We are so excited to share with all of you the adoption story God is writing for our family and for His glory. Jonathan and I have been quietly considering the possibility of adopting for several years. We started considering it seriously after Emily’s birth in 2015. We knew that we would pursue adoption; we just were not sure, initially, when we would begin the process. Reading the book “Adopted for Life” by Russell D. Moore is what really opened our eyes to the priority of adoption for Christian families and churches. It was while reading that book during the summer of 2017 that God gave us affirmation of our family’s calling.
Although he is an ocean away, we are already so in love with this little boy. Josiah was born in August of 2016 and is being cared for by nannies in an orphanage in China. He was born with albinism, so we are preparing to stock up on plenty of sunscreen, sun hats, and super-cool toddler sunglasses.
Initially, and understandably, we had reservations related to the financial aspect of adoption. We chose to give that to God, and we are trusting that through obedience to His call, He will continue to provide. Thus far in the process, we have had very successful fundraisers. Our family and friends have been incredibly supportive and happy to help in our endeavors. I have essentially taken on a part-time job of fundraising. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity and ability to labor for this child and for what this experience has taught me about grace and humility. It has been an incredible blessing to truly see Hebrews 10:24 lived out. “Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good.”
The total cost for international adoption from China is roughly $36,000. Of that total, we have raised $21,000, leaving $15,000 left to raise before we travel to China in early 2019 to bring Josiah home. The number is daunting, but God is able. Praise Him!
We would like to invite you to join us on this journey. First, please pray. Pray specifically for Josiah by name and for us and our girls as we prepare to travel and prepare to welcome another child into our hearts and home. Also, please consider seeking God’s guidance as to how He may have you assist us financially. Jonathan and I do not take this request lightly. Since marrying so young and striking out on our own to begin our lives together and our family, we have never asked anyone for anything. This has been such a lesson in humility before the Lord. We do not know who God has already ordained to help us, but we are confident that He has a plan. We do not want our own pride to get in the way of His work. Perhaps He had been preparing your heart to join with us in this way. If so, we will be eternally grateful. A local church in our area, Warren Baptist, has partnered with Lifesong for Orphans and has awarded us a $3000 matching grant! That means that the first $3000 donated will be matched dollar for dollar. Praise God! We are so grateful to the members of Warren Baptist Church and their adoption ministry.
Thank you for investing in His Kingdom though your prayers and finances. It will be an investment with an eternal reward! Our goal date to be fully funded is November 18, 2018, but funds will be accepted towards our adoption until he is home. Please pray this entire process will continue to glorify God and fulfill His purposes.
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 “Coyle 7872”, 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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