Bring Judah Home

Andrew Walker
Andrew Walker Thompsons Station, Tennessee

We thought our little family of five was complete but God had bigger plans. In July of 2017, after an event at our church, Andy saw an adopted daughter run to her dad joyfully yelling ‘Daddy!!!’ and God dropped a bomb in his heart. That night as we were driving home, Andy told Jennifer what happened and she said “actually I’ve been thinking about adoption for the past two months!” We started praying and knew we had to move forward with the calling God had put in our hearts. We’ve been chasing that calling since, and are eager to take the steps to bring our son home. If God can make room for us in His family, we can make room for a child in need in OUR family.

In praying about where we would adopt, God put China on both our hearts. Since China has relaxed its one child policy, almost all healthy children are adopted domestically within China. Now the majority of the over 400,000 children in orphanages have some sort of special need and are in need of a loving family. We specifically feel called to adopt a deaf boy, between the age of 2-5.

Because we feel called to adopt an older child, he has already been born and is most likely in an orphanage. Disabled children are usually abandoned as infants so he may have spent his whole life in an orphanage. Pray for our son to have strength through whatever situation has led to him being in an orphanage. Pray for his caretakers and that he will have his needs met on a daily basis.

So many of you have asked how you can help. We feel, when it comes to financial contributions, we do like to be transparent about exactly where those dollars go! 

So, here is where our family is at! 

We have paid initial fees, our first two agency fees, fees to authenticate our dossier(documents to China so they know our family), and our i800A(a US document that approves us to adopt a child internationally). In the next month, we will need to pay for shipment of our dossier($1400), and our next agency fee($3500). After that we have a remaining $20k to raise. We are so grateful that we have been given a $5000 matching grant from The Bridge Church! This means that any amount that is donated through this site is doubled! So if you donate $1, you’re really donating $2! On top of that it is tax deductible! We are overwhelmed with gratitude that we were chosen to receive this grant! More than anything, we covet your prayers! Prayers for this to move quickly, and smoothly, for our son and for us as we are all in a season of waiting!


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 “Walker 08728”, 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 62 people
 of  $30,000
10 days left

My Story

We thought our little family of five was complete but God had bigger plans. In July of 2017, after an event at our church, Andy saw an adopted daughter run to her dad joyfully yelling ‘Daddy!!!’ and God dropped a bomb in his heart. That night as we were driving home, Andy told Jennifer what happened and she said “actually I’ve been thinking about adoption for the past two months!” We started praying and knew we had to move forward with the calling God had put in our hearts. We’ve been chasing that calling since, and are eager to take the steps to bring our son home. If God can make room for us in His family, we can make room for a child in need in OUR family.

In praying about where we would adopt, God put China on both our hearts. Since China has relaxed its one child policy, almost all healthy children are adopted domestically within China. Now the majority of the over 400,000 children in orphanages have some sort of special need and are in need of a loving family. We specifically feel called to adopt a deaf boy, between the age of 2-5.

Because we feel called to adopt an older child, he has already been born and is most likely in an orphanage. Disabled children are usually abandoned as infants so he may have spent his whole life in an orphanage. Pray for our son to have strength through whatever situation has led to him being in an orphanage. Pray for his caretakers and that he will have his needs met on a daily basis.

So many of you have asked how you can help. We feel, when it comes to financial contributions, we do like to be transparent about exactly where those dollars go! 

So, here is where our family is at! 

We have paid initial fees, our first two agency fees, fees to authenticate our dossier(documents to China so they know our family), and our i800A(a US document that approves us to adopt a child internationally). In the next month, we will need to pay for shipment of our dossier($1400), and our next agency fee($3500). After that we have a remaining $20k to raise. We are so grateful that we have been given a $5000 matching grant from The Bridge Church! This means that any amount that is donated through this site is doubled! So if you donate $1, you’re really donating $2! On top of that it is tax deductible! We are overwhelmed with gratitude that we were chosen to receive this grant! More than anything, we covet your prayers! Prayers for this to move quickly, and smoothly, for our son and for us as we are all in a season of waiting!


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 “Walker 08728”, 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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Fundraising Update

August 31, 2020

Our last step before travel approval is now DONE! In normal circumstances we would be less than a month from travel, but unfortunately that part is still an unknown. God is in this. Weeping with us, knowing the pain in the waiting. I’d be lying if I said I’ve been dealing with this the “right” way and thriving in the waiting, getting a bunch of things done, and living life normally with lots of things to be proud of and things checked off my to-do list. Our child is across the world, and it’s really painful. To be honest, we are just trying to take hold of the hope that God offers us each day and take it one day at a time.

With this (almost) last step in completing our adoption, we wanted to make the last bit of fundraising fun and joyful! We have about $7560 left to raise for our travel costs until our adoption is fully funded! We thought it would be fun to have something for Judah when he gets home that we can frame and put in his room so he can see all the names of the special people that helped bring him home! (Previous ornaments, coffee bags, donations, shirts bought etc will also be on the list we will display. I can access all those names and they will be added, so if that’s you, please know you are not forgotten!)

Here’s how it works:
We have a 252 piece puzzle of Judah! Each piece costs $30. When you buy a puzzle piece, we put your initials on the back of one, two, however many you buy! When the puzzle is completed it means our adoption is fully funded! To buy a puzzle piece just simply click on the link in the comments and donate the amount of puzzle pieces you are buying. One for $30, two for $60, three for $90 and so on.

