Caring for orphans became a priority for each of us in our early adult years, before we met and married. We came to believe that to live in obedience to the Lord meant to care for orphans.
Soon after we married, we became foster parents. Each of the children that came into our home showed us the importance of consistency and permanence for their growth and security. While we are thankful to be a part of their lives when they need us, we also rejoice when they are reunited with family. Being involved in the foster care system was hard and challenged us to grow as parents. Through our foster journey, we began to feel the Lord burden us to be a permanent home for a child who needs one.
We had our daughter, Elliot, in August of 2018. As soon as we found out that we were expecting, we knew that the Lord was providing us a helper in the orphan care ministry of our home. Having a biological child was the spark that God used to propel us forward in the dreams and desires He had been growing in our hearts for years. We began to pray that God would provide and lead us as we moved forward in adoption and researched what resources and opportunities are available.
We requested information from multiple agencies about different programs: private adoption, adoption through foster care, and international adoption. We were willing to consider different options. One agency contacted us directly and suggested that we look at their South Korea program. The representative who reached out to us believed our family to be a perfect fit for the program and encouraged us to apply as soon as possible. We were approved 2 weeks later.
Phillip and I have seen God direct and provide in each step of our adoption journey. We believe that the Lord has used people and circumstances in our lives to grow our desire to adopt; and He has used Scripture to affirm that desire and set the calling on our hearts. We are privileged and eager to obey.
We have been awarded a $4000 matching grant from Karis Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans! This means that every dollar (up to $4000) we raise will be doubled!
Thank you for joining us in this journey! We appreciate your support, prayers, and encouragement more than you know!
the Ford family
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 “Ford 08941”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.
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