Burkhalter Family Malawi Adoption

Shellie Burkhalter
Shellie Burkhalter Rosburg, Washington

Hello friends and family!

Thank you so much for clicking the link to read about our story and hear our heart for adoption. Ever since we were married, we knew God had a calling on our family to care for the orphan through adoption. We are drawn to this unique picture of a family because of the overwhelming grace and love God has shown us through the sacrifice of His own son, Jesus. He died on the cross for our sins to adopt us, strangers, into His family and call His own. Our life is to shine His glory and restorative love.

It’s been a long, three year journey of waiting for these two beautiful children God has placed into our lives and soon into the arms of our family. Our adoption story has experienced a few twists and turns, but God has been holding it all together right from the start. It has been amazing to see what He has planned as we have continued to take the leap of faith and step out of the boat – trusting in Him alone even through all the doubts and unknowns. We are so excited and expectant to bring our children home!

Our next steps will be traveling to Malawi, Africa soon! This trip will likely take about 6-8 weeks, so we are hoping and praying we will be able to take our kids with us so we can all be together and bond as a family during those first few weeks. As you can imagine, traveling across the world for that long will be very expensive, so we would love to invite you to become a part of our journey through your prayers, encouragement, and if the Lord leads you, through your financial investment. We have also been blessed with a $7,000 matching grant funded by the Tim Tebow Foundation! This means that for every dollar given, they will provide an equal donation up to our total matching grant amount. This will double the impact of every donation! We would be forever grateful if you would join us in prayer and donations by being apart of bringing our children home.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27

Love,

The Burkhalters


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 “Burkhalter 10589”, 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
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Raised to date by 26 people
 of  $10,000
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My Story

Hello friends and family!

Thank you so much for clicking the link to read about our story and hear our heart for adoption. Ever since we were married, we knew God had a calling on our family to care for the orphan through adoption. We are drawn to this unique picture of a family because of the overwhelming grace and love God has shown us through the sacrifice of His own son, Jesus. He died on the cross for our sins to adopt us, strangers, into His family and call His own. Our life is to shine His glory and restorative love.

It’s been a long, three year journey of waiting for these two beautiful children God has placed into our lives and soon into the arms of our family. Our adoption story has experienced a few twists and turns, but God has been holding it all together right from the start. It has been amazing to see what He has planned as we have continued to take the leap of faith and step out of the boat – trusting in Him alone even through all the doubts and unknowns. We are so excited and expectant to bring our children home!

Our next steps will be traveling to Malawi, Africa soon! This trip will likely take about 6-8 weeks, so we are hoping and praying we will be able to take our kids with us so we can all be together and bond as a family during those first few weeks. As you can imagine, traveling across the world for that long will be very expensive, so we would love to invite you to become a part of our journey through your prayers, encouragement, and if the Lord leads you, through your financial investment. We have also been blessed with a $7,000 matching grant funded by the Tim Tebow Foundation! This means that for every dollar given, they will provide an equal donation up to our total matching grant amount. This will double the impact of every donation! We would be forever grateful if you would join us in prayer and donations by being apart of bringing our children home.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27

Love,

The Burkhalters


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 “Burkhalter 10589”, 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
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$2,000

Hidden

Dec 14, 2023

$200

Justina

Nov 3, 2023

$500

Mike

Oct 17, 2023

$855

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Oct 11, 2023

“Love you Shellie Belly!!”

$850

Forage Sisters

Oct 4, 2023

$100

Gail

Sep 22, 2023

“Praying for a safe, fulfilling trip, and the beginning of a new life for your wonderful family...I love you all, Gail.”

$500

Abbie

Sep 2, 2023

“So excited for you, your family, and these two new kiddos that we get to watch as God works in all your lives. What a gift. Thankful for your family and this example of God's unconditional love.”

$500

Offline Donation

Sep 2, 2023

$500

Offline Donation

Aug 17, 2023

$100

Wendy

Aug 16, 2023

“I am so excited for all of you!!”

$120

Theo

Aug 13, 2023

“Can’t wait, to see my new nephew and niece God bless you may the Lord be with you through all of this great journey!”

$1,000

Steve and Lenore

Jul 24, 2023

“Love you and your heart for children 💜”

$500

Offline Donation

Jul 21, 2023

$1,000

Tucker

Jul 18, 2023

$250

Hidden

Jul 16, 2023

“We love you all!!!! God is good...all the time!!!”

$250

Robin

Jul 11, 2023

“Love you guys!”

$200

Susan

Jul 3, 2023

“We love you all so much. Looking forward to 2 more grand babies!”

$300

Colleen

Jul 3, 2023

“Praying for you guys.”

$100

David and Deb

Jul 1, 2023

“Congratulations Burkhalter family! Keeping you all in our prayers as you travel to meet your new son and daughter.”

$50

Hidden

Jun 30, 2023

“Praying for you all!”

$100

Amie

Jun 29, 2023

“In honor of my girls 10 year GOTCHA anniversary!!”

$200

Cynthia

Jun 29, 2023

$50

Sabrina

Jun 29, 2023

“Adoption holds such a special place in our hearts. Wishing you all the best as you embark on this journey!”

$100

Hidden

Jun 29, 2023

$100

Uncle Mike & Auntie Barb

Jun 29, 2023

“Love all of you!”

$100

Grigg

Jun 29, 2023