Help Bring Home the Harneds! – Sibling Adoption from DRC

Celeste Harned
Celeste Harned Paducah, Kentucky

 

For years, God has been leading our family to adopt siblings. We fully expected to have a few more years to prepare but you know what they say, “Man plans and God laughs!

In April of 2017, we were shown a photo of a beautiful brother and sister in an orphanage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The more we learned about them and prayed over them, the more God made it clear that they are our children.

To say we were overwhelmed would be an understatement! We had found our kids but the cost and uncertainty of adoption terrified us.

We asked God to tell us what to do and we would be obedient. He spoke loud and clear, “Pursue your children and I will provide.”

The cost estimates from our agency were overwhelming (especially as a small business family), but we trusted God’s promise and immediately began the adoption process.

Delay after delay has hit our adoption proceedings. With each delay, the costs have kept rising.

Through God’s provision, we have been able to make all of the necessary payments thus far. Sometimes He has provided through donations and fundraisers. Sometimes He has given us extra shifts at work or a huge sale when we needed to make a big purchase. And now He has blessed us with an adoption grant!

We are so excited to announce that we have been awarded a $2,500 matching grant through Hope That Binds!

Hope That Binds is a non-profit organization that works to support adoptive families in Western Kentucky. We’ve been fans of their work (and t-shirts) for a long time and are so honored to be the recipient of one of their grants!

In order to receive the full $2,500 of our HTB grant, we must raise a matching $2,500.

An easy way to help us reach that goal is by making a donation on this page.

100% of your donation will be used to help cover the remaining expenses of our adoption, from on-going foster care fees while the children are still in DRC to the immigration process and travel expenses to bring our children home.

On behalf of all SIX Harneds, thank you for your prayers and support of this fundraiser!

There truly are not words to express our gratitude for your role in helping us bring our children home.

For updates on our adoption journey and to read the entire story of how God called us to adoption, please visit Celeste’s blog: www.celesteharned.com

Please note: We are not sharing identifying photos of our children until they are home. That’s why we add sunglasses in their photos. 😉


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 “Harned 7950”, 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.

  • 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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Raised to date by 7 people
 of  $2,500
48 days left

My Story

 

For years, God has been leading our family to adopt siblings. We fully expected to have a few more years to prepare but you know what they say, “Man plans and God laughs!

In April of 2017, we were shown a photo of a beautiful brother and sister in an orphanage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The more we learned about them and prayed over them, the more God made it clear that they are our children.

To say we were overwhelmed would be an understatement! We had found our kids but the cost and uncertainty of adoption terrified us.

We asked God to tell us what to do and we would be obedient. He spoke loud and clear, “Pursue your children and I will provide.”

The cost estimates from our agency were overwhelming (especially as a small business family), but we trusted God’s promise and immediately began the adoption process.

Delay after delay has hit our adoption proceedings. With each delay, the costs have kept rising.

Through God’s provision, we have been able to make all of the necessary payments thus far. Sometimes He has provided through donations and fundraisers. Sometimes He has given us extra shifts at work or a huge sale when we needed to make a big purchase. And now He has blessed us with an adoption grant!

We are so excited to announce that we have been awarded a $2,500 matching grant through Hope That Binds!

Hope That Binds is a non-profit organization that works to support adoptive families in Western Kentucky. We’ve been fans of their work (and t-shirts) for a long time and are so honored to be the recipient of one of their grants!

In order to receive the full $2,500 of our HTB grant, we must raise a matching $2,500.

An easy way to help us reach that goal is by making a donation on this page.

100% of your donation will be used to help cover the remaining expenses of our adoption, from on-going foster care fees while the children are still in DRC to the immigration process and travel expenses to bring our children home.

On behalf of all SIX Harneds, thank you for your prayers and support of this fundraiser!

There truly are not words to express our gratitude for your role in helping us bring our children home.

For updates on our adoption journey and to read the entire story of how God called us to adoption, please visit Celeste’s blog: www.celesteharned.com

Please note: We are not sharing identifying photos of our children until they are home. That’s why we add sunglasses in their photos. 😉


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 “Harned 7950”, 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.

  • 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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Dec 2, 2018

“May your family be blessed this Christmas season and peace be in your hearts as you await more news of your adoption. With love, Denise, Todd, Nathan and Henry”

$40

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Nov 27, 2018

“Waiting for the day you can welcome them home into your arms!”

$250

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Nov 5, 2018

$100

Stephanie

Oct 25, 2018

“Praying every dollar is matched friend.”

$50

Gary and Colette

Oct 15, 2018

“Hoping every little bit helps. Your family is in our prayers. Gary and Colette Gravois”

$50

Jancey

Oct 13, 2018

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Oct 13, 2018