Hosting and Adopting Jose!

Andy McMullin
Andy McMullin Bel Air, Maryland

We have been talking about adoption ever since we were married 16 years ago.  However, it started long before that, it started with our Lord’s perfect plan of redemption.  Through Christ, we are all adopted into God’s family, through Christ we are called sons and daughters of the King, through Christ we are privileged to bless those in need.  Growing up, we saw the blessing of adoption in our own respective families, and at our church now (Mt. Zion UMC) we have been inspired by so many parents that have chosen to adopt.  I (Andy) direct the Youth Ministry at Mt. Zion, and a few years ago, on a middle high retreat, I counted 13 adopted children out of 30 on the retreat.  How awesome is that?!

We began the process to adopt 3.5 years ago.  Initially, we planned to adopt from Bulgaria, but the Lord had different plans.  Over the last couple years we have known 11 children adopted from Colombia, 8 of which attend our church.  Our desire now is to adopt from Colombia.  The doors have been opened for us to pursue Jose.  Jose is an 8 year old boy (turns 9 on September 11). He desires to have a mom, dad, and older siblings.  Jose once had a family, but due to unfortunate circumstances, that is not possible in Colombia. Jose also dealt with severe health concerns at the age of 5 but is now doing better, however, he still struggles with some of the long term repercussions of the illness he endured.  Though we have never met Jose, we will have the opportunity of hosting him from July 24- August 14!  This is coming up real soon!  We are super excited!  Our hope is that we will be able to adopt him by November, 2017.  Our biological children, Mark and Ella, have always been excited and supportive about the idea of having another sibling.

Many of you have been praying and providing financial support-thank you!  One of the biggest hurdles to adoption is the expense, and we’ve seen God providing every step of the way.  One example of His provision is that we have a $2,500 matching grant through this fundraising campaign!  We are now in the process of trying to raise $15,000.   As you’ll see below, all donations are tax deductable.

Thank you in advance for all your support!  And for our friends with Colombian children, we will be calling on you a lot with all types of questions (especially learning Spanish)!

In Jesus,

Andy and Emily McMullin


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “McMullin 6481”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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Raised to date by 30 people
 of  $15,000
Campaign Ended

My Story

We have been talking about adoption ever since we were married 16 years ago.  However, it started long before that, it started with our Lord’s perfect plan of redemption.  Through Christ, we are all adopted into God’s family, through Christ we are called sons and daughters of the King, through Christ we are privileged to bless those in need.  Growing up, we saw the blessing of adoption in our own respective families, and at our church now (Mt. Zion UMC) we have been inspired by so many parents that have chosen to adopt.  I (Andy) direct the Youth Ministry at Mt. Zion, and a few years ago, on a middle high retreat, I counted 13 adopted children out of 30 on the retreat.  How awesome is that?!

We began the process to adopt 3.5 years ago.  Initially, we planned to adopt from Bulgaria, but the Lord had different plans.  Over the last couple years we have known 11 children adopted from Colombia, 8 of which attend our church.  Our desire now is to adopt from Colombia.  The doors have been opened for us to pursue Jose.  Jose is an 8 year old boy (turns 9 on September 11). He desires to have a mom, dad, and older siblings.  Jose once had a family, but due to unfortunate circumstances, that is not possible in Colombia. Jose also dealt with severe health concerns at the age of 5 but is now doing better, however, he still struggles with some of the long term repercussions of the illness he endured.  Though we have never met Jose, we will have the opportunity of hosting him from July 24- August 14!  This is coming up real soon!  We are super excited!  Our hope is that we will be able to adopt him by November, 2017.  Our biological children, Mark and Ella, have always been excited and supportive about the idea of having another sibling.

Many of you have been praying and providing financial support-thank you!  One of the biggest hurdles to adoption is the expense, and we’ve seen God providing every step of the way.  One example of His provision is that we have a $2,500 matching grant through this fundraising campaign!  We are now in the process of trying to raise $15,000.   As you’ll see below, all donations are tax deductable.

Thank you in advance for all your support!  And for our friends with Colombian children, we will be calling on you a lot with all types of questions (especially learning Spanish)!

In Jesus,

Andy and Emily McMullin


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “McMullin 6481”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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$30

Laura

Jan 10, 2018

“Mike and I love and miss you and pray for you that this goes through!”

$205

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Dec 31, 2017

$200

sharlet

Dec 24, 2017

“I'm happy to be able to do this. You are a wonderful family I am happy to call friends.”

$1,000

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Dec 20, 2017

$107

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Nov 9, 2017

$50

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Oct 31, 2017

$1,000

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Oct 16, 2017

$250

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Sep 27, 2017

$100

Mark

Sep 24, 2017

“We love you guys and are praying for the best.”

$100

Carey

Sep 9, 2017

“So excited for your family!!! Sending prayers and blessings! What a selfless act, to open your home and family...so that a child may have one!!!”

$100

Jo

Aug 31, 2017

“We are praying for y'all! May God bless and provide all of your needs.”

$50

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Aug 23, 2017

$500

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Aug 22, 2017

“God is great.”

$2,500

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Aug 18, 2017

$100

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Aug 16, 2017

$200

Sarah

Aug 13, 2017

“Andy and Emily - we were so pleased to meet you and pray for a fast process for your family and Josef. Much love, Sarah, Tom and Exwin”

$100

Tom

Aug 7, 2017

“May the Lord's richest blessings cover all of you as you make this most exciting journey. Love and blessings from Tom and Ricky.”

$1,000

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Aug 5, 2017

$50

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Aug 1, 2017

$500

Sara

Jul 29, 2017

$50

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Jul 29, 2017

“May God bless you on your journey with Jose.”

$50

Debbie

Jul 28, 2017

“Jose is just as blessed as you all;) He has a safe, secure, and loving home! I am incredibly happy for you all!”

$100

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Jul 27, 2017

“We are so happy for you!!”

$50

Ken & Sharon

Jul 19, 2017

“Praying all things would go well.”

$100

Brian and Holly

Jul 17, 2017

$150

Gary

Jul 13, 2017

$50

Mark and McKenzie

Jul 13, 2017

“We are praying for all of you!”

$30

Laura and Mike

Jul 11, 2017

“We're praying for you all!!! We miss and love you!!!”

$25

Barbara

Jul 11, 2017

“We adopted our daughter from China 7 years ago. It's a long roller coaster ride but well worth it. Best of luck!”

$50

Britt

Jul 11, 2017

“Welcome, Jose! xo”