Churchill Adoption Journey

Zachary Churchill
Zachary Churchill Stow, Ohio

Londa and I met and fell in love in 2006. We were married on December 15, 2007.  It was always our hope to have children but we soon learned that it was going to take a miracle to make that possible.

After years of wrestling with infertility and treatments, we began to explore the possibility of adopting. Just as we began to think about what adoption would look like for our family, we found out to our shock and surprise that Londa was pregnant!

Her pregnancy was full of twists and turns and several challenges. There was more than one moment where we thought we would lose our son before ever meeting him. Thankfully, it all worked out and our son, Evan, was born healthy and strong. Our hearts were full of joy that God answered our prayers after eight years of waiting!

As time went on though, we found ourselves longing for another child to complete our family. We were so happy when we found out that Londa was pregnant again and felt hope that our prayers would be answered again. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be and we lost a son before we could ever meet him. Six months later, Londa became pregnant with a daughter and we would lose her too.

Rather than give up on our dream of having another child, God turned our hearts to adoption once again.  As we researched what it would take to adopt, we were surprised to find that adopting could easily cost well over $25,000. Once we learned this, the thought of moving forward was very intimidating, as that was a huge financial hurdle to overcome.

But in June of 2019, after much prayer, we made the decision once-and-for-all to embark upon an adoption journey. We were sitting together at a picnic table overlooking the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains while on vacation.  As we looked out over the mountain range, we felt like the costs of adopting seemed like an insurmountable mountain in front of us … but our hearts knew that the Lord was calling us to pursue this path. We knew He was in control and that He has great plans for our family. As we talked and prayed together that day, we were reminded that we believe in a God who has the power to move mountains for those who trust in Him.

We found a wonderful adoption agency to get the process started.  They have been amazing so far. We have completed our training and our home study and now we’re just waiting for a birth mother to choose us to be the family that raises her child.  We are truly excited to see what the future holds.

Many of our friends have encouraged us to provide an opportunity for people to support us on this journey if they feel led.  We are trusting God to provide the resources to get us to the finish line and we are already amazed at the doors He has opened for us so far.  The latest miracle was being approved for a $5,000 matching grant from Lifesong for Orphans and being able to create this mySTORY page.

Please feel no pressure to give.  But if you do feel led to help us, participating in this crowdfunding campaign through Lifesong for Orphans is the easiest way to partner with us. And the first $5000 you give will be matched by Lifesong for Orphans!

If you decide to partner with us on this journey, we hope you feel joy as you watch our story unfold.  Whether you are able to help financially or willing to join us in prayer, this page will be a great way to follow our journey each step of the way.  Thank you for taking the time to read this and for letting us share our story with you!


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 “Churchill #9144”, 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 57 people
 of  $20,000
216 days left

My Story

Londa and I met and fell in love in 2006. We were married on December 15, 2007.  It was always our hope to have children but we soon learned that it was going to take a miracle to make that possible.

After years of wrestling with infertility and treatments, we began to explore the possibility of adopting. Just as we began to think about what adoption would look like for our family, we found out to our shock and surprise that Londa was pregnant!

Her pregnancy was full of twists and turns and several challenges. There was more than one moment where we thought we would lose our son before ever meeting him. Thankfully, it all worked out and our son, Evan, was born healthy and strong. Our hearts were full of joy that God answered our prayers after eight years of waiting!

As time went on though, we found ourselves longing for another child to complete our family. We were so happy when we found out that Londa was pregnant again and felt hope that our prayers would be answered again. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be and we lost a son before we could ever meet him. Six months later, Londa became pregnant with a daughter and we would lose her too.

Rather than give up on our dream of having another child, God turned our hearts to adoption once again.  As we researched what it would take to adopt, we were surprised to find that adopting could easily cost well over $25,000. Once we learned this, the thought of moving forward was very intimidating, as that was a huge financial hurdle to overcome.

But in June of 2019, after much prayer, we made the decision once-and-for-all to embark upon an adoption journey. We were sitting together at a picnic table overlooking the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains while on vacation.  As we looked out over the mountain range, we felt like the costs of adopting seemed like an insurmountable mountain in front of us … but our hearts knew that the Lord was calling us to pursue this path. We knew He was in control and that He has great plans for our family. As we talked and prayed together that day, we were reminded that we believe in a God who has the power to move mountains for those who trust in Him.

