Dear Family and Friends,
Some of you know we have felt called by God to adopt our first child into our family. We are adopting an infant from the United States and will be matched with a specific child, prayerfully, soon. As a family, we’ve been excitedly praying for our agency, birth mom and baby, and we’ve already picked out names, if it’s a girl Aurora and if it’s a boy Luke. We have chosen middle names, but want to leave those flexible in case the birth family has strong feelings for names that we are yet unaware of. We want to honor our child’s story in the best way possible.
What has prompted us to adopt? Contributing factors are that we are unable to have biological children and after prayerfully considering our options, we’ve felt so clearly led by God to adopt that we want to obey Him. Since we started dating 9 years ago, we have discussed the desire to adopt. In our 7+ years of marriage we are grateful for the roller coaster of a ride that has brought us to bring those talks to fruition. We look forward to opening our hearts and homes to our future child(ren).
The biggest challenge is not opening our hearts and home to a child, but it is finding the finances to make this happen. The estimated total cost for our adoption is $22,575. Honestly, it’s a little difficult (because of our pride) to make our needs known, but we have realized that it is in our weakest moments that we are lifted up the most. We have been encouraged and supported in so many ways by our family and friends and we would like you to pray and consider helping us in one or two ways with our adoption.
1. Please pray God would care for the birth family and baby until we are able to bring baby home; that God would prepare Brandon and I for the upcoming changes to our family and the patience to await God’s perfect timing; and that God will give us wisdom, discernment, and insight as we raise our child to know Jesus.
2. Will you please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us cover the remaining amount needed for our adoption expenses to bring this child home? Our goal date is January 31, 2018 but funds will be accepted towards our adoption until the child is in our home and/or our adoption is complete.
Please make checks payable to “Lifesong for Orphans.” In the memo, note “family account number, 7347” and “family name, de Jong” to assure it goes to the correct account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744. 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption. Another option is to give online. Please click the DONATE button above for online giving.
Family Name: de Jong
Account Number: 7347
Thank you for loving us, supporting us, praying for us, and all of the encouragement. We would like say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity! We’ll give you an update with pictures of Aurora or Luke and details as we receive them. Please pray this entire process will glorify God and fulfill His purposes.
Brandon and Christena de Jong
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 “de Jong 7347”, 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.