Wade and I felt God bending our hearts toward adoption as we grew in our own understanding of adoption into the family of God. We began to see a thread of adoption woven throughout the entire Bible. Through prayer and learning His heart for the matter, we knew He was calling us to represent Him through adoption. We also desired biological children, hoping for a large family. The Lord blessed us with four biological children over the span of 7 years! Throughout that time, we were confident that adoption would be part of our story in God’s perfect timing.
Wade and I are excited that He has chosen us for this journey, and expectant, knowing He will be with us every step of the way. We are overwhelmed with gratitude that God has adopted us into His family, and that we have an inheritance through Jesus Christ. There has been a theme of inheritance throughout our entire adoption story. The Lord has given us the name, Canaan, for the son He is calling us to adopt. Just as the Israelites inherited the land of Canaan, a land that was not their own, we will inherit a son, and likewise; our son will inherit a forever family.
God has spoken to us in unique ways through this process, and we’d love to share one of those stories with you. Wade had a necklace made for me on Mother’s Day last year with each of our biological children’s names, as well as Canaan’s name engraved on small rings. After leaving a church event, I realized that the necklace was broken, and the rings had fallen off. Later that week, we went back to attempt to find the tiny pieces. It had rained and the cleaning crew had already come, so I was not expecting to find them, but we went to look just in case. As we were getting out of the car, I felt the Spirit prompting me to pray that we would find Canaan’s piece, and that if we only found his that it was time to start the adoption process. So, I prayed, but did not verbalize that prayer to Wade. After I searched outside and Wade went inside to look, we reconvened. Of course, Wade had only found one piece out of the five, and it was Canaan’s! The Lord, in His kindness, spoke to me so clearly, and I knew it was time. So here we are, waiting on God’s blessing and in awe of Him speaking to us!
We know He is calling us, and He will work out all the details, including the financial details. We have seen Him provide in supernatural ways, and we believe He will for our adoption process as well. In fact, He has already been at work. We received some inheritance money after the birth of our first son. We set it aside 8 years ago knowing that adoption day would come! Alongside that, we have been awarded $10,000 in matching grants from JFRH and Lifesong for Orphans Adoption Funds. We are asking you to prayerfully consider being a part of Canaan’s story through giving financially. The cost of our domestic adoption will be around $30,000, so any money given will go directly toward those costs. We covet your prayers in this journey and would be forever grateful for your contribution. Our God is good, and we are certain He will bring the necessary funds for Canaan.
We would be happy to share more details for anyone interested. Read below for financial information regarding your gift.
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 “Bryant 10011”, 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.
- –*3.5% fee for donations given with an American Express card