We found a wonderful adoption agency to get the process started.  They have been amazing so far. We have completed our training and our home study and now we’re just waiting for a birth mother to choose us to be the family that raises her child.  We are truly excited to see what the future holds.

Many of our friends have encouraged us to provide an opportunity for people to support us on this journey if they feel led.  We are trusting God to provide the resources to get us to the finish line and we are already amazed at the doors He has opened for us so far.  The latest miracle was being approved for a $5,000 matching grant from Lifesong for Orphans and being able to create this mySTORY page.

Please feel no pressure to give.  But if you do feel led to help us, participating in this crowdfunding campaign through Lifesong for Orphans is the easiest way to partner with us. And the first $5000 you give will be matched by Lifesong for Orphans!

If you decide to partner with us on this journey, we hope you feel joy as you watch our story unfold.  Whether you are able to help financially or willing to join us in prayer, this page will be a great way to follow our journey each step of the way.  Thank you for taking the time to read this and for letting us share our story with you!


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 “Churchill #9144”, 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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For those of you who have not seen our updates on Facebook

December 22, 2021

Recently, a friend mentioned to us that it’s been a long time since we have posted an update regarding our adoption journey through MyStory.  They were right!  While we post about our adoption journey pretty often on Facebook, we have definitely dropped the ball posting here.  So with that in mind, here are a few updates we have posted on Facebook for those out of the loop.  Thank you so much for partnering with us on this crazy journey.  Though we are still waiting, we absolutely believe in hope that our story will have a happy ending and that we will one day have an incredible story to share with all of you!

11/25/20

We are so honored that Lifesong for Orphans chose to use Evan as part of their Thanksgiving Fundraising Campaign! https://www.instagram.com/p/CHn6xunHz_6/ We will never forget the day that we found out that we were chosen to receive a matching grant from them. We are still in awe of God for the way that he has provided for us through Lifesong for Orphans. As you can see from the link below, our adoption journey is almost completely funded! https://mystory.lifesongfororphans.org/…/churchill…/

3/5/21

We continue to wait in hope that a birth mother will see our profile and choose our family to be the one her child is raised in. A huge thanks for those willing to share this and help us get the word out about our desire to adopt!

Meet Zach & Londa. “Adoption is always something we have been open to and began researching before Evan was born. After we had Evan, we definitely found ourselves longing for another child. We began to pray about adopting a child into our family and made the decision to adopt with confidence that we are on the path we are supposed to be on.” #FamilyFriday #OAAdoptOH #InfantAdoption https://openarmsadopt.com/families/zach-londa/
 
5/4/21
 
Our adoption agency encouraged us to create a video designed to introduce our family and share our story with expectant mothers who are thinking about placing their babies for adoption. It would mean so much if you would be willing to share this and help get the word out about us and our desire to adopt!
 
https://youtu.be/Mow-yXSB-BU
https://www.facebook.com/ZachChurchillCVCA/videos/10165218654720603
 
10/11/21
 
Quick adoption update: This August, we were presented with an opportunity to adopt a baby girl with a rare chromosomal abnormality called 18Q-. After much research and prayer, we decided to allow ourselves to be considered by the birth mom and we were told that she really liked our family profile. Though we tried to protect our hearts, it really seemed like we were on the path to being chosen and meeting this baby girl on October 20th. However, today we found out that the birth mom decided to go in a different direction and focus only on adoptive couples who live closer to her in Maryland. Though our hearts are heavy with this news, we are trusting God to open up another opportunity for us and looking forward to what the future holds. #PrayersAppreciated
 
11/27/21
 
Our adoption journey has been full of twists and turns, but we are still hopeful that everything will work out for us to adopt when the time is right. Over the last three months, two adoption opportunities emerged that really seemed orchestrated by God (at least at the time), but they simply weren’t meant to be. As we continue to wait, we are grateful for our adoption agency and all they are doing to get the word out about us and our desire to adopt. A huge thanks to those who have shared our video in the past and continue to do so to help our dream of adopting become a reality!
 
12/20/21
 
We’re not going to sugar-coat it: The last three months have been a level of hard that we have never experienced before. In fact, it’s been so utterly overwhelming that getting Christmas cards out has been the last thing on our minds. But we want all of our friends and family to be assured of this: You are so deeply loved and we absolutely treasure your presence in our lives! Thank you for lifting us up in prayer as we grieved two failed adoptions and walked through unbearable heartache and loss. As many of you know, COVID-19 tore through our family and left gaping holes in our hearts. Though we mourn for the chairs that will be empty this Christmas (with Omi passing away and my Mom still in the hospital), we know that we still have so much to be grateful for. We have felt God’s love surround us and we are comforted by His promise that those who sow in tears will reap in joy. Know that you are loved and that the Churchills wish you a very Merry Christmas! May 2022 be your best and most joyful year yet!
 
