To Family Bringing Home Miles!

Alton To
Alton To San Francisco, California

Dearest Friends,

We have been so overwhelmed and often moved to tears by the amount of love, prayers, kind words, and generous support. We are beyond thankful and are confident that God will continue to provide for all of our needs.  

We do ask that you continue to pray for us!  As we prepare to take our first trip to visit, pray that that God would calm our nerves and anxiousness.  There’s so much to do before our trip and in preparation for Miles to come home –pray that we wouldn’t forget what’s most important.  Pray God would help us to bond with him in the future.  Lastly, pray that in the meantime as we wait in these last final months that we would grow in our love and support of each other!

We’ve been saving for an adoption since we were first married but realized it’s a bit more than we anticipated.  The estimate is that it will cost us about $40,000 – $54,000.  Friends have been asking us about this so we wanted to see if there was a tax-deductible way to give and we were able to find Lifesong – a Christian nonprofit dedicated to meeting the needs of orphan children around the world.

If you’re interested in supporting us in this way please note the details at the bottom of the page.

 

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OUR STORY:

About 10 years ago, through a sermon at church, my heart was stirred to adopt as I began to understand the generous love of God to not only unconditionally love someone who is prideful, rebellious and ungrateful like me, but to adopt me into His family as his daughter! Shortly after, in God’s perfect plan, He brought along Alton into my life who also shared this same conviction and desire to adopt :):)

A couple of years later, we got married and made plans for what our life would look like. We dreamed that we would enjoy marriage, get a dog, have 1 or 2 children and then adopt a couple of children thereafter. A few years into our marriage, we began trying to start our family. But as the months and years went by, there were no children. This long and lonely journey led to many tears, anger, confusion, shame and on top of that, the hurtful insensitive comments, constant questions from people hurt me more than I ever thought possible. With a growing desire, growing disappointment, and growing expectation of others to be at a certain place in life, this has been a silent heavy burden that we never expected to carry.

But God is gracious, He sustained us (and continues to) and carries this load so that even in times that we lose heart, He holds us. The Lord reminds us that He is ever-present with our ultimate good in mind. He teaches us that He is more than sufficient for our needs and that His plans are not our plans. Through it all, we knew God was leading us to adopt in this season of our lives.

We decided to pursue the international route and have been in this crazy process of never-ending paperwork and a lot of waiting for what feels like forever. We wanted to share that we were finally matched with a baby boy from South Korea! Lord willing, we’ll be able to bring him home by Fall of this year. We rejoice in God’s goodness to us and we’re excited to be this little guy’s parents❤️!

Although we can’t share too much information about him publicly, we wanted to share this news with all of you and ask for your prayers as we prepare for this next stage of our lives!

 

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 “To 7847”, 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 48 people
 of  $10,000
Ending Today!

My Story

Dearest Friends,

We have been so overwhelmed and often moved to tears by the amount of love, prayers, kind words, and generous support. We are beyond thankful and are confident that God will continue to provide for all of our needs.  

We do ask that you continue to pray for us!  As we prepare to take our first trip to visit, pray that that God would calm our nerves and anxiousness.  There’s so much to do before our trip and in preparation for Miles to come home –pray that we wouldn’t forget what’s most important.  Pray God would help us to bond with him in the future.  Lastly, pray that in the meantime as we wait in these last final months that we would grow in our love and support of each other!

We’ve been saving for an adoption since we were first married but realized it’s a bit more than we anticipated.  The estimate is that it will cost us about $40,000 – $54,000.  Friends have been asking us about this so we wanted to see if there was a tax-deductible way to give and we were able to find Lifesong – a Christian nonprofit dedicated to meeting the needs of orphan children around the world.

If you’re interested in supporting us in this way please note the details at the bottom of the page.

 

———————

OUR STORY:

About 10 years ago, through a sermon at church, my heart was stirred to adopt as I began to understand the generous love of God to not only unconditionally love someone who is prideful, rebellious and ungrateful like me, but to adopt me into His family as his daughter! Shortly after, in God’s perfect plan, He brought along Alton into my life who also shared this same conviction and desire to adopt :):)

A couple of years later, we got married and made plans for what our life would look like. We dreamed that we would enjoy marriage, get a dog, have 1 or 2 children and then adopt a couple of children thereafter. A few years into our marriage, we began trying to start our family. But as the months and years went by, there were no children. This long and lonely journey led to many tears, anger, confusion, shame and on top of that, the hurtful insensitive comments, constant questions from people hurt me more than I ever thought possible. With a growing desire, growing disappointment, and growing expectation of others to be at a certain place in life, this has been a silent heavy burden that we never expected to carry.

But God is gracious, He sustained us (and continues to) and carries this load so that even in times that we lose heart, He holds us. The Lord reminds us that He is ever-present with our ultimate good in mind. He teaches us that He is more than sufficient for our needs and that His plans are not our plans. Through it all, we knew God was leading us to adopt in this season of our lives.

We decided to pursue the international route and have been in this crazy process of never-ending paperwork and a lot of waiting for what feels like forever. We wanted to share that we were finally matched with a baby boy from South Korea! Lord willing, we’ll be able to bring him home by Fall of this year. We rejoice in God’s goodness to us and we’re excited to be this little guy’s parents❤️!

Although we can’t share too much information about him publicly, we wanted to share this news with all of you and ask for your prayers as we prepare for this next stage of our lives!

 

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 “To 7847”, 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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Trip #1

June 27, 2018

We received a court date in August!!! We’ll need to be in Korea to appear before the Korean court and this is also the trip where we’ll get to meet Miles.  Our second trip, hopefully the following month or 2 after our first trip – we’ll get to bring him home !

