Bringing “Promise” Home-adopting from China

Kate
Kate St Louis, Missouri

I’m Kate C. In 2009, I adopted my daughter, Lexi, from Russia. She was 6 1/2 years old. Lexi is an amazing daughter–loving, tender-hearted, brave and loyal–who gladdens my heart each and every day.

I began to feel that our family wasn’t finished growing. We have hosted nine orphans from three different countries, and loved them fiercely, but none of them are available for adoption. Both Lexi and I feel that we need a little sister who will never have to leave.

I looked on different “waiting child” sites for countries that allow singles to adopt. One little girl caught at my heart, again and again. She is nine years old. She has dimples that match Lexi’s. And, she has a long list of medical dianognes that, honestly, were intimidating to me. But, over time, with much prayer and many conversations, I have become convinced that we can meet her needs. We just need help getting her home!

Her name in Chinese means “Joyful Promise” or “Promise to Flourish”. So, while we wait for her to be ours, we’re calling her “Promise” online. We promise to do all we can to bring her home. We can’t wait to see what promise she has!

I am an older, tired, mom who lives very simply. I am not sure why God has called me to adopt this little girl. Surely there is someone with more energy, more resources, more time that could be her mom. What I do have is a willing heart. Maybe that is why?

When I adopted Lexi, I was led to the story of Moses and read it with new eyes. God chose Pharaoh’s daughter, a single woman, to adopt Moses. While my adoption of Promise is unlikely to change the fate of world, it can change the world for one little girl.

Thank you. Thank you for hearing and sharing our story. It is a very humbling position to be put in, to need to rely on others so completely. Thank you for holding us in your prayers. Blessings and joy!


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 “Christian 09223”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, 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 7 people
 of  $30,000
216 days left

My Story

I’m Kate C. In 2009, I adopted my daughter, Lexi, from Russia. She was 6 1/2 years old. Lexi is an amazing daughter–loving, tender-hearted, brave and loyal–who gladdens my heart each and every day.

I began to feel that our family wasn’t finished growing. We have hosted nine orphans from three different countries, and loved them fiercely, but none of them are available for adoption. Both Lexi and I feel that we need a little sister who will never have to leave.

I looked on different “waiting child” sites for countries that allow singles to adopt. One little girl caught at my heart, again and again. She is nine years old. She has dimples that match Lexi’s. And, she has a long list of medical dianognes that, honestly, were intimidating to me. But, over time, with much prayer and many conversations, I have become convinced that we can meet her needs. We just need help getting her home!

Her name in Chinese means “Joyful Promise” or “Promise to Flourish”. So, while we wait for her to be ours, we’re calling her “Promise” online. We promise to do all we can to bring her home. We can’t wait to see what promise she has!

I am an older, tired, mom who lives very simply. I am not sure why God has called me to adopt this little girl. Surely there is someone with more energy, more resources, more time that could be her mom. What I do have is a willing heart. Maybe that is why?

When I adopted Lexi, I was led to the story of Moses and read it with new eyes. God chose Pharaoh’s daughter, a single woman, to adopt Moses. While my adoption of Promise is unlikely to change the fate of world, it can change the world for one little girl.

Thank you. Thank you for hearing and sharing our story. It is a very humbling position to be put in, to need to rely on others so completely. Thank you for holding us in your prayers. Blessings and joy!


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 “Christian 09223”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, 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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sending 2020 out with a bang

December 31, 2020

It’s been a busy week! We have some updated medical new recently that is a little daunting. But, I remain at peace about our decision to bring Promise home. She just is going to need more support–or different supports–than we orginally thought. 

We have offically applied for “pre-approval”. This means that her file will be locked to us. No one else can bring her home. 

I also juuuuuuust managed to get her I800 filed. (This is pre-approval for her visa to enter the US and become a US citizen.) I raced to Fed Ex tonight; leaving my house seven minutes before it closed. As I got there the clerk had the vacuum cleaner out. But, she remembered me from other joyful drop-offs. She scanned our label in and that pacakge is offical on its way before the end of 2020. 

It’s been a crazy, CRAZY year, hasn’t it? Our world is such a mess. I can’t change the world. I wouldn’t even know where to begin. But, I can keep trying to change the world for one. more. little girl. <3 

Wishing you all joy in 2021! 

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grant news

December 3, 2020

We have been awarded a $6000 matching grant from Lifesong for Orphans. This means that any donation you make, up to $6000, will essentially be doubled! 

We are grateful to Lifesong and hope this is as much an encouragement to you as it is to us. 

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Comments

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Dec 24, 2020

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Stephanie

Dec 11, 2020

“Excited by your obedience to follow the Lord! May He bless you and sustain you each day!”

$500

sybille

Dec 10, 2020

“may God bring Promise home soon!!!”

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Maria

Dec 7, 2020

“Wishing you well on your next journey of love! Maria”

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Katie

Dec 6, 2020

“We are so happy for you all! Katie and Brian Toungette and kids”

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Rebecca

Dec 5, 2020

“Blessings to you as you prepare your heart and home!”

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Amy

Dec 4, 2020

“Amazing story. Prayers for you and your growing family.”