Answering God’s Call – The Yoder Adoption Journey

Amanda and Mark Yoder
Amanda and Mark Yoder Bremen, Indiana

Answering God’s Call – The Yoder Adoption Journey

We have been best friends for 18 years and shared in 13 wonderful years of marriage during which God has blessed us with 3 biological children – Lincoln, Reese, and Evalyn. We have experienced so much together and God has provided for us in countless ways.  From owning our first home, parenting our children, engaging with our church, and finding a community we can serve and pour into, God’s fingerprints are all over our lives!

Last year, during our evening devotionals, I (Mark) started to feel that God had a specific plan for our family and finances. The more I went through a particular devotional series, the more I felt that God was expecting us to steward our money for His kingdom.  During the second to last night of a 30-day devotional series, I audibly heard God’s voice telling me, “I want you to adopt.”  Solidifying this leading, God led me through scripture in James that spoke of true religion caring for widows and orphans and passages in Mark in which Jesus shows the disciples what it means to be great by caring for children.  After reading these passages, I followed the leading of the Holy Spirit and spoke to Amanda about this calling in our lives.  She has a heart for children and thus was truly excited to discuss the possibility.

We spoke about this leading and what it would mean for Lincoln, Reese, and Evalyn to have another sibling.  By the end of this lengthy late night discussion, we felt God’s calling strongly and were ready to start researching what our next steps would be.  One of the most amazing moments in our lives occurred the next morning when our oldest child, Lincoln, woke up and rushed out of his room to tell us what he had dreamed.  “Mommy is either going to have a baby or we are going to adopt!”  We had never discussed any of this with our children and to our knowledge they didn’t really know what adoption was.  We knew this was a vision given by God to again solidify this calling in our lives.  We began actively pursuing God’s wisdom through his Word, began researching the types of adoption, started reaching out to friends who had adopted, and shared our intentions with our children.

Many months later, we are waiting with purpose and patience for God’s perfect timing and the infant/child He will bring into our family.  Throughout this journey we have been so thankful for the support provided by our family, friends, church leadership, and the guidance of our Tapestry Adoption agent Vicki.  We have been constantly reminded of God’s faithfulness and the fact that He is our Good Father who has adopted us into His family!  Our Adoption Profile can be viewd on Tapestry’s website at https://www.tapestry-adoption.com/amanda-mark-adopt.

We ask that you join us in prayer for the birth mother and her baby/child.  We desire to answer the call God has placed on our lives and thus need prayer for wisdom and perseverance.  Please pray that God’s will would be done on Earth as it is in Heaven!

With much humility, we also ask that you would prayerfully consider supporting us financially.  We know God is faithful and is our Provider.  We also know it is Biblical to make our needs known; so although we are earnestly stewarding the money God has blessed us with, we fully realize that we need the support of others.  We have a matching grant of $3,000 from Traders Point Christian Church.  The funds lovingly given will go directly toward the cost of the adoption process – agency and legal fees, birth mother expenses such as appointments, delivery/hospital fees, and counseling, care of the baby/child, and many other vital expenses.

God’s providence is at work in our lives and the opportunity to share our story with you is evidence of this!  Thank you for joining us in prayer and thank you for considering partnering with us financially.  May God bless you and your family with His grace and mercy!


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 “Yoder 09134”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, 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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Answering God’s Call – The Yoder Adoption Journey

We have been best friends for 18 years and shared in 13 wonderful years of marriage during which God has blessed us with 3 biological children – Lincoln, Reese, and Evalyn. We have experienced so much together and God has provided for us in countless ways.  From owning our first home, parenting our children, engaging with our church, and finding a community we can serve and pour into, God’s fingerprints are all over our lives!

Last year, during our evening devotionals, I (Mark) started to feel that God had a specific plan for our family and finances. The more I went through a particular devotional series, the more I felt that God was expecting us to steward our money for His kingdom.  During the second to last night of a 30-day devotional series, I audibly heard God’s voice telling me, “I want you to adopt.”  Solidifying this leading, God led me through scripture in James that spoke of true religion caring for widows and orphans and passages in Mark in which Jesus shows the disciples what it means to be great by caring for children.  After reading these passages, I followed the leading of the Holy Spirit and spoke to Amanda about this calling in our lives.  She has a heart for children and thus was truly excited to discuss the possibility.