If you read all the way to this point, wow, do you love us! Thanks for being on this journey with us and for lifting us up in prayer. We promise to do a better job of posting updates here for those not on Facebook. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
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A Child’s Dream of a Star

November 10, 2020

A couple months ago, Londa found an adorable little onesie that has become the design inspiration for transforming Evan’s old nursery.  As many of you know, we are hoping to adopt a newborn girl in the future and are just waiting for the call to come letting us know that we’ve been chosen.  When Londa showed me the onesie, it moved me because it immediately reminded me of something written by Charles Dickens called “A Child’s Dream of a Star.” Without realizing it at the time, she found a design inspiration that included a subtle tribute to the son and daughter we lost to miscarriage but will one day meet in Heaven.  To learn more about our adoption journey:  #LostButNotForgotten #HopeForTheFuture #ChurchillAdoptionJourney

“A Child’s Dream of a Star” by Charles Dickens

THERE was once a child, and he strolled about a good deal, and thought of a number of things. He had a sister, who was a child too, and his constant companion. These two used to wonder all day long. They wondered at the beauty of the flowers; they wondered at the height and blueness of the sky; they wondered at the depth of the bright water; they wondered at the goodness and the power of God, who made the lovely world.

They used to say to one another, sometimes, Supposing all the children upon earth were to die, would the flowers and the water and the sky be sorry? They believed they would be sorry. For, said they, the buds are the children of the flowers, and the little playful streams that gambol down the hillsides are the children of the water; and the smallest bright specks playing at hide-and-seek in the sky all night must surely be the children of the stars; and they would all be grieved to see their playmates, the children of men, no more.

There was one clear shining star that used to come out in the sky before the rest, near the church-spire, above the graves. It was larger and more beautiful, they thought, than all the others, and every night they watched for it, standing hand in hand at a window. Whoever saw it first cried out, “I see the star!” And often they cried out both together, knowing so well when it would rise and where. So they grew to be such friends with it, that, before lying down in their beds, they always looked out once again, to bid it good night; and when they were turning round to sleep, they used to say, “God bless the star!”

But while she was still very young, O, very, very young, the sister drooped, and came to be so weak that she could no longer stand in the window at night; and then the child looked sadly out by himself, and when he saw the star, turned round and said to the patient pale face on the bed, “I see the star!” And then a smile would come upon the face, and a little weak voice used to say, “God bless my brother and the star!”

And so the time came, all too soon! when the child looked out alone, and when there was no face on the bed; and when there was a little grave among the graves, not there before; and when the star made long rays down towards him, as he saw it through his tears.

Now, these rays were so bright, and they seemed to make such a shining way from earth to heaven, that when the child went to his solitary bed, he dreamed about the star; and dreamed that, lying where he was, he saw a train of people taken up that sparkling road by angels. And the star, opening, showed him a great world of light, where many more such angels waited to receive them.

All these angels, who were waiting, turned their beaming eyes upon the people who were carried up into the star; and some came out from the long rows in which they stood, and fell upon the people’s necks, and kissed them tenderly, and went away with them down avenues of light, and were so happy in their company, that, lying in his bed, he wept for joy.

But there were many angels who did not go with them, and among them one he knew. The patient face that once had lain upon the bed was glorified and radiant, but his heart found out his sister among all the host.

His sister’s angel lingered near the entrance of the star, and said to the leader among those who had brought the people thither, “Is my brother come?”

And he said, “No.”

She was turning hopefully away, when the child stretched out his arms, and cried, “O sister, I am here! Take me!” And then she turned her beaming eyes upon him, and it was night; and the star was shining into the room, making long rays down towards him as he saw it through his tears.

From that hour forth, the child looked out upon the star as on the home he was to go to, when his time should come; and he thought that he did not belong to the earth alone, but to the star too, because of his sister’s angel gone before.

There was a baby born to be a brother to the child; and while he was so little that he never yet had spoken word, he stretched his tiny form out on his bed, and died.

Again the child dreamed of the opened star, and of the company of angels, and the train of people, and the rows of angels with their beaming eyes all turned upon those people’s faces.

Said his sister’s angel to the leader, “Is my brother come?”

