de Jongs Adopt

Christena de Jong
Christena de Jong LeRoy, Michigan

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.

Humbly,

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.
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Raised to date by 28 people
 of  $19,575
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My Story

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.

Humbly,

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.
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Wow!

February 26, 2018

I woke up this morning to an update from our adoption counselor… someone anonymously donated our remaining balance. ❤️🙌🙏 God’s provision amazes me and I can’t even begin to explain my gratitude and love for every single person who took time to pray, support, donate, or love on us. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! Now we just have to wait on God’s timing to place our baby in our arms. 

Thank you again!!!! 

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Over Half Way There!

January 4, 2018

I can’t believe we have raised over 50% of our goal so far! Thank you for all the kind donations. Every little bit will certainly help us on this adventure and we sure do appreciate you all. We sure feel lucky to have been shown so much support and love.
We are hoping to hear great news in 2018 and will definitely keep you all posted as our adoption journey continues to unfold!

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Comments

$8,280

Offline Donation

Feb 26, 2018

$1,000

Rebecca

Feb 21, 2018

“From Becky & Jerry Many prayers and can't wait to meet you new little one. Lots of love”

$50

Hidden

Jan 31, 2018

$500

Hidden

Jan 28, 2018

$100

Offline Donation

Jan 22, 2018

$100

Paula

Jan 12, 2018

“Jillian, Tom and I are so excited for you two and your journey to start a family. We hope this little bit helps get you a bit closer and we wish you all the blessings that come with a wee one! Can't wait to meet baby deJong!”

$50

Robin

Jan 10, 2018

“I am so excited and happy for you two! Praying a precious little one finds you soon. <3”

$100

Devon

Jan 8, 2018

“We are praying for you. And looking forward to seeing the precious baby God has in store for you!”

$100

Amber and Gary

Dec 31, 2017

“Congratulations!!!! Happy New Year!”

$1,100

Hidden

Dec 28, 2017

$100

Samantha

Dec 26, 2017

“We are very thankful that a baby will very soon have you two as his or her wonderful parents. We are praying for your future child and for you two during this time.”

$1,000

Offline Donation

Dec 26, 2017

$200

Mark & Denise

Dec 25, 2017

“Wishing you all the best in the New Year. Love you guys.”

$100

Mike and Cindy

Dec 25, 2017

“Praying for you!!”

$200

Offline Donation

Dec 25, 2017

$200

ANDREW

Dec 24, 2017

“de Jong Account Number: 7347”

$2,000

Offline Donation

Dec 24, 2017

$75

Shane

Dec 23, 2017

“Congratulations and best of luck! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the both of you, and hopefully all three of you!”

$3,070

Megan

Dec 22, 2017

“We are over the moon for you both and can't wait to watch you become parents. Praying in the waiting along with you and ready to snuggle our niece/nephew! We love you!”

$25

Jack

Dec 22, 2017

“You will be the best parents!”

$100

Alexa

Dec 22, 2017

“This is one lucky baby <3”

$400

Erika

Dec 22, 2017

“Sending you lots of love as you go through this experience together. -Joe & Erika”

$300

Kathy

Dec 22, 2017

“Merry Christmas to you and your family. I am sure with love and support from friends God will help you meet your goal. He knows there is a child out there that will be blessed to become part of your families.”

$50

Lauren

Dec 22, 2017

“Love you guys! Praying baby comes home soon!”

$50

Dionn and Dave

Dec 21, 2017

“All of the best to you on your journey! 🙏”

$100

Roy and Renee

Dec 21, 2017

“Congratulations! Will continue to pray for you! Love Roy and Renee”

$225

Offline Donation

Dec 10, 2017

$1,000

Offline Donation

Nov 4, 2017