We spoke about this leading and what it would mean for Lincoln, Reese, and Evalyn to have another sibling.  By the end of this lengthy late night discussion, we felt God’s calling strongly and were ready to start researching what our next steps would be.  One of the most amazing moments in our lives occurred the next morning when our oldest child, Lincoln, woke up and rushed out of his room to tell us what he had dreamed.  “Mommy is either going to have a baby or we are going to adopt!”  We had never discussed any of this with our children and to our knowledge they didn’t really know what adoption was.  We knew this was a vision given by God to again solidify this calling in our lives.  We began actively pursuing God’s wisdom through his Word, began researching the types of adoption, started reaching out to friends who had adopted, and shared our intentions with our children.

Many months later, we are waiting with purpose and patience for God’s perfect timing and the infant/child He will bring into our family.  Throughout this journey we have been so thankful for the support provided by our family, friends, church leadership, and the guidance of our Tapestry Adoption agent Vicki.  We have been constantly reminded of God’s faithfulness and the fact that He is our Good Father who has adopted us into His family!  Our Adoption Profile can be viewd on Tapestry’s website at https://www.tapestry-adoption.com/amanda-mark-adopt.

We ask that you join us in prayer for the birth mother and her baby/child.  We desire to answer the call God has placed on our lives and thus need prayer for wisdom and perseverance.  Please pray that God’s will would be done on Earth as it is in Heaven!

With much humility, we also ask that you would prayerfully consider supporting us financially.  We know God is faithful and is our Provider.  We also know it is Biblical to make our needs known; so although we are earnestly stewarding the money God has blessed us with, we fully realize that we need the support of others.  We have a matching grant of $3,000 from Traders Point Christian Church.  The funds lovingly given will go directly toward the cost of the adoption process – agency and legal fees, birth mother expenses such as appointments, delivery/hospital fees, and counseling, care of the baby/child, and many other vital expenses.

God’s providence is at work in our lives and the opportunity to share our story with you is evidence of this!  Thank you for joining us in prayer and thank you for considering partnering with us financially.  May God bless you and your family with His grace and mercy!


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 “Yoder 09134”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, 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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Trusting God, Even in Dissapointment

December 12, 2020

For those of you who have been following our adoption journey, you would know that we were anticipating a due date of December 14 for the baby we were going to adopt.  Well, the baby came a little earlier than expected and amidst some changing circumstances in her own life, the birth mother decided not to go through with the adoption.

After months of preparation, planning, and the joy of expecting another child, we were devastated to get this news the night before we were supposed to leave to meet the birth mother and receive the baby.  Our incredibly supportive family and friends have covered us in prayers and we are again learning to trust God no matter the circumstances.

The grieving process is real and we can now better understand some of the stories our friends have shared with us as they have had dissapointments in their adoption journeys.  We are continuing to pursue adoption as this is a calling from God on our lives.  We hope to update everyone soon with another match opportunity!

Please pray along with us for the following:

– the birth mother in NJ and her strength and wisdom to parent well

– our hearts to heal quickly so we can prepare to overflow Jesus’s joy on another child

– wisdom and patience as we navigate new matching opportunities

– all of the children and unborn babies around the world who need families to love them as God loves them

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God is Faithful!

November 1, 2020

Yesterday morning our adoption agent, Vicki, shared with us via Zoom that we have been chosen by a birth mother in New Jersey!  We had interviewed with this birth mother twice and felt a strong connection with her.  God has been orchestrating so many things to bring us to this point and we can’t wait to continue on this journey to build His kingdom here on Earth.

The baby is due in mid-December.  There are many things that need to happen in just over a month’s time to ensure a successful adoption process.  Here are some things to pray about with us:

– Health, safety, and strength for the birth mother, her baby, and her children

– Finding safe and affordable housing for the birth mother and her children

– Employment for the birth mother

– Finding an ethical and reliable lawyer in the state of birth

– Coordination of time off work, travel and safety while travelling

– Navigating the many protocols that COVID has put in place with hospitals

– Preparing our children for a new sibling (they are already EXTREMELY excited)

– Preparing our hearts to give the joy of Christ to this little miracle!

Please join us in prayer as we now prepare for the finalization of this process.  We are overflowing with joy and continue to experience that God is faithful!

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Dianne

Nov 2, 2020

“Praying God will bless you all during this exciting time!”

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Sherril

Oct 26, 2020

“Blessings to you and love and prayers. Aunt Sherril”

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Sep 3, 2020

“We can't wait to meet whatever baby you bring into the family. Any child in this world would be lucky to have you two as parents. Love to you all.”

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Daniel

Sep 3, 2020

“We miss you guys and are blessed to walk alongside you through this journey.”

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