Our Family

Our Family

Friday, July 31, 2015

***UPDATE ***8/8/15 Our Life is a Puzzle! First Fundraising Goal...

***24 pieces claimed...476 more to go to get 500 names on the puzzle! Let's show the boys that there are at least 500 people in the world willing to donate $10 or more to give them a family where they can be together, forever. God bless you all!

To know also the charity of Christ, which surpasseth all knowledge, that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do all things more abundantly than we desire or understand, according to the power that worketh in us; To him be glory in the church, and in Christ Jesus unto all generations, world without end. Amen.
Ephesians 3:19-21"
Ok ...here it goes! This is  our first fundraising goal to bring these precious brothers home from China. We are beginning with a Puzzle, appropriate since God is in charge of piecing together orphans and families.

$4500 for the Home-study and initial documents.

The first 500 people to donate $10 or more will get their name on the back of a puzzle piece that will be revealed when all of the pieces have been purchased. The Puzzle will be glued together and displayed in our home in a 2 sided frame, showing the people that made this adoption possible.

I will post updated pictures of a goal thermometer showing how much has been raised, as well as the back of the puzzle with all the pieces as the fund grows through donations.

You can donate using the paypal button on the side of our blog, marking it as a gift...then there will be no fees. May God bless you for your generosity, you will be added to our family prayers.

***$40,000 is the current amount estimated for the total expenses of bringing the boys home.(Hopefully it will be decreasing)


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Fundraising Goals!

Ok ...here it goes! These are our fundraising goals to bring these precious brothers home. We are in a time crunch as the older brother "times out" at age 14 in March 2016. Then he is no longer adoptable. Please help us raise the $ needed quickly. We hope to be able to Travel to China in December to bring the boys home.

$6,500...Agape Adoption Fees...$40,000...Approximate Total Adoption costs fundraising goal

Approximate Goals:
$3,000 needed at the time of the Home study
$3,200 needed for China program fees at Dossier preparation
$720 + another $720 for 2nd child at I 800 filing...Immigration filing
$425...Fingerprinting for 5 people
$1000...Birth certificates, Marriage License, Criminal Background Study, Psych evaluations,        Physical/Medical Evaluations,
$11,200...Orphanage Fee for 2 brothers (asking for reduction)
$12,000...Travel & lodging expenses in China for Parents and 2 Children
$500...Chinese Entry Visas per person
$2000 Document Fees for 2 brothers
$1500...US Attorney Fees and Court Fees
$2000...Post Placement report fees

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hearing God's Voice

Luke 13:34
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent to thee, how often would I have gathered thy children as the bird doth her brood under her wings, and thou wouldest not?

Every child deserves the love of a family. Whether they are in Africa, India, South America, China, Russia, Columbia, the United States of America...or anywhere else in the world! There are so many children in the world that are without a family to call their own. Poverty, death, abandonment or abuse have deprived them of a nurturing family and a place to call "home." They have suffered so much in their short lives. Many are called to provide loving homes for the worlds orphaned children. Some are called to adopt children in Foster Care. Others adopt infants who might otherwise be aborted. Many are led half way around the world to the child or children who are to become theirs. Many cannot adopt children themselves, but can help financially, or by being prayer warriors.  Each family is a part of the puzzle God puts together to give His orphans a home, without each and every piece the puzzle is not complete!

James 1:27
Religion clean and undefiled before God and the Father, is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation: and to keep one' s self unspotted from this world.

Have you ever wondered how God speaks to His children? Me too! In my case it usually begins with a longing in my heart. Then I begin wondering if it is really God, or is it my own agenda? Then I pray to discern God's intentions. And I wait. And I speak to my Husband and ask him to pray. Then, most times, if it is from God, things start happening that lead me in the direction to go, or close the door. Many times I wonder how God thinks I have what it takes to carry out His Divine Will. We don't have the funds to adopt...it wasn't in our plans at this time. But God knows how it will all work out, we just have to trust and obey. ( And work and PRAY!) So begins another adoption journey...this time we are hoping to head to China to bring home a sibling group of 2...ages 9 and 13!  I hope that you will follow along with us, support us in prayer, and if you are so led...we humbly ask for a donation gift that will help 2 orphans find a home in this world. I will be posting our monetary goals as we go along, and I have a Paypal button on the side of the blog that will go to an adoption account. Unfortunately it is not tax deductible at this time.
May God bless you for your support...we will keep you in our prayers as well!