Psalm 68:5-6

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

I am Stepanie Nance. My family adopted two little boys with Down Syndrome from Ukraine in 2010. I hope to educate and to inspire you. I hope to make you laugh and to make you cry.

Come along for the ride. It's a wild one!

Monday, May 16, 2011

TLC for the 99

Last summer we left the ninety-nine to find the one. We literally left our nine children to rescue two. (If you are new here check the archives from July and August 2010.)

My heart was forever changed.

Scores of people travel to third world countries on mission trips and return home content to settle back into their comfy lives. And that's OK, I guess. I cannot discern the difference between them and me, but, my broken heart will not leave me alone. I'll never be as satisfied with comfort as I used to be.

When I left Ukraine to return home with my two new sons, I left the ninety-nine once again. I left behind treasured children to whom I sang for 5 weeks. To them I sang, "Jesus Love's Me." I told them that Jesus loves them. Twice a day. Every day.

Then I left.

99% of the children I left behind will never be adopted. They will never have a visitor. No one to teach them about Jesus. They are as alone as a person can be. I can't forget them.

I won't.

Allow me to introduce Project TLC. Project TLC is the Spirit-led effort of three mothers who adopted children with Down Syndrome from this region of Ukraine. We are dedicated to improving the life of disadvantaged children in Crimean communities and orphanages, serving their spiritual and physical needs with the love of Christ.

Adoption is wonderful and I fully support it. I just cannot forget the ninety-nine I left behind. Do you have a heart for these children, too? Will you support us?

The female inmates of mental institutions, women and girls, are often forced to use cloth pads each month. In addition, they frequently run out of laundry and bar soap. Can you imagine? We plan to make a gift of hygiene items, soap and diapers to one specific institution in July. With the Father's help , we will raise $2000 before the end of June so we can deliver this aid.

Remember, but for the awesome grace of our Father, Theo would be living in a mental institution right now. That is, if he managed to survive another year.

And Carrington. This little one barely escaped the orphanage with her precious life.

I hope that you will support Project TLC for the sake of Theo and Carrington. You may email for more information. And watch this space...more announcements about Project TLC will be coming soon.


  1. AWW THIS IS AMAZING! I knew it would be something big- like I said GO GIRL! how do I get in on this? just donations or ???? There for a secind I thought you were gonna say you were going back for more babies!

  2. Stephanie!
    This is so wonderful!! We will definitely want to be able to help as much as we can. Some may have to wait until after we get our two dear boys from EE home, but be assured that you can count on us!! I am praying that you will touch the hearts of many and see an amazing outpouring of love and support for your new ministry. May MANY eyes be newly opened both to the love of God, the treasures that are these children, and the truth of the situation of orphans in EE, and world-wide!

  3. YAY!!! So happy for you and this new ministry!! Will be praying for all three of you and the region that you will be travelling to!!

  4. Stephanie this is amazing! I am so excited about this. Praying for all of you!

  5. Thanks all! Please keep us in your prayers. We need the Father to open doors for us to help the children who need us most. We are accepting monetary donations for now. We may accept items when we travel in the fall. I will keep you all informed. Thanks again!

  6. Hi Stephanie...I'm sure you're already on it, but lots of companies will donate items if you contact their headquarters directly. I'm in the process of requesting shoes for an institution in the Ukraine. I'll let you know if I have any luck!

  7. This is awesome! So glad to see the good that is ocming from Carrington's and Theo's stories. Will be willing to help in any way that's ever needed. Help fundraising, writing blog posts to spread the word, sharing on FB, whatever you think :)

  8. Thanks Lisa! That's a wonderful idea. Melissa, we need people to share our project on their blogs. The majority of the people in the USA are in dark about what is happening to children in Eastern Europe. We really do need your help. :) Thanks!

  9. LOVE this! God can turn anything into something beautiful!

    Brooke Annessa

  10. I loved reading your story. It sounds so familiar to our own. We left the nine to go after the one back in 2009. Congratulations on you latest arrivals, may God bless each of your treasures as they shine from your crown, wow, 11, how wonderful!!

  11. PS I can't wait to share your heart with my friends...I'm so happy to hear about Project TLC...I'm with you, my heart won't leave me alone, so many more are still waiting...God bless you!

  12. Hi We have adopted children here in the UK , would dearly love to adopt a child with disabilities from ukraine.Is it impossible?
    Julie xxxx



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