And he said, “Not that one, but another.”

As the child beheld his brother’s angel in her arms, he cried, “O sister, I am here! Take me!” And she turned and smiled upon him, and the star was shining.

He grew to be a young man, and was busy at his books when an old servant came to him and said, “Thy mother is no more. I bring her blessing on her darling son!”

Again at night he saw the star, and all that former company. Said his sister’s angel to the leader, “Is my brother come?”

And he said, “Thy mother!”

A mighty cry of joy went forth through all the star, because the mother was reunited to her two children. And he stretched out his arms and cried, “O mother, sister, and brother, I am here! Take me!”

And they answered him, “Not yet.” And the star was shining.

He grew to be a man, whose hair was turning gray; and he was sitting in his chair by the fireside, heavy with grief, and with his face bedewed with tears, when the star opened once again.

Said his sister’s angel to the leader, “Is my brother come?”

And he said, “Nay, but his maiden daughter.”

And the man who had been the child saw his daughter, newly lost to him, a celestial creature among those three, and he said, “My daughter’s head is on my sister’s bosom, and her arm is round my mother’s neck, and at her feet there is the baby of old time, and I can bear the parting from her, God be praised!”

And the star was shining.

Thus the child came to be an old man, and his once smooth face was wrinkled, and his steps were slow and feeble, and his back was bent. And one night as he lay upon his bed, his children standing round, he cried, as he had cried so long ago, “I see the star!”

They whispered one another, “He is dying.”

And he said, “I am. My age is falling from me like a garment, and I move towards the star as a child. And O my Father, now I thank thee that it has so often opened to receive those dear ones who await me!”

And the star was shining; and it shines upon his grave.

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Design inspiration for the nursery!

November 10, 2020
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We are no longer on the wating list for our agency!

September 11, 2020

EXCITING ADOPTION JOURNEY UPDATE! For the last couple of months, we’ve been on the waiting list with our adoption agency. It’s kind of like we have been on the “JV” team waiting to be called up to the “Varsity” team. Now that we are officially on the “Varsity” team, our family’s profile is on our agency’s website and birth mothers will now start hearing about us as they try to decide what family they want their child to be placed with. This means that we could receive a phone call letting us know that we’ve been chosen at any time! While it is likely that we could still be waiting a long time, this is a great milestone we’ve been waiting for and we couldn’t be more excited to see how our adoption journey unfolds!

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Absolutely Blown Away!

August 15, 2020

When we posted back on August 4th that God had helped us raise $11,128 on our mySTORY page through Lifesong for Orphans, we didn’t have all the information … What we didn’t realize is that a large number of people had also sent in checks, and that didn’t show up in our family adoption account until recently. So, with great joy, we are happy to announce that God has helped us raise $16,595 through Lifesong for Orphans. We are completely blown away that so many people love us enough to want to partner with us on this journey and help us get to the finish line. We were initially hoping to simply match the grant and now, by God’s grace, the entire adoption is close to being covered! We have never felt so loved in our lives or so in awe of God’s faithfulness! You have overwhelmed our hearts with so much joy!

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In just SIX days, God has helped us raise the entire amount of the matching grant of $5,000

August 4, 2020

In just SIX days, God has helped us raise the entire amount of the matching grant of $5,000 that was offered to us by Lifesong for Orphans! We have been absolutely blown away by God’s faithfulness and the generosity of so many people who have chosen to partner with us on this adoption journey. We began this journey hoping for just a little help to get to the finish line, but we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love that we have felt over this last week. 

A huge thanks to those who have chosen to partner with us! You have filled our hearts with so much joy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pJd2BpXflY

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Generosity beyond all expectation: A matching grant for $5,000!

July 28, 2020

We will never forget what we experienced last Thursday, July 23, 2020!  While I was taking Evan out for a bike ride, I received the most amazing phone call and I couldn’t wait to go home and tell Londa.  On the way home though, I decided it would be more fun for Evan to be the one to tell Londa the good news.  We practiced what he was going to say and I decided to record it so we would never forget the incredible joy and excitement we felt that day.  Some of you may have even seen the video on Facebook and I wish I could post it here, but here’s what Evan said: “Hey Mommy, Lifesong for Orphans decided to give us a matching grant for $5,000! Cool!”  We were absolutely blown away and deeply moved that Lifesong for Orphans chose to be so generous to us.  We couldn’t help but think about Ephesians 3:20 as our hearts rejoiced with this incredible news.  He is doing more for us than we could have ever imagined and the path to the finish line for our adoption just got so much clearer.  God is so amazing and we feel so loved by Him!

