Bringing home Zeke

Gloria Hunsberger Madison, Mississippi

Chad and I began talking about adoption early in our marriage.  It was something we both wanted to do, but assumed it would be a long time down the road.  It was a "one day" dream.  In 2011, shortly after our second child was born, the Lord changed our hearts and led us to take our first step of obedience toward adoption.  While "our plan" was to wait until our children were older and the timing was right (ha!), God convicted us that our delayed obedience to His calling to adoption was actually disobedience.  We felt an urgency to step out in obedience even though the timing in our minds seemed crazy (six month old baby, Chad pursuing his doctoral degree, zero dollars in the bank for adoption).  We began our journey to a daughter from China and witnessed God's faithfulness time and time again throughout our adoption process.  God made His hand evident every stop of the way.  Every time a payment was coming due, God would provide exactly what we needed (through hard work with fundraisers, generous family and friends, and adoption grants).  At every turn, He was reassuring us that this adoption was His will.  His sovereign timing led us to be paper ready and waiting at the exact time that our daughter's file was listed on the country-wide shared list in China.  He led us straight to our Lottie girl, the exact child our family needed.

Our experience with Lottie's adoption changed us profoundly.  Our eyes were opened to the great need of orphans and our hearts were enlarged with compassion for the vulnerable around the world.  We had love to share and there were countless children who needed the love of a family.  Chad and I both knew we were not finished expanding our family.  The Lord led us on the path of foster care for a couple of years and taught us much about loving unconditionally, the way we are graciously loved by Him.  While we thought for a while that foster care was that way God desired to add to our family, in 2018 God softened both of our hearts to pursuing international adoption again.  We remember how long and difficult our first international adoption process was, but we also choose to remember the loving faithfulness of God and the way He guided us every step of the way to our daughter.  We know He will do it again as He leads us to our son.

We recently began our journey to Zeke, our son in India.  We trust that God already knows exactly who he is and pray that He prepares Zeke's heart to be in a family who already loves him.  Chad, Abigail, Luke, Lottie and I can't wait to show him the love of a family, but more importantly, the love of our God who faithfully brings us together.  Already, God has blessed our journey to Zeke.  He has provided a matching grant of $10,000 through Hearts of Compassion, partnered with Lifesong for Orphans.  This means that every dollar donated to our adoption fund up to $10,000 will be doubled!  Just as God used many, many individuals and families to bring Lottie home, we are asking for that same support again as we bring Zeke 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 “Hunsberger 08406”, 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

Chad and I began talking about adoption early in our marriage.  It was something we both wanted to do, but assumed it would be a long time down the road.  It was a "one day" dream.  In 2011, shortly after our second child was born, the Lord changed our hearts and led us to take our first step of obedience toward adoption.  While "our plan" was to wait until our children were older and the timing was right (ha!), God convicted us that our delayed obedience to His calling to adoption was actually disobedience.  We felt an urgency to step out in obedience even though the timing in our minds seemed crazy (six month old baby, Chad pursuing his doctoral degree, zero dollars in the bank for adoption).  We began our journey to a daughter from China and witnessed God's faithfulness time and time again throughout our adoption process.  God made His hand evident every stop of the way.  Every time a payment was coming due, God would provide exactly what we needed (through hard work with fundraisers, generous family and friends, and adoption grants).  At every turn, He was reassuring us that this adoption was His will.  His sovereign timing led us to be paper ready and waiting at the exact time that our daughter's file was listed on the country-wide shared list in China.  He led us straight to our Lottie girl, the exact child our family needed.

Our experience with Lottie's adoption changed us profoundly.  Our eyes were opened to the great need of orphans and our hearts were enlarged with compassion for the vulnerable around the world.  We had love to share and there were countless children who needed the love of a family.  Chad and I both knew we were not finished expanding our family.  The Lord led us on the path of foster care for a couple of years and taught us much about loving unconditionally, the way we are graciously loved by Him.  While we thought for a while that foster care was that way God desired to add to our family, in 2018 God softened both of our hearts to pursuing international adoption again.  We remember how long and difficult our first international adoption process was, but we also choose to remember the loving faithfulness of God and the way He guided us every step of the way to our daughter.  We know He will do it again as He leads us to our son.

We recently began our journey to Zeke, our son in India.  We trust that God already knows exactly who he is and pray that He prepares Zeke's heart to be in a family who already loves him.  Chad, Abigail, Luke, Lottie and I can't wait to show him the love of a family, but more importantly, the love of our God who faithfully brings us together.  Already, God has blessed our journey to Zeke.  He has provided a matching grant of $10,000 through Hearts of Compassion, partnered with Lifesong for Orphans.  This means that every dollar donated to our adoption fund up to $10,000 will be doubled!  Just as God used many, many individuals and families to bring Lottie home, we are asking for that same support again as we bring Zeke 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 “Hunsberger 08406”, 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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$207

Anna

Aug 27, 2019

“We are so excited for your family! We are praying for your family--in the midst of the waiting--may He increase your faith so that His name may be glorified. Blessings, Todd and Anna Lauren Livingston”

$500

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Aug 19, 2019

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Aug 14, 2019

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Jesse

Aug 13, 2019

$85

Julie

Aug 11, 2019

$500

Randy & Faye Cress

Jul 25, 2019

“Thanks for modeling our adoption to God through Christ. May God bless Zeke and May He see you all throughout this process”

$125

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