Guest post: Glorious Gage!

January 17th, 2014


NOTE: The following message is from Amy Rainey, coordinator since October, 2011 of the Hidden Treasures auctions–fun online events held every other month to help families bringing children home from the baby house in Pleven, Bulgaria.




Happy New Year! I pray that every family touched by this email is beginning this new year with the expectancy of all that God is going to do for His great glory!

Can you believe we are only two weeks away from our next auction? Time passes so quickly these days that it fairly boggles my mind. Our Glorious Gage auction will run February 1-7. As always, I stand ready to receive your donations to help this sweet boy come home to the family that is anxiously awaiting his arrival. Oh, the wonderful changes that are on the horizon for precious Gage!



Please consider what you might be able to offer for Gage’s auction. There are so many options from gift cards to handmade items. If you have an idea, send me an email and we will chat about it. Every auction leaves me more amazed at your creativity.

Read all about Glorious Gage and his family HERE. 

Be blessed, my friends!
Amy Rainey
Hidden Treasures Coordinator




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5 Responses to “Guest post: Glorious Gage!”

  1. Galit says:

    Susanna:  I know you are very busy right now, but I hope you can answer this.  I just came across this article:
    If I recall correctly, the agency involved is the same one you have used, so I was concerned.  The comments do mention that Bulgaria has a relatively low rate of corruption compared to other countries, but since I know many readers seek to follow your example, I hope you can shed light on avoiding a fraudulent adoption.
    Thank you!

  2. Susanna says:

    Galit, thank you for bringing that post to my attention. We used Lifeline for Katie’s adoption but would never use it again and adamantly do not recommend it to others for several reasons that are serious to us but had nothing to do with the reasons given in the article. We have privately tried to steer others clear of it if they asked us for input. Our list of reasons has grown longer as we have watched the experience of close friends who had dealings with Lifeline. So this article is of special interest to us. We know much more about international adoption now than we did back then.

    I agree with the commenter Joleigh (my personal friend) who has adopted from Bulgaria and vouched for its adoption process. It’s always going to be safer *in my personal opinion* to adopt from a Hague country than a non-Hague country, *unless* you are adopting a child who would not be valued for human trafficking purposes of any kind.

    I also agree with the commenter Christianne, who is cautioning others against throwing the baby out with the bathwater. The truth is that while there are people who will deal unlawfully in human lives to benefit themselves or their cause, there are also reputable agencies who abide by the law to help bring orphaned or abandoned disabled children into loving families, children in legitimate need waiting in baby houses and mental institutions who would be undesirable to human traffickers.

  3. Kim says:

    I love Gage!  I just e-mailed you, Amy! God bless you bunches for this ministry!

  4. Hannah Stam says:

    Susanna- just tried to email you and it didn’t go through– a friend was asking me questions about possibly beginning an int’l adoption process, some things I had specifically talked about with you but I wasn’t able to give a solid answer. Could you email me?
    Love, blessings– Hannah Stam

  5. Susanna says:

    Emailing you, Hannah…

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