The Battles Family Adopting from China

Dustin Battles
Dustin Battles Liberty Township, Ohio

Adopting a child has always been a hope and desire of our hearts. Even when we were dating, we discussed the possibility. We are thrilled to watch this dream unfold as we have started the process.  

Megan spent a summer in China in 2007 teaching English to high schoolers through the Christian university we both attended. At some point after her return from China she started following on Facebook several orphanages in China. Her heart was drawn to the children featured on these pages. She approached Dustin in fall 2017 and asked him to think about it. Since Dustin’s sister was brought into his family through adoption, this was an easy decision for him. In fact, he had already started to wonder if they should pursue adoption for their second child!

But the deeper reasons we decided to adopt are beyond that of circumstances. Those reasons are biblical. We both believe that adoption is just one of the ways God uses to grow a family. Even more so, it is a picture of how God has adopted us into his family through Jesus Christ. We are confident that He who has placed the desire for adoption in our hearts will help us throughout the process. 

We are pursuing a 1-2 year old boy from an ophanage in China. As is the case with most China adoptions, he will have some special medical needs. Our dossier is in China, and we eagerly await being matched with a boy. 

Dustin is the pastor of a small church in West Chester, Ohio, and Megan works part-time as a professional musician. We are thrilled that the Lord has called us to adopt and hope our adoption will create a ripple effect in our community to care for orphans everywhere!

We estimate the total cost of the adoption fees and expenses to be about $33,000. We are seeking to raise approximately $20,000 for the remaining amount. 

Also, thanks to the generosity of Grace Church Alexandria (VA), which sadly closed its doors recently, we have been awarded a $2,500 matching grant! This grant comes from from GCA’s adoption fund and is administered by Lifesong for Orphans.

Please help us raise money for our next son!


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 “Battles 7921”, 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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My Story

Adopting a child has always been a hope and desire of our hearts. Even when we were dating, we discussed the possibility. We are thrilled to watch this dream unfold as we have started the process.  

Megan spent a summer in China in 2007 teaching English to high schoolers through the Christian university we both attended. At some point after her return from China she started following on Facebook several orphanages in China. Her heart was drawn to the children featured on these pages. She approached Dustin in fall 2017 and asked him to think about it. Since Dustin’s sister was brought into his family through adoption, this was an easy decision for him. In fact, he had already started to wonder if they should pursue adoption for their second child!

But the deeper reasons we decided to adopt are beyond that of circumstances. Those reasons are biblical. We both believe that adoption is just one of the ways God uses to grow a family. Even more so, it is a picture of how God has adopted us into his family through Jesus Christ. We are confident that He who has placed the desire for adoption in our hearts will help us throughout the process. 

We are pursuing a 1-2 year old boy from an ophanage in China. As is the case with most China adoptions, he will have some special medical needs. Our dossier is in China, and we eagerly await being matched with a boy. 

Dustin is the pastor of a small church in West Chester, Ohio, and Megan works part-time as a professional musician. We are thrilled that the Lord has called us to adopt and hope our adoption will create a ripple effect in our community to care for orphans everywhere!

We estimate the total cost of the adoption fees and expenses to be about $33,000. We are seeking to raise approximately $20,000 for the remaining amount. 

Also, thanks to the generosity of Grace Church Alexandria (VA), which sadly closed its doors recently, we have been awarded a $2,500 matching grant! This grant comes from from GCA’s adoption fund and is administered by Lifesong for Orphans.

Please help us raise money for our next son!


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 “Battles 7921”, 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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We Are Matched!!

October 31, 2019

We are thrilled to share the news that we have been officially matched with a sweet little 1 year old! We first saw his picture 10 months ago and the Lord has seen fit to bring us through a long period of waiting for his file to be done. We didn’t know for sure that the match would happen and it really is a miracle! We got the phone call last Friday and then LOA on Monday! Woohoo!

We are hoping to travel in January so that we could be with him on his 2nd birthday at the end of January. Chinese New Year could delay us until February though. We covet your prayers as we navigate all the immigration and visa paperwork, as well as making travel plans. We are coming for you, Baby “X”!! 

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Amanda

Jan 18, 2020

“God bless your family 💙”

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Henry

Jan 15, 2020

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Jan 15, 2020

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Jan 10, 2020

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Jan 10, 2020

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Jennifer

Jan 10, 2020

“Blessings! So Happy for all of you!”

