Felix and I (Alison) have been married for 5 years. We come from 2 different countries (America and Germany), and met in a third country in South Asia. Shortly after getting married, we were eager to start a family, but quickly found out that modern medicine could not help us. This was hard news to say the least, as we had both always hoped for a big family. As we grieved and dealt with the reality of this news, we started to ask God for miracles.
We started the adoption process 3 years ago, and have had some bumps along the way (changed country, had trouble choosing how many children, etc), but we are happy to report that we have now been matched with a little 2 year boy from China! We've decided to give him the name Leonard (it means lion heart). He'll also keep his Chinese name (Zi Jie) as a middle name. He is our answer to prayer, our miracle!
We have already invested a lot of time and money into this adoption process, and now we are on the home stretch. This last step of the process (picking him up, paying governtment fees etc.) is one of the most expensive parts of the process so far. We need $15,000 in the next month to be able to complete our adoption, and we are inviting you to join us in the process. Lifesong for Orphans has generously offered us a $3,000 matching grant, so effecitvley we need to raise an additional $12,000 to help us bring Leonard home. Money donated here through this site will be used to pay our agancy fees which includes all the documentation to secure a legal adoption, and travel costs to get us to and from China.
God has used the last few years to invite us into deeper parts of His heart, and we expect that His trajectory is not changing. We are holding fast to His goodness and love as He grows our family in the way He sees fit. We are so happy to be able to invite Leonard into the family God is building!
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