Adoption as Missions

Matthew Weakley Del Rio, Texas

Hello!  We’re the Weakley family and we have a passion for bringing the gospel of Christ to bear in the life of our family through adoption.  Christ not only wanted the little children to come to Him, but also set the picture of what adoption is by redeeming us when we were lost and outcast and making us joint heirs with Him.  Further, we are commissioned explicitly to care for the orphan as an extension of the care He has for them.  Lifesong for Orphans has awarded us a $3,000 matching grant, so even though our goal is $15,000, the first $3,000 will be matched!  We are so thankful for God’s provision in this.

Our journey of adoption started in the winter of 2016, where Amanda and I (Matt) agreed that we wanted to adopt for the reasons already stated.  We wanted to adopt internationally, which is where we started.  However, in the summer of 2017, we found out we were pregnant with our second child, more or less forcing us to switch to domestic adoption.  Amanda found Family Adoption Consultants and we’ve really appreciated working with them to get everything squared away.  Due to the switch, we had to get a good deal of our documentation updated, and are just waiting for our home study to be updated before our profile goes “active.”  Then we have the potential to be matched anywhere from a couple weeks to a year, so we’d appreciate your prayers and support as we endeavor to do God’s will in orphan care.

-Matt and Amanda


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 “Weakley 7611”, 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 13 people
 of  $15,000
Campaign Ended

My Story

Hello!  We’re the Weakley family and we have a passion for bringing the gospel of Christ to bear in the life of our family through adoption.  Christ not only wanted the little children to come to Him, but also set the picture of what adoption is by redeeming us when we were lost and outcast and making us joint heirs with Him.  Further, we are commissioned explicitly to care for the orphan as an extension of the care He has for them.  Lifesong for Orphans has awarded us a $3,000 matching grant, so even though our goal is $15,000, the first $3,000 will be matched!  We are so thankful for God’s provision in this.

Our journey of adoption started in the winter of 2016, where Amanda and I (Matt) agreed that we wanted to adopt for the reasons already stated.  We wanted to adopt internationally, which is where we started.  However, in the summer of 2017, we found out we were pregnant with our second child, more or less forcing us to switch to domestic adoption.  Amanda found Family Adoption Consultants and we’ve really appreciated working with them to get everything squared away.  Due to the switch, we had to get a good deal of our documentation updated, and are just waiting for our home study to be updated before our profile goes “active.”  Then we have the potential to be matched anywhere from a couple weeks to a year, so we’d appreciate your prayers and support as we endeavor to do God’s will in orphan care.

-Matt and Amanda


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 “Weakley 7611”, 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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New Case Files and Finances

September 15, 2018

Hello everyone!  We’ve been getting case files for several weeks now and have been saying “Yes” to almost a dozen moms at this point, each one coming back having selected a different family.  We ask that you keep praying for these moms as so many are dealing with drug issues ranging from cocaine/marijuana use to meth and alcohol abuse, all of which affect their babies.  Not all deal with these, but many do.  Some have the fathers involved, most do not.  We would also appreciate your prayers for wisdom regarding which cases to which we should say “Yes” and to which we say “No”.  Most of all, pray that God’s will be done in us and these individuals.

For the financial update, we met our matching grant goal ($3K)!  Thank you so much for helping us get there!  With that said, we still have a ways to go.  Most of the cases so far have been ranging from $35K-$60K before travel and finalizing (only 2 or 3 have been less than $45K).  Our original budget was $40K, which we are close to reaching ($33K as of this morning), but most are near the $50K mark.  We are least worried about the finances, because we know that God owns all things and money is the least of His concerns.  Nevertheless, it is a nagging thought in the back of our minds, so please pray for us that we would be at peace with God’s timing in His provision.

On that note, thank you all who have so generously given financially.  I am constantly reminded of Paul’s letter to the Philippians about receiving gifts from his supporters: “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.” (Ph 4:17)  Your gifts are not what we seek, but the fruit: that a needy child may have his earthly needs while growing up, but more importantly that he or she be raised to embrace the gospel of Christ, to glorify Him and to know Him.  This is the fruit we seek which is credited to each of you.

Finally, thank you all so much for keeping us in prayer and encouraging us.  Even asking about how the adoption is going has reminded us that you keep us in mind and that is uplifting in and of itself.  Adoption is a long journey requiring support from each of you.  Thanks for walking beside us in this journey.  May God bless you and keep you.

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We’re ACTIVE!!

August 22, 2018

This is it!!  Our profile is now active and we’re beginning to receive case files, where we say yes or no to whether we are interested in a specific case.  We are still short of our goal and have been grateful for all of God’s provision so far.  We are still praying that the God who owns all things will provide the last portions before we are matched (since that’s when the money will be due).  We are trying to remember that the money donated is not for us, but rather given to the Lord for His work of the gospel in the life of a child.  Please be praying with us that He would provide.

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Update Home Study Away!

August 8, 2018

Update: Our updates home study we’ve been waiting for has arrived and should be arriving at FAC TODAY!! We’re so excited for our profile to go active and for FAC to begin finding us a match! Also, God is richly blessing us with support from family and friends and we are about 1/3 of the way to our goal! We are so close and are so thankful for the Lord’s work through us. Keep praying for us!

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Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Results

July 14, 2018

Great news! The Pancake Breakfast was a smashing success! We raised $1375! And since we’ve been given a matching grant (up to $3000), that doubles to become $2750!! The Lord is a gracious provider who gives us everything we need and we are incredibly thankful to Him for His kindness. Thanks goes to all of our family and friends who showed up, helped out in so ways, and/or kept us in prayer.

Please continue praying for the prospective birth mother, that she would have peace about an incredibly hard decision, and for us, that we would have patience and perseverance in this mission of orphan care. Finally, praise the Lord for His provision toward bringing a home and the light of the Gospel to an orphan yet to be revealed to us.

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Home Study Update

July 9, 2018

Our home study was updated this week!  That was the last thing we were waiting on in order for our profile to active with FAC.  Hopefully in the next week or two we will hear that they received the update and then it will just be praying and more fundraising!  We have cast ourselves upon the Lord to provide as the need is greater than us.  We know He is faithful.  And if He can cause the stars to leap into existence simply by commanding it, then surely He can provide for an adoption that costs so little by comparison to the universe that He’s made!

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