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$441

Shih Yu

Jul 16, 2018

“We're praying with / for you guys! Can't wait to one day meet Miles!”

$50

Rick

Jul 16, 2018

“Congrats guys!! Can’t wait to meet him!! - Rick & Sam”

$100

Alexi

Jul 15, 2018

“We can't wait for you to finally meet Miles and bring him home! Love, Alexi & Josh”

$200

Serena

Jul 14, 2018

$75

Emily

Jul 14, 2018

“Praying for you all, as you guys get ready to bring home the baby! :)”

$500

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Jul 14, 2018

$100

Helen

Jul 14, 2018

$200

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Jul 13, 2018

“So excited for what the Lord is doing in your family, PA and Charissa! Praying that everything will proceed smoothly in the next few months and Miles will be brought home.”

$50

Leig Fong

Jul 13, 2018

“May God richly bless you as you wait to adopt your baby boy. May your love reflect God's love for the unloved and lost children we once were before He adopted us into His family.”

$50

Leig Jung

Jul 13, 2018

“Praise God that you are adopting a son to show the love of Christ as an example of God's adoption of us into His family!”

$200

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Jul 13, 2018

“❤️”

$20

Eric

Jul 13, 2018

“God is good! Sorry we jumped on late, but we're so excited to see that the Lord has provided so abundantly! Can't wait to meet Miles. Congrats!”

$50

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Jul 13, 2018

$100

Steven

Jul 13, 2018

“Love you guys and praying for you all! Can't wait to meet the little guy <3”

$250

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Jul 12, 2018

“We are excited and praying for you!”

$350

sandra

Jul 12, 2018

“looking forward to meeting Master Miles :)”

$100

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Jul 12, 2018

“Alton and Charissa, we couldn’t be more happy for you two! We are praying for you and Miles! Let us know if there is any other way we can support you. Adoption is so unique in its joys and challenges. We are just a phone call (or FaceTime) away! 😊 We can’t wait to meet Miles one day soon! Love, Gavin, Lorraine, Brielle, and Joylyn”

$100

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Jul 12, 2018

$500

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Jul 12, 2018

$100

Team Quinn

Jul 12, 2018

“We are so excited!!!!”

$256

Alexandra

Jul 12, 2018

“So incredibly encouraged to watch you share your story, your heart for adoption and all the things that the Lord has been teaching you through the process. <3 Couldn't be more excited for you two as you bring Miles home and live out the Gospel for him!! Thank you for being a blessing (both of you) to so many over the years. :)”

$100

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Jul 11, 2018

$2,500

Stephen

Jul 7, 2018

“Bringing home Miles, can't wait to meet him. Hope this can help to cover some travel expenses for your multiple trips to Korea. I love you guys!”

$100

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Jul 5, 2018

“I am so excited for you both to embark on this new chapter of life!! I have no doubt you will both make excellent parents! You both have been nothing but welcoming to me since coming to BMC, and I see week after week the love you pour into the church. Thank you for being wonderful examples of what it looks like to chase after Jesus. I know Miles is being truly blessed with some of the most godly parents!!”

$75

Vincent

Jul 4, 2018

“Praying for you guys! We know it's a tough and arduous journey from our own experience, but the Lord is good and kind and we can't wait for you to bring Miles home!”

$100

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Jul 2, 2018

“Your story moved my heart so much. May God continue to bless you!”

$200

Walter and Annice

Jul 1, 2018

“Dear Charissa and Alton, We are full of joy for your growing family. Thank you for your faithful testimony through this entire journey. Miles is a blessed boy to have you as his parents and to be able to witness both your fervent love towards God and others. Looking forward to one day meeting him. Take care and God bless! Love, Walter and Annice”

$60

Allan

Jul 1, 2018

$100

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Jul 1, 2018

“Glory to God :)”

$300

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Jun 30, 2018

“Congratulations Alton and Charissa! We are so excited for you and are encouraged by your steadfastness in this process. Praying you will get to bring home Miles soon and be a family! Love y'all!”

$2,000

Amos & Emily

Jun 28, 2018

“We look forward to Miles' arrival!”

$100

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Jun 28, 2018

$50

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Jun 28, 2018

“Congratulations! Praying for the whole experience to be a blessing for your family, a blessing to everyone around you, and honoring to God!”

$100

Nadine and Derek

Jun 28, 2018

“Praying for you both and Miles! Love you! God is SO good!”

$400

Christine

Jun 28, 2018

“Praying for you guys! Can't wait to meet baby Miles!”

$20

Elizabeth

Jun 28, 2018

“xoxo”

$2,000

Jonathan

Jun 28, 2018

“We love you Miles and we're more than excited to meet you <3! Love, Auntie Jenn and Uncle Jon”

$500

Steven and Becca

Jun 28, 2018

“We are rejoicing with you guys about the great news and eagerly awaiting the arrival of Miles! God is so good! It's been such an encouragement seeing you guys go through this long process with such endurance. Thankful for you both--your friendship and example! Will be praying for you as the journey continues; love you guys!”

$250

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Jun 28, 2018

“Congrats! We are rejoicing with you both and cannot wait to meet Miles! :)”

$50

Grace

Jun 28, 2018

$103

Timothy

Jun 27, 2018

$300

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Jun 27, 2018

“We love you guys!! Can't wait for MILES! :) Love, David, Kim & Momo”

$350

Cheryl

Jun 27, 2018

$500

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Jun 27, 2018

$100

Ashley

Jun 27, 2018

“<3”

$50

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Jun 27, 2018

$1,000

Roger

Jun 27, 2018

“Praise God!”

$200

Arman

Jun 27, 2018