October 9, 2013
Dear Family and Friends,
As you may know we have been led by God to adopt a child into our family. We are adopting a baby girl sometime around the beginning of November. Troy and I will be traveling to Florida to meet the Birthmother and baby shortly after she is born. As a family, we’ve been praying for this sweet young mother and baby for the last few weeks. We are excited for the possibility that she will place her baby with our family.
What has prompted us to adopt?
Primarily, we’ve felt so clearly directed by God to adopt, that we want to obey Him. We also desire to give a child a permanent Christian family that she probably wouldn’t otherwise have. God desires for orphans of all nations to be loved, cared for, and adopted into Christian families—ultimately so they can become saved and adopted into His eternal family through Jesus Christ.
There are over 147 million orphans worldwide and 120,000 children currently in the U.S. foster care system. It is estimated that less than 10 percent of these children are adopted into evangelical Christian families.
The biggest challenge is not opening our hearts and home to another child, but it is finding the finances to make this happen. The estimated total cost for the adoption is $27,000. That’s certainly money we don’t have, but we know God is faithful and is leading us to trust Him. By God’s grace we’ve been able to pay the initial $10,000.
Honestly it’s a little difficult (because of our pride) to make our needs known to the body of Christ, but we realize it is biblical to do so. Your friendship and support are greatly appreciated. We would like to ask you to pray and consider helping us in one or two ways with our adoption.
1. Please pray for this sweet young expecting mom and baby’s health in these last few weeks of pregnancy and pray for a smooth and uncomplicated delivery. Please pray that her heart and soul will move closer to God as we show Gods love to her through our words and actions.
2. Will you please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help cover the remaining $17,000 adoption expenses? Our goal date is December 9, but funds will be accepted until our adoption is complete.
Making a Donation
We are using Lifesong for Orphans, which is a 501c3 tax exempt organization to receive donations on our behalf. Lifesong retains full discretion over your donation, but intends to honor your suggested use, which is for our adoption fund. Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all U.S. administrative and fund-raising costs; TMG Foundation and others, which means 100% of your donation goes to the adoption.
When donating by check, make checks payable to “Lifesong for Orphans. In the memo, note “family account number: #3765” and “family name: FOSTER” to assure it goes to the correct account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.
Another option is to give online CLICK HERE by selecting Give to an Adoptive Family and then complete the online form using 3765 as the Family Account Number and Foster as Family Name. *Please note that your donation is decreased by 2.9% + $.30 USD when using PayPal.*
We thank you so much for investing in the Kingdom through prayer and finances—it will be an investment with an eternal return! We’ll give you an update with a picture of Baby Faith and details as we receive them. Please pray this entire process will glorify God and fulfill His purposes.
*Individual donations of $250 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $250 will gladly be sent upon request.* In order to have your contribution be tax deductible, do not use the paypal link on this page- go to the Lifesong site as directed above. If you do not care about that aspect feel free to use this link.