Planning had become our obsession; planning on having our own child. As the years went by our plans began to become desperate. We tried fertility treatments, no luck. We tried “timing”, we tried medication, all to no avail. Finally, after a surgical procedure to clear up some endometriosis, a miracle occurred! We became pregnant! The joy of this was overwhelming, our plans and hopes were finally going to come true. We were so happy. However, the Lord had a different purpose for our lives. On Mother’s Day 2015 we miscarried. Heartbroken we continued, we had been able to get pregnant once, certainly if WE tried harder it could happen again. Three years later and there has been no movement toward OUR plans. Turning to prayer with a passion unlike anything before, we asked God to show us the path he had for us. Shut a door, open a door, do something Lord! Silence was God’s response.
Finally, we took a step out in faith. Discussed the possibility of adoption with friends, family, and pastors. They all gave us the courage to stop waiting for God and that maybe it was God waiting for us. This is when we made the decision to seriously consider adoption.
The outpouring of support has been breathtaking. The people God placed in our lives through the past several years were full of encouragement, and love, and support. We heard from friends who had adopted; being strengthened by stories of success and had the joy of seeing numerous adoption success stories first hand. Now when Rachel and I pray at night, our plea isn’t for God to show us the path, it is for God to continue to illuminate the path He has chosen for us!
That is where we currently stand on our adoption journey. Our minds faithfully and prayerfully made up. The knowledge that God already has a child ready for us. He already knows this baby’s name and story. Getting to that end goal however is going to require much from faith. The adoption process is, as we discovered, exhausting both financially and emotionally. The financial side of things is what brings this letter into your hands today.
We are not asking for money. We are not asking for a check. We ARE asking for you to partner with us to bring Baby Franz home. The average cost of newborn adoption in the United States is between $35,000 and $45,000. We have trimmed our budgets, working overtime, and stashing as much money as we can away to pay for this adventure. That being said, $45,000 is a lot of money and we know God has this covered. We have seen Him do amazing acts and has carried us to this point. Would you consider being part of the family who brought our baby home?
With all our appreciation,
Nathan and Rachel Franz
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
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