As some of you may know, we are expanding our family through adoption! For us, God planted the seeds of adopting children long before we were married. I (Lynn) remember talking about adoption as early as a middle school student. I have always had this unwavering feeling that adopting children was part of God’s plan for my life.
Shortly after marrying, we quickly moved to conversations of starting our family. Through some medical test results, God quickly made it clear that this call to adoption was the plan for our family. We stepped forward in faith, prayed diligently, and quickly followed God’s call to adopt.
In October of 2015, we were blessed with our first adoptive son, DJ. First and foremost, we want DJ’s faith in Jesus Christ to grow and mature. We love DJ with a huge type of love that can only be from God. It moves us to tears when we think about how much love God has given us for this special boy. We are also so blessed and thankful for the love and support friends and family have shown us and DJ since bringing him home.
We are so excited to welcome another child into our family to love and raise. We are working with Lutheran Social Services of Sioux Falls and will adopt an infant or baby from here in the United States. Our home study is approved, and we are waiting for a match with a potential birth mother.
How can you help bring home baby Lape?
First and foremost, we ask sincerely for your prayers. Specifically, please pray for both the birth parents and our hearts. We have not been matched with a birth mother yet, but we ask that you pray for the unbelievably courageous and difficult decision ahead of her. Pray that we can show her God’s love in our words, actions and interactions. Please pray for our hearts as we prepare to bring home another child. Pray that we give any worries/anxieties to the Lord, and trust Him to provide in all ways.
Second, we are asking for financial help. Our adoption expenses will total around $21,000. We have a loan out for the first $11,000, and we are hoping to fundraise the remaining $10,000. We have struggled with the idea of fundraising and even questioned if we should fundraise at all. It is hard for us to ask for this help. However, we want to be able to point all the glory to God and not try to pridefully take this journey alone. If you feel that your budget allows, please consider donating toward our fundraising goal. All money raised will go directly to our adoption agency for our remaining adoption fees.
We cannot say THANK YOU enough to all of you who continue to love on us so well with your prayers and support. We cannot wait to see what God has in store and are so grateful that you will be right there with us when we bring our sweet baby home!
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 “Lape 6949”, 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.
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