over the past three years. We finally got to meet our daughter, Eusie, in April, and words cannot explain the joy she has already brought to our lives. We are hopeful she will be home in about 9 months but are faithfully praying God will bring her home sooner!
The Stoltzfus Family
We are the Stoltzfus family. Adoption is something we both feel called to do. In 2014 we felt like God was telling us to pursue adoption and were blessed to adopt our amazing son Oliver. This past spring we felt we were being called to pursue adoption once again. We saw how God provided and blessed us with our first adoption and cannot wait to see how he blesses our family this time! He has proven His faithfulness through this journey already and we are excited to see how He continues!
The Perez Family
We are the Perez family. long time ago the Lord put in our hearts the desire to adopt a child, but economic situations made it seem impossible, last year, the Lord began to fret our hearts once again and we began to pray, asking the Lord to open the doors, and we decided to take a leap of faith and trust in his promises, we are very happy and thankful to God for this great opportunity he has given us, to give love, hope and a family to an orphaned child. Praise the Lord. Michel and Janet Perez
The LaBahn Family
Hello! We are the LaBahn family and we have 5 wonderful children - 3 of whom were adopted from China. We love having a big family & believe that children are a blessing from God. We started Judah's adoption process from China in late 2015. When we matched with Judah we learned that he has a significant heart condition that will require open heart surgery. Due to his cardiac condition, the Chinese government has expedited his paperwork & we were thrilled to be united with Judah this week! The name Judah means "let God be praised" - we thank God for giving & sustaining Judah's life and for providing him the chance at a healthy heart through medical intervention. We are happy to be an Orphan Love Mud Run family this year & the funds raised for our family will help offset the costs of Judah's upcoming heart surgery.
The Butler Family
Casey and I began our parenting adventure in 2009 when we adopted David from Ethiopia. A year and a half later we expanded our family again with the birth of Landen. Since our dating years, we envisioned having two kids and we specifically prayed for two handsome and rambunctious boys. Yet in God’s great sovereignty he has invited us to go on another adventure in parenting and adopt another boy from Ethiopia.
It is exciting and emotional to think and work through this journey again. We have experienced the frustration of getting our life in paper organized and sent to Ethiopia, the struggle to be patient as we wait for the day we meet our son but more than that we know the joy that comes from bringing an orphan home. David is no longer an orphan!!!! So, with great humility and trust we follow our Savior and his call to care for orphans. For us, that looks like another adoption and one less orphan in Ethiopia.
Orphan Love Mud Run 2015
The Johnson Family
We are Walter and Melinda Johnson and we currently have one son, Theodore. We adopted Theodore domestically through Deaconess Pregnancy and Adoption services in Oklahoma City just over two years ago. We’ve always known we would love to have more than one child and due to fertility issues, God has lead us to this path to grow our family. We are currently pursuing domestic adoption again for our second little one through the same agency. While the journey to and through adoption can be so difficult we wouldn’t change a second of it and are so excited to be on that journey once again. We so look forward to the day we get to meet our new little one! Thanks for supporting us in our journey to him/her!
The Wheeler Family
Hi! We are Richard and Kimberly Wheeler. 2015 has been a big year of change for us in that we took a huge leap of faith and followed the Lord's tugging on our hearts. Adoption. We are pursuing a domestic, infant adoption. In our 12 years of marriage we've been unable to have biological children and are so excited to start our family! February and early March was filled with TONS of paperwork to complete our home study. March 23rd we were approved! And since that day, it's been a roller coaster of emotions as we eagerly anticipate being matched with a sweet expectant momma. Every day has been filled with prayers, opportunities to trust the Lord, and growth in our relationship and faith as we eagerly wait for the day God sees fit to provide the child we have been waiting for. The opportunity to participate in this event is such an incredible blessing and, although neither one of us has ever attempted a challenge such as this, can't wait to tackle this course, support this amazing ministry, and help to bring our sweet little one home.
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The Fuller Family
We are Zack and Hollie Fuller. We have two biological children, but have always felt called to adopt. Zack felt called to adopt from Ethiopia in high school after working at a camp for Ethiopians. Hollie has always wanted to adopt, and together we feel like now is the time for us to do what God has called us to do. Our agency is America World Adoption. We don’t know if it will be a boy or a girl, but we know it will be the child that God intended for us to have. We are very excited, despite the sometimes overwhelming amount of work and money the adoptive process requires. We are very grateful for your support of our adoption as we try to bring our child home!
The Belt Family
Hello, we are Lloyd, Kelli ,Noah and Micah Belt. We began the adoption journey in 2010 when God led us to adopt a baby girl from Ethiopia. We have been praying for her by name as our Addi May since July 2010 and in July 2015 we finally saw our precious daughters face! God has been so faithful to us during our 5 year journey to our daughter. Although it has not always been easy it will always be worth it. We are doing a paper chase now and hope to have her in our arms in the next 9 months or so!
