Through the brokenness of infertility God has taken us on an incredible journey. We had no idea what we were getting into 5 years ago when we began our first adoption journey but God was at work to sanctify us and work in our hearts and lives in amazing ways! God used our first adoption of our daughter Wren to open our eyes to a world we had been so protected from. A world where brokenness and pain existed a lot more than we could have ever imagined.
God burdened our heart for the broken during this time and gave us a passion for adoption and for helping those from hard places. We moved from central Illinois to Leo Indiana after adopting our daughter to work with teens from hard places at Gateway Woods Family Services. When we felt it was time to grow our family again we began to pray about another infant adoption. God showed us His plan for our family and instead of doing infant adoption we welcomed a little 18month old boy into our family through foster care. The next year and half was full of ups and downs and God stretched us farther than we desired at times. We are so thankful to have been able to finalize our son Nile's adoption on November 15th 2018!
In the fall of 2018 we were considering a job opportunity that would require me (Karla) to work full time and Jesse to be at home with the kids. Through prayerfully considering this option and how it would affect our family and our future we felt God was showing us that building our family was to be our priority right now which meant I would not pursue the job. After feeling a peace about adoption yet again and a desire to love another child we plunged head first into the adoption process.
As always the process has been and is full of anxieties, fears, doubts, excitement, hope and a lot of trust that God has a plan for our family! We are excited to be on this journey again and are excited and somewhat apprehensive to see how God will grow us and provide for us as only He can.
With the knowledge that adoption costs on average $25,000-$35,000 and a recognition that we will not have the financial resources to cover these costs we began researching fundraising options and discovered Lifesong! We are so excited to get to announce that we have been awarded a matching grant of $2,500 from The Creek Church, a partner of Lifesong for Orphans. That means when you donate through Lifesong your dollar will be matched up to $2,500!
We pray that you will consider giving financially to help bring home the little child God has planned for our family. We also ask for your help in covering this process in prayer. Adoption is full of loss and grief for all parties involved and our prayer is that God will be present and His mercy will shine brightest through it all.
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 “Zimmerman 8206″, 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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