We are SO excited to be so close! This will be so fun! Thank you all for your support during this time. Your support, love, and prayers have meant the world to us!

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Comments

$30

Lauren

Dec 11, 2020

“Love you so much Jen Jen and Andy, can't wait to meet Judah one day soon!”

$30

Philip

Dec 11, 2020

“Love you guys and praying for you!”

$300

Stephen

Nov 30, 2020

$796

Hidden

Nov 28, 2020

$60

Lester & Cyndi

Oct 2, 2020

“We are praying that you will be united with Judah soon. With our love, Lester & Cyndi”

$100

Sarah

Oct 2, 2020

“We have been praying for you and this precious boy of yours. We are friends of your mom and dad. Hopefully it won’t be long before you are united with Judah.”

$30

Brad

Sep 26, 2020

“Praying for you guys and Judah! - Brad + Taylor Wilson”

$100

Jeff

Sep 25, 2020

$30

Hidden

Sep 24, 2020

“We look forward to meeting Judah soon!”

$60

Janet

Sep 15, 2020

“I can't wait to meet your sweet little boy. ❤”

$150

Nick

Sep 15, 2020

“.”

$65

Jasmin

Sep 12, 2020

“Sweet Walker family! I’m so excited you’re getting closer and closer to bringing Judah home. (The puzzle is such a sweet idea, too!)”

$90

Esther

Sep 2, 2020

“CAN'T wait to meet sweet Judah!”

$60

Candy

Sep 1, 2020

“I am excited to invest in your family! May God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you!”

$30

Ryan & Megan

Aug 31, 2020

“May God bless your family as you prepare to bring Judah home!”

$30

Jennifer

Aug 31, 2020

$60

Michael

Aug 31, 2020

$50

Peggy

Aug 28, 2020

“Wishing your family the very best in this journey of God's love.”

$120

Chris

Aug 26, 2020

“4 puzzle pieces, Bill and I, mom and dad. Love, Chrissie”

$60

Hidden

Aug 25, 2020

$60

Timothy & Jenna

Aug 24, 2020

$500

Offline Donation

Aug 18, 2020

$894

Hidden

Jul 11, 2020

$87

Brandy

Jul 11, 2020

“Praying for you guys! Can’t wait to see your family whole💕”

$100

Nicole

Jul 9, 2020

“Prayers for y'all!”

$50

Sean

Jul 9, 2020

$200

Scott

Jul 1, 2020

$100

Jeff

Jun 29, 2020

$100

Hidden

Jun 26, 2020

“Praying!”

$136

Hidden

Jun 17, 2020

“We love you guys! <3”

$504

Hidden

Jun 6, 2020

$50

Hidden

Jun 2, 2020

“God is good and I'm so happy to hear things are moving again. You stepping out in obedience does not go unnoticed and God is going to bless your family big! Praying for your family. We love you guys!”

$100

Mitchell

Jun 1, 2020

$100

George

May 30, 2020

“Psyched for you guys!!!”

$50

Jeremy

May 28, 2020

“Praying for your family!”

$100

Micah

May 27, 2020

“We’re excited and praying for you guys!”

$100

Allison

May 27, 2020

“God Bless y’all!”

$66

Lacey

May 27, 2020

$150

Micah

May 6, 2020

“Praying for Judah to come home 🙌🏼❤️”

$8,000

Offline Donation

Mar 2, 2020

$250

Hidden

Feb 28, 2020

“#bringjudahhome”

$30

Gary

Feb 28, 2020

$100

Holly & Rocky

Feb 28, 2020

$966

Offline Donation

Jan 9, 2020

$2,000

Donald

Dec 27, 2019

$1,000

Jack

Dec 19, 2019

“So, Pace is unexpectedly giving me an extra month's pay this month, so it only seems right to bless y'all with some of it. Merry Christmas :)”

$1,000

Offline Donation

Dec 19, 2019

$100

Offline Donation

Dec 3, 2019

$100

Rose

Dec 2, 2019

$100

Janet

Nov 22, 2019

“Love you!”

$100

Offline Donation

Nov 22, 2019

$50

Beverly C

Nov 21, 2019

“That's wonderful what you are doing. I wish I could donate more. Aunt Bev”

$50

Offline Donation

Nov 21, 2019

$1,000

Ashley

Nov 15, 2019

“Praying for y’all and precious Judah!!!”

$1,000

Offline Donation

Nov 15, 2019

$25

Hidden

Nov 8, 2019

“Bless you all-- may God bring you the full amount you are in need of...!”

$50

Hannah

Nov 8, 2019

$75

Offline Donation

Nov 8, 2019

$1,023

Taylor

Nov 5, 2019

“We couldn't be more excited for you, Walkers! We believe in what you're doing and want to be here to help in any way we can. We're praying for you guys and for Judah as you all enter into what we can only imagine will be a wild time of life. We love you guys and can't wait to meet your son. -Jessica, Taylor, Everly and Milo”

$1,023

Offline Donation

Nov 5, 2019

$565

Offline Donation

Oct 28, 2019

$565

Offline Donation

Oct 28, 2019