When Chris and I started dating in 2005 he told me of his desire to adopt. I told him that I was open to the possibility, but it would take over a decade for us to get to the point that we both felt ready to move forward.
On January 1, 2016, as our four children slept nearby, Chris and I watch a documentary called The Drop Box, which chronicles the story of a pastor in South Korea who had worked to provide a safe place for women who could not keep their babies to leave them. It was during this movie that the Spirit really began to move in my heart. These sweet, precious ones, that the Lord cared deeply about, needed families to love and cherish them!
After two years of prayer and preparation, we were accepted into America World Adoption's China program. Over the last several months we have worked hard to complete our homestudy and all the other necessary paperwork to send to China. Now we wait for our match. We don't yet know the name or face of this child, but we know that God does!
The average estimated cost of an adoption from China is $30,000. This number has been very daunting at times, but God has shown us His faithfulness time after time over the last year. Our home church, Patterson Park, has graciously given us a $5,000 matching grant though Lifesong for Orphans. We are praying that God would move in a big way and that we would be able to raise $15,000 to cover approximately half of the total cost. In addition to financial support, we also covet your prayers and we continue to be stretched in our faith through this process.
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 “Hill 7900”, 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.
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