The King Family
Hi, we're Brady and Amy King. We have had a desire to adopt before we were married over 12 years ago and always pictured ourselves with 3-4 children. Our son, Nathan, was born in 2011. Last summer we were pregnant with our second, but very sadly miscarried at 11 weeks. We began to ask the Lord if 'now' was His time to fully pursue adoption. We didn't get a clear answer, but felt we were to take some steps of faith. Those steps quickly led us to pursuing domestic, open adoption. Just a few pages remain before our 'life book' is complete and we are officially a waiting family! We're so honored, humbled, and excited to be on the journey as an adoptive family this year!
Orphan Love Mud Run 2014
The Jones Family
We are Trace and Randee Jones, and we are excited to participate in the Mud Run (even though we've never done anything like this before!) Our son Simeon came home from Ethiopia in the fall of 2012. He is a joy and fills our home with excitement, energy and laughter- we are so blessed! This time we felt led to pursue domestic adoption, and we are waiting with with prayer and expectation to meet the next child that will join our family. We don't know whether we will be adding a boy or girl, but if you ask Simeon he will tell you he's getting a sister =)
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The Alsup Family
We are Bobby and Sara Alsup and family and we have three children, Marli, Miles, and Mosi. Mosi was adopted from the Democratic of Congo in July of 2013 and because of many unfortunate political circumstances, he is still there. Two years ago, when we begin discussing a third child, adoption hit my husband. We had traveled to my hometown for a weekend visit and it was mission Sunday, where they report of the work they are doing around the globe. We firmly believe that God placed an African adoption on my husband’s heart during that time. We are both blessed and anxious about the path we were walking down however, we know this was what we were called to do. For us, adoption started as a way to grow our family but quickly changed to something much more. We have grown spiritually, our global view has expanded, and this child has already taught us more about life than ever imagined. We are happy to be called children of God because He has given us more than we could have thought of alone and are excited about the things to come! God is Good.
The Manuel Family
Ok here goes. I was adopted as a toddler and knew since I was a child that I wanted to adopt. Janel and I married in 1993 and had our first child Grace in 2003. Blaise came along about three and a half years later and we were pretty sure we were finished having babies. For years, Janel and I had talked about adoption and she never said "no," but "not now." This was something that troubled me, but I didn't press the issue and just prayed about it. One summer Sunday in 2012 while I was at the fire station, Janel and Grace ended up in a church service when she should have been working the nursery, but the lady she shared responsibilities with needed to trade time slots which resulted in Janel being in a service she wasn't scheduled for. The group "His Little Feet" was there that Sunday and the family came straight to the fire station after church and we were ready to adopt. I was thrilled to say the least and after a couple weeks of praying, it was decided we would adopt from Ethiopia. We are currently in the waiting phase and should have a child in 18-36 months. It's been a journey for sure, but I've maintained a sense of peace all along the way.
The Stoltzfus Family
Hi we are the Stoltzfus family! Before my husband Brock and I got married, adoption was something we both felt called to do. Throughout the past year we have felt called to pursue adoption. This past January we started our journey towards a domestic adoption and we are excited with our progress this far. Brock was a runner in high school and college so he is especially excited about this fundraiser. We are excited to be included in this event and cannot wait to participate.
The Nix Family
We are Dwight and Jessica Nix. Our adoption story, like so many others, has many ups and downs. We started our adoption process in January 2012; however, we placed it on hold temporarily to celebrate the birth of our son in October 2012. Shortly after resuming our adoption, our agency filed for bankruptcy and closed. We found a new agency and have switched country programs along the way. We look forward to seeing what God has planned for the rest of our adoption story and faithfully await the day we bring our child home from Bulgaria. Our blog can be found at
Orphan Love Mud Run 2013
The Smith Family
We are the Smith family! We felt led to adoption early in our marriage and started the process to bring home our son in the winter of 2009. When we traveled to Ethiopia in the summer of 2012 to bring him home, we felt God leading our hearts to rejoin the program and pursue bringing home a waiting child from the same orphanage! We've been extraordinarily blessed by adoption and the community we have been blessed to be apart of! Our family is so excited about the future and bringing home our second child, hopefully in the next year!! Our blog is www.smithfamilylowdown.blogspot.com
The Fenrick Family
Our names are Andrew and Mary Rachel Fenrick. Andrew works for Hobby Lobby Corporate, and I am a Pre-K teacher. We are in the final stages of adopting our little girl, Piper Anna, from Deaconess Pregnancy and Adoption Services in Oklahoma City! Piper's amazing birth parents live in the area, and we are pursuing an open adoption with them. Piper was born on June 28, 2013, and we were very blessed to be able to be in the hospital room for her delivery. Piper came home with us from the hospital, but we are currently fostering her until her adoption is complete sometime in December. We chose to adopt because of the difficulty we have had in trying to build our family, and we are already amazed at the ways God has blessed us through our daughter. She is truly a gift.