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Jan 10, 2020

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Jan 9, 2020

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Jan 8, 2020

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Jan 8, 2020

“God bless you all as you expand your dear family. Our love to you.”

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Jason & Tabitha

Jan 8, 2020

“We love you guys so much and are so excited to meet the new addition to your family!!! ❤️”

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Jan 6, 2020

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Hilda

Jan 6, 2020

“Congratulations and BLESSINGS!”

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Greg

Jan 6, 2020

“Privileged to have a tiny part in this. Grace to you!”

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Brent

Jan 6, 2020

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Shayna

Jan 6, 2020

“Prayers for safe travels! Congratulations!”

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Robin

Jan 6, 2020

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Timothy

Jan 6, 2020

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Christie

Jan 6, 2020

“We remember your son being advocated for when we were waiting for our match. He is so handsome and has the bslest smile! We feel so thankful you're coming for him - that he has his forever family! God bless and enjoy your new adventure with two boys! We traveled in May to adopt our son who is almost 3. Maybe we can follow each other on Facebook soon!”

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Beth

Jan 6, 2020

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Lacey

Jan 6, 2020

“So excited for you all!!”

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Amy

Jan 6, 2020

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Terry and Mary

Jan 6, 2020

“We pray God blesses your sons with a strong faith in Jesus Christ and that they live for His glory.”

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Jan 6, 2020

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Jan 6, 2020

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Linda

Jan 6, 2020

“God's richest blessings as you travel and start this new chapter of your lives!”

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Jan 6, 2020

“Safe travels and all the best!”

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Kara

Jan 6, 2020

“Best of wishes and safe travels! Go get that little one and catch em up on all those hugs and kisses!”

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Ellisha

Jan 6, 2020

“So happy for y’all!!”

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Todd and Holly

Jan 6, 2020

“Praising God with you through this blessing!!”

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Robert

Jan 6, 2020

“God's richest blessings on your precious family!”

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Jan 6, 2020

“Woo-hoo! Can’t wait to meet him! God is good!”

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Dan and Deb

Jan 6, 2020

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Rory

Jan 6, 2020

“Congratulations! What a great gift!”

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Heath

Jan 5, 2020

“We will be in China with you! We have been very blessed by friends and family so we would love to pass a little bit on to you! See you in Guangzhou!”

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Joshua

Jan 5, 2020

“Congratulations! Adopting our son from China has been a wonderful blessing to our family and we are excited and praying for you all as you welcome your new little guy!”

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Caitlyn

Jan 5, 2020

“Love your family! Praying through this exciting time!! Can’t wait to meet your son ❤️”

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Sarah

Jan 5, 2020

“So happy for you guys!”

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Jan 5, 2020

“Our adopted son has been a blessing from God. I have been rejoicing with you as God has brought each piece of the plan together. Praying for this last part!”

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CHERYL

Jan 4, 2020

“Blessings.”

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Summer

Dec 30, 2019

“Megan, We will be praying for your family as you travel to China to get your son! Our baby boy, Oakley, turns 2 in January as well. Perhaps the Lord will cross our paths in the future and our boys can meet. In Christ, Summer Finch (from Mommas Helping Mommas)”

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Dec 29, 2019

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David

Dec 5, 2019

“God bless you as you enter this new phase of your life!”

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Dec 4, 2019

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Nov 4, 2019

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Nov 2, 2019

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Nov 1, 2019

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Nov 1, 2019

“Praying for you to be able to bring him home soon!”

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Nov 1, 2019

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Cameron

May 2, 2019

“Praying for you guys through this process. We are so thankful the Lord has laid this on your heart! ~Ps. 68:5”

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Apr 19, 2019

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Apr 19, 2019

“James 1:27 — Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. Praying for you as you go through this entire process!”

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Andy & Debbie

Feb 5, 2019

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Jennifer

Jan 11, 2019

“Praying for your sweet boy to be here soon!”

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Andy

Nov 27, 2018

“May the Lord bless you and the adoption of this child.”

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Aaron

Nov 26, 2018

“May your children be like olive shoots around your table (Psalm 128:3”

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Dave and Deb

Sep 24, 2018

“A beautiful picture of our adoption as children of God. So happy for you and your newest son!”

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Olya

Sep 23, 2018

“Praying for you guys”

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Mark

Sep 23, 2018

“May the Lord bless your family!”

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Sep 22, 2018

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Sep 22, 2018

“Congratulations and God bless you!!”