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Evan sharing our amazing news about the $5,000 Matching Grant we received!

July 28, 2020

Here is a link to the video of Evan preparing to share our exciting news about the $5,000 matching grant with his Mommy: https://youtu.be/4WsjaLpHdWA

For every dollar we raise, Lifesong for Orphans will match it up to $5,000!  We are still absolutely blown away that they would do this for us and so grateful to God for His provision!

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Katherine

Dec 16, 2020

$100

Kelly

Sep 13, 2020

“Sending all my love!”

$200

Brent & Amy

Sep 11, 2020

“All of our prayers, support, and blessings! We praise God for His faithfulness and love. Eph. 3:20”

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Russell & Ashley

Sep 10, 2020

$100

Bill and Linda

Aug 25, 2020

$200

Rob

Aug 25, 2020

“Praying and believing!!!! We love you all!”

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Aug 15, 2020

“Know that your growing family is covered in prayer. God bless.”

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Kate

Aug 15, 2020

“We love and support you in this journey ❤️❤️❤️”

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Kristi

Aug 15, 2020

“Just because.”

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“We're so excited to be part of the journey that our Lord has planned for you!”

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Michael

Aug 6, 2020

“Good luck and God bless!”

$200

Jennifer

Aug 6, 2020

“Blessings for this journey! From all the Meybaums!”

$200

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Aug 6, 2020

$100

Judith

Aug 5, 2020

$192

michele

Aug 5, 2020

$200

Kathleen and Bob

Aug 5, 2020

“Dear Londa and Zach. All the best on your adoption journey We Love you. Uncle Bob and Aunt Kathy”

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“You are loved and we are excited to see you continue to know Him more as you walk this road! Col. 1:29 "To this end I labor, struggling with all HIS energy, which so powerfully works in me." (emphasis mine)”

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Elaine

Aug 4, 2020

“So excited for you guys! Love from Uncle Chris & Aunt Elaine❤️❤️”

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Erin

Aug 4, 2020

“Lifting you all up in prayer! We are so excited to continue to hear of God’s faithfulness in your lives. We love you!”

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Susan

Aug 4, 2020

“best wishes and enjoy the journey!”

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Amy

Aug 4, 2020

“Wishing you all the best!”

$200

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Aug 4, 2020

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“Praying for you throughout this journey. May God be with you every step of the way!”

$100

Cheryl & Greg

Aug 3, 2020

“May God continue to bless you on this journey❣️”

$100

KATHLEEN

Aug 3, 2020

“...but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. -Isaiah 40:31 We are praying for your adoption journey, Dan and Kathleen Petno”

$100

Melody

Aug 3, 2020

“I hope this helps! God bless your family!”

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Katherine

Aug 3, 2020

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“God bless!”

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John and Melinda

Aug 3, 2020

“It is a joy to share the resources God has trusted to us for the next generation of the Churchill family. God Bless you!!”

$1,023

Matt

Aug 3, 2020

“God bless you both! We love you guys. - M and M”

$100

Melissa

Aug 3, 2020

“We are so excited for you!!!!!!!”

$2,000

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Aug 3, 2020

$2,000

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Aug 2, 2020

“We are glad to play a small part in the adoption. You will be in our prayers.”

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“Praying for all of you. Love you!!”

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Aug 2, 2020

“We’re so happy for you... and we’re praying as you continue on this beautiful journey. We love you guys!!!”

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Andrea

Aug 2, 2020

“Praying for your journey!”

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Craig

Aug 1, 2020

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“You've been a blessing to many through the years, including to our own children at CVCA. We pray those blessings are returned to you in the name of our Lord. God bless your family.”

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David

Jul 30, 2020

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Jon

Jul 30, 2020

“Praying for your journey and investment of the kingdom. Adoption is such a beautiful thing we get to experience on this earth as God prepares his children. To be adopted into his kingdom.”

$100

Doug

Jul 30, 2020

$25

Loriann

Jul 29, 2020

$50

David

Jul 29, 2020

“Praising God for this blessed child and the love that he/she will receive!”

$150

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Jul 29, 2020

“Praying as the Lord builds your family!!! Wish we could give more at this time but we know the Lord will bring exactly what you need!! Thanks for adopting!!”

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Jul 29, 2020

“From a family that has felt your family's love. Good luck. We'll keep praying for you.”