#BringHomeBabyJ

Joshua & Amanda Coleman
Joshua & Amanda Coleman Summerdale, Alabama

Why adoption?

Many people have asked us why we decided to adopt. We have always felt that some one was missing from our family and have entertained the idea of international adoption for many years.

In October 2018, we decided together to begin researching adoption agencies. We went to informational meetings, emailed, called 3 different  agencies and in November 2018, we were ultimately directed to our current agency.

We could write a book on how many different things pointed us to take this specific adoption journey. Without a doubt in our minds, we know God has been guiding our decisions and made it clear to us that we were heading in the right direction.

On November 14, 2018, we submitted our adoption application which began an enormous amount of paperwork, fees, multiple background checks, medical exams, psychological testing, a homestudy, more paperwork, more background checks, more fees, financial statements, reference letters, notaries, more applications, interviews, multiple certified copies, more interviews, more background checks, etc.

In December 2018, we were in the middle of our homestudy process when we received an email from our agency. In the email, there was a picture of a precious baby boy who had had a pretty rough beginning to his short life, and he needed a special family to adopt him. As soon as we saw him, we knew in our hearts that he, Baby J, was our son.

Finally in April 2019, we received the phone call that we had been officially matched with our son!!!! Praise the Lord!!!!!

As Amanda was praying about whether or not to fundraise and share our story, she came across this verse in the Bible, John 14:18. Jesus was talking to his disciples about leaving them and sending the Holy Spirit to help them. He said, “I won’t leave you as orphans. I will come to you”.

We feel that God was showing us just how much he cares for Baby J. He isn’t leaving him an orphan, but he is using you & me to bring him home to his forever family, his community family!!

We still have some financial hurdles to cross before we have our sweet Baby J home, but with God’s help & in God’s timing, it will happen.

We have been awarded a $3,000 MATCHING GRANT from the Tim Tebow Foundation to be administered by Lifesong for Orphans.  That means any donations that we receive through Lifesong will be matched up to $3,000! So $20 will become $40; $100 will become $200; $3,000 will become $6,000! PLUS, because Lifesong is a 501c3 organization, your donations are tax deductible!!  If you have been waiting for your opportunity to donate toward our adoption process, now is a perfect time to give!

We are so thankful to Lifesong for Orphans and the Tim Tebow Foundation for their support of our adoption process to bring home our sweet Baby J!


There are two ways to donate:

ONLINE “Donate” button: STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount.

By  CHECK:  You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Coleman 08493”, 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 16 people
 of  $12,000
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My Story

Why adoption?

Many people have asked us why we decided to adopt. We have always felt that some one was missing from our family and have entertained the idea of international adoption for many years.

In October 2018, we decided together to begin researching adoption agencies. We went to informational meetings, emailed, called 3 different  agencies and in November 2018, we were ultimately directed to our current agency.

We could write a book on how many different things pointed us to take this specific adoption journey. Without a doubt in our minds, we know God has been guiding our decisions and made it clear to us that we were heading in the right direction.

On November 14, 2018, we submitted our adoption application which began an enormous amount of paperwork, fees, multiple background checks, medical exams, psychological testing, a homestudy, more paperwork, more background checks, more fees, financial statements, reference letters, notaries, more applications, interviews, multiple certified copies, more interviews, more background checks, etc.

In December 2018, we were in the middle of our homestudy process when we received an email from our agency. In the email, there was a picture of a precious baby boy who had had a pretty rough beginning to his short life, and he needed a special family to adopt him. As soon as we saw him, we knew in our hearts that he, Baby J, was our son.

Finally in April 2019, we received the phone call that we had been officially matched with our son!!!! Praise the Lord!!!!!

As Amanda was praying about whether or not to fundraise and share our story, she came across this verse in the Bible, John 14:18. Jesus was talking to his disciples about leaving them and sending the Holy Spirit to help them. He said, “I won’t leave you as orphans. I will come to you”.

We feel that God was showing us just how much he cares for Baby J. He isn’t leaving him an orphan, but he is using you & me to bring him home to his forever family, his community family!!

We still have some financial hurdles to cross before we have our sweet Baby J home, but with God’s help & in God’s timing, it will happen.

We have been awarded a $3,000 MATCHING GRANT from the Tim Tebow Foundation to be administered by Lifesong for Orphans.  That means any donations that we receive through Lifesong will be matched up to $3,000! So $20 will become $40; $100 will become $200; $3,000 will become $6,000! PLUS, because Lifesong is a 501c3 organization, your donations are tax deductible!!  If you have been waiting for your opportunity to donate toward our adoption process, now is a perfect time to give!

We are so thankful to Lifesong for Orphans and the Tim Tebow Foundation for their support of our adoption process to bring home our sweet Baby J!


There are two ways to donate:

ONLINE “Donate” button: STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount.

By  CHECK:  You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Coleman 08493”, 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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Worth Waiting For…

October 7, 2019

We are still waiting for our EP submission and approval from Baby J’s country.  The wait can be so difficult at times but we know that God is in control and we are trying to be patient and trust in His timeline.  Thankfully, we receive periodic medical reports on Baby J which help us during our wait.  

We have received additional donations since our last update and are now 20% closer to our adoption need/goal of $12,000. We are so thankful to the Tim Tebow Foundation for giving us the opportunity for a matching grant.  Lifesong for Orphans in conjunction with the Tim Tebow Foundation are the only organizations who have awarded us a matching grant.  We are especially thankful for everyone who has sacrified to assist us in bringing home our son and we pray that God will bless each family.  Even if you are not able to give financially, please keep our family and Baby J in your prayers.  God knows our needs and He will supply them according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

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And we wait…

August 22, 2019

On June 7th our dossier was submitted to Baby J’s adoption agency for translation and to wait acceptance by his government’s ministry.  It has been over two months now and we have not heard of any movement at this time, but we still wait & pray.  

Excitedly, we have reached $1825 in donations and due to the Tim Tebow Foundation’s matching grant, those donations have been doubled!  We still have an estimated need of $8,400 to complete our adoption journey.  Unfortunately, the longer the process takes, additional funds will be needed to complete the adoption due to new homestudy updates (they are only valid for 1 year), finger print updates, medical evaluation updates, etc.

Please be in prayer for Baby J that he will be happy & healthy.  Please pray for his foster family that they will be blessed.  Please pray for movement within the agencies and governments that this process will move forward without any further delays.  Please pray that the additional funds will be raised, earned and saved in order to bring home our sweet Baby J. Please pray for our peace while we are in this season of “the wait”.

We know that all things are in God’s timing and we are so thankful for the opportunity that God has blessed us with by being Baby J’s parents.  We look forward to the day when we can meet him, hold him, hug & snuggle him!

Thank you for your prayers, support and encouragement!

#bringhomebabyJ  #colemansadoptionjourney

 

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“Would love it if you'd put my name on one of the puzzle pieces. I keep feeling led to help while I can, especially since you've got a dollar-for-dollar match. Love you guys. It's getting real and you're getting closer.”

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“Can't wait to see Baby J.”