Because He First Adopted Us

Amanda Kelley
Amanda Kelley Newnan, Georgia

Our Story…

We have talked about adoption since we were dating and have prayed often throughout our marriage about the timing of this pursuit, wondering when God would reveal His timing between our terms in Chad. Knowing that God in His great love has chosen to call us into His forever family, He has given us His heart for adoption. We love because He first loved us, and we adopt because He first adopted us.

In the Fall of 2020, in the middle of a year of so much loss, God brought joy in confirming the time to move forward with adoption. As we researched and prayed about adoption from Africa, we saw a picture of a precious little boy in Nigeria waiting to be adopted. We jumped into the process of adopting him in November of 2020. We look forward to knowing more information about him soon and being able to share more about him with our friends and family.

Our Timeline...

The boys found out in November they would have another brother by unwrapping another adventure backpack (just like they each already have!) because an adoption journey is an adventure in trusting God, and He has been so faithful. (Pics of sharing with the boys included)

We completed our Home Study in December.  In January we completed our dossier and got our I-600A off to USCIS for approval.

We chose a day based on our best math and a police report we have to celebrate little brother's birthday in February and got confirmation THAT DAY that all of our paperwork had arrived in Nigeria. (Pics of our birthday celebration with Nigerian food included)

Our next step is being officially matched with this little boy with the Nigerian ministry. We wait with joy and hope to hear this news officially soon.

God fills emptiness with Himself and rejoices in forming families. We watch expectantly to see how Jesus will provide in His kindness for what He has called our family to do in opening our hearts forever to another son and brother.

We have already felt the love and support of so many of you in this process! Thank you! We have been awarded a $5,000 matching grant from Fort Bend Community Church Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. If you feel led to support financially, this matching grant will help us a tremendous amount in bringing home a little brother! We praise God for each of you on this journey with us through support and prayers as God forms our famly in this way.


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 “Kelley 09501”, 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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 of  $50,000
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My Story

Our Story…

We have talked about adoption since we were dating and have prayed often throughout our marriage about the timing of this pursuit, wondering when God would reveal His timing between our terms in Chad. Knowing that God in His great love has chosen to call us into His forever family, He has given us His heart for adoption. We love because He first loved us, and we adopt because He first adopted us.

In the Fall of 2020, in the middle of a year of so much loss, God brought joy in confirming the time to move forward with adoption. As we researched and prayed about adoption from Africa, we saw a picture of a precious little boy in Nigeria waiting to be adopted. We jumped into the process of adopting him in November of 2020. We look forward to knowing more information about him soon and being able to share more about him with our friends and family.

Our Timeline...

The boys found out in November they would have another brother by unwrapping another adventure backpack (just like they each already have!) because an adoption journey is an adventure in trusting God, and He has been so faithful. (Pics of sharing with the boys included)

We completed our Home Study in December.  In January we completed our dossier and got our I-600A off to USCIS for approval.

We chose a day based on our best math and a police report we have to celebrate little brother's birthday in February and got confirmation THAT DAY that all of our paperwork had arrived in Nigeria. (Pics of our birthday celebration with Nigerian food included)

Our next step is being officially matched with this little boy with the Nigerian ministry. We wait with joy and hope to hear this news officially soon.

God fills emptiness with Himself and rejoices in forming families. We watch expectantly to see how Jesus will provide in His kindness for what He has called our family to do in opening our hearts forever to another son and brother.

We have already felt the love and support of so many of you in this process! Thank you! We have been awarded a $5,000 matching grant from Fort Bend Community Church Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. If you feel led to support financially, this matching grant will help us a tremendous amount in bringing home a little brother! We praise God for each of you on this journey with us through support and prayers as God forms our famly in this way.


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 “Kelley 09501”, 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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Comments

$75

Hidden

Jan 28, 2022

“Praying for you all and so excited as you begin this adventure with your sweet new “little bro” :)”

$220

Richard

Jan 19, 2022

“We love you all and are praying for your time with A!!”

$200

Chris and Leah

Jan 19, 2022

“Love ya'll!”

$500

Resonate

Jan 18, 2022

“We love you guys and are excited to be part of God's work through you!”

$1,000

Karie

Jan 14, 2022

$50

Anna

Jan 14, 2022

$100

Sarah

Jan 14, 2022

“Love you guys and praying for you often!!!!!!!!”

$40

Kelsey

Jan 12, 2022

“Love you guys!! Praying for your adoption!!”

$512

Greg & Melanie

Jan 12, 2022

“We love you guys and love how you love the Lord! May God bless you as you disciple ALL of you children!”

$250

Corinne

Jan 8, 2022

“So incredibly excited for the journey your family is on. Congratulations on the sweet boy joining your family. Sending prayers and love.”

$100

Amber

Jan 8, 2022

“You have our prayers and our joy for this adoption!”

$100

Hidden

Jan 7, 2022

$100

Dawna

Dec 31, 2021

“My God’s love travel with you always and your blessing be many”

$250

Joanna

Dec 31, 2021

“Praying all goes well and can't wait to meet your new son!”

$250

Daniel

Dec 28, 2021

“Praying for you guys. Sorry to hear about the delay, but trusting God with it all!”

$1,000

Shane

Dec 4, 2021

“Merry Christmas, Kelly Family! We are praying for God to guide and ease this adoption journey.”

$500

Jeremy

Nov 22, 2021

$350

Jonathan & Emily

Nov 17, 2021

$150

Johnna & Lance

Nov 3, 2021

“God bless you and your sweet, growing family! Praying for the day you are all together.”

$5,000

Sarah

Nov 1, 2021

“I’m sorry we are late to join, but we are excited to see you bring your boy home. We love you!”

$2,000

Whitney

Aug 26, 2021

“We are so excited for y’all’s adoption! We are praying for you guys and your boys. We are excited to watch God continue to work through your family.”

$5,000

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May 27, 2021

$15,000

Offline Donation

May 27, 2021

$500

Hidden

May 10, 2021

“Love you guys so much and so excited for this new chapter!!”

$1,000

Annie

Apr 27, 2021

“You are seen and you are loved! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your story.”

$2,500

Hidden

Apr 26, 2021

“We can’t wait to see the Lord bring to fruition what He has planned in & through your family since the beginning. So much love & so many prayers for baby Kelley #4 and your precious growing family.”

$500

Jerry and Christi

Apr 10, 2021

“We love you and are praying for this precious little addition to our family!”

$2,000

Hidden

Apr 8, 2021

“How precious and exciting for God choosing this precious boy to be placed in ‘The Kelley’ family on this earthly journey! Such Blessings BOTH ways! Blessings on your family and Blessings on this precious little one! Lifting Prayers as you await this new bundle and prayers for the family as you settle in your new home. Showers of His Blessings in every detail ✝️❤️”

$200

Becky

Apr 4, 2021

“We are so very excited and can hardly wait to meet our new little Kelley boy! Praying for all of you during this time of waiting. Love you all!”

$500

Morgan

Mar 31, 2021

“We hope this blesses you and your family as you seek to adopt this little one!”

$100

Cody

Mar 27, 2021

$100

Wendy

Mar 27, 2021

“❤”

$500

Hidden

Mar 27, 2021

“Praying for you to bring your little boy home soon!😊💗🙏”

$100

Gloria

Mar 26, 2021

“Adoption is so special. Gods riches blessings on you all. The Goodwins”

$1,500

Karie

Mar 26, 2021

“❤️”