Back when we were dating, we discussed adoption as something we both wanted to pursue at some point in life. We figured it would be something we would do after having biological children. However, after much effort to have biological children, we realized that the Lord’s plan was something different. Even as we grieved this loss, we did find hope and joy in thinking and praying about adoption. We felt that the Lord was compelling us to move in that direction as we considered our options.
Adoption is all over the Scripture. Queen Esther was adopted by her cousin Mordecai, Moses was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter, and little Samuel was raised by the priest Eli. The apostle Paul specifically talks about our adoption into God’s family in Romans 8 and Galatians 4. We are grateful for the model set forth by our heavenly Father, that we can call him Daddy! We are truly his children.
We are humbled by the opportunity to live out this beautiful Gospel truth literally and to God’s glory. All because he also adopted us. During the Christmas season, I (Nagib) have often considered the way Joseph adopted Christ even though He was not his biological child. Adoption is not a compromise or consolation prize, but a beautiful picture of God’s love for us.
We are finally coming towards the end of this journey: A birth mother has chosen us to be the adoptive parents for her precious little girl, coming in January! We cannot wait to meet this precious little one.
God’s fingerprints are all over this story. The first question our birth mom asked before she chose us was, “It seems from your profile book like you are involved in your church. Is that a regular part of your life? Because I want this baby to be raised in the church.”
For years, I (Becca) have felt like God knows the children He has for us (Ephesians 1), but we just don’t know where those children will come from. Truly, He has known. We can’t wait to welcome Baby Girl Hermes!
As you may know, adoption is quite expensive. We still have many costs to pay, including agency fees, legal fees, home study update fees, and travel to Utah to get our baby girl.
We are so grateful to have received a matching grant for $3,000 from Small Bridges, which is administered through Lifesong for Orphans. What that means is that the first $3,000 raised here will be doubled to become $6,000!
As a 501c3, your donation to our adoption through Lifesong is tax deductible, and all of your donations go directly to our adoption costs. (See below for more information.) If you’re looking for a place to give a year-end gift, we would be honored if you would help us bring home our baby girl!
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 “Hermes 08672”, 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.