I keep a blog and write about many things, but lately the hot topic has been- you guessed it- Piper! The link to our blog is http://thefenricks.blogspot.com
The Schill Family
This past year we felt the Lord calling us to pursue international adoption and we are currently in the process of adopting from Ethiopia. We just completed our dossier this past spring and are waiting on God's perfect timing to be matched with our daughter. Ben and I are both runners and we are excited that we can use one of our hobbies to help us fundraise for our adoption! You can follow our adoption journey at www.eatrunteach.wordpress.com
The Reid Family
Our lives intertwined nine years ago. We met in graduate school as each of us sought to follow God’s will for our lives in preparation for full-time ministry. God knitted our hearts and families together and we married in December of 2005. Our marriage, by God’s grace, has always been very strong even through some extremely difficult times. Together, we endured the loss of our first and only child due to miscarriage. Since that heartbreak, we have struggled to understand our desires and God’s calling on our lives to be parents as we have faced 7-1/2 excruciating years of infertility. Despite our hardships, we have grown closer to the Lord and each other. As we have sought God’s will for our family, God has placed an even greater desire in our hearts for adoption. This path is not our “plan B.” Instead, we are confident that adoption is God’s “plan A” for growing our family. We could not be more excited! We are working with Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care Agency in Edmond, OK and are currently waiting to be matched with our birth mother. We are eagerly awaiting the day we get to bring our children home!
The Morales Family
We are the Morales family, Jorge, Lisa and Giovanni Abeyot. We are from Norman, Oklahoma and are currently in the process of adopting from Ethiopia again. In 2011 we brought home our beautiful son, Giovanni Abeyot. He is now 3 years old and we are having the time of our lives. We are now praying for the next "Miracle" to join our family. We are so fortunate to be included as a "family" in the 2013 Mud Run. We participated last year and had a blast and look forward to this year's event.
The Lyons Family
We met fifteen years ago in the Mountains of New Mexico at as campers at Camp Blue Haven. Little did we know at that time that seven years down the road, we would become Mr. and Mrs. Eric Lyons. Shortly after our sixth anniversary, we began our journey of adoption. From early on, we had a premonition that our family would look different; little did we know what God had in store. Our hearts had been moved to bring our first child into the world, God had moved us to adopt. Our faith led us to the decision to open our hearts and our home to a child whose life will begin on the other side of the world. As Christians, we are called to take care of the widows and the orphans, to provide for them with love and sustenance. We began reading about the orphanages in the DRC, and, after much prayer, our hearts belonged to the children of who resided there. One day soon we hope to travel to the DRC and bring home our little boy. Please follow our journey at ericandkylielyons.blogspot.com
The Hands Family
We are Jeff, Krista, Abi (8 yrs) and Eli (5 yrs) Hands, and we are in the process of adopting a daughter who is 13 years old from Ethiopia. Nearly 5 years ago we brought our son, Elias, home from Ethiopia and his story and how we began our family's journey into adoption can be found in the earliest entries of our blog . Specifically Krista met our daughter on a mission trip to Ethiopia through the university she works for in May 2012. There are so many "near misses", so many touches of God upon this journey that our minds and hearts know that He has led us to this child. To read more about our adoption and see God's finger-prints on our journey, we encourage you to read more about our journey on our blog at handsallourown.blogspot.com
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The LaBahn Family
Hello! We are Jacob and Jenny LaBahn and we live in Norman, Oklahoma. We have 5 children - our daughters Jesse and Keenon who are 5, our son Hudson who is 4, our daughter Hannah who is 3, and our youngest son who is on the way from China. We love adoption because it has brought so much joy to our family. We adopted Hudson and Hannah from China in 2011, and God has blessed our lives tremendously through them. We are excited to be on the adoption journey again and hope to travel to China this winter to bring home our son!
The Hager Family
We have always known that we wanted to adopt, we even talked about it on our third date! Now eight years into marriage that dream is becoming a reality. We moved to Norman Oklahoma about three years ago to start a church, and after getting settled here we finally felt the Lord telling us it was time to start the adoption process. After a lot or prayer, we decided to adopt internationally from Uganda. We are currently on the waiting list to be matched with a child, and we are so excited to become parents! Jeremy is still pastoring the church we started here, and Nicole has a photography business photographing babies, children, and families.
The Tanquary Family
In 2011, God blessed the Tanquarys with a very special little girl who was born with down syndrome. It wasn't long until they learned that children like her are disposed of throughout the world.... looking at this precious gift, cooing and smiling like every other child, they were crushed. The fact is that 9 out of 10 babies that are diagnosed prenatally in the US are terminated and in the rest of the world, most children who are born, are left in hospitals, locked away in cribs, to spend their lives alone, under fed, with nothing.... never knowing love, comfort, or joy. This was utterly heartbreaking and they were compelled to do something for one, that they wished they could do for all. They contacted an agency, and signed up to begin the process to adopt. They were sent the photo of a very small four year old girl who had down syndrome and a very limited medical file. They committed to her in Oct 2012, and have worked day and night to get her home where she belongs. All paperwork has been completed and they are just waiting for court to take place and then travel dates for their "gotcha" trip.
The Ward Family
We are Kelly and Tracie Ward!! We have 5 biological children, two angel baby girls in Heaven and two amazing kids in Haiti. We have been in the process to adopt London (age 5) and Samuel (age 2) for the last 15 months. We love adoption and can't wait to bring them home!!