Help Bring the Ruges Home!

Sigrid Ruge
Sigrid Ruge Denver, Colorado

After many years on the journey of adoption, we were selected in 2018 to adopt our son.  A few months later, we were on a plane traveling to Mwana Villages to meet him. Mwana Villages is a non-profit family and orphan care refuge in Republic of Congo. Their focus is on family preservation and reunification. When these options are not possible, they seek a family for adoption. Spending time bonding with our young son for that week was incredible, but heartbreaking to leave. We began to make a plan to relocate to Congo for the duration of our adoption. Adoption timelines are always unknown, but because of how far along we were already in the process, we were confident this would be one year or less. It was so joyful to be reunited with our son. He is smart, funny, loving and so brave. We are truly the lucky ones and thankful we trusted the Lord for this big move. 

 

We felt very prepared for life in Congo, but there is no way we could have imagined or prepared for a global pandemic and two months under strict quarantine. Even though by then our adoption was complete under Congolese law, because of COVID precautions and restrictions, our process with U.S. immigration came to a halt. We are so thankful that as of recently, our adoption immigration process has resumed. It is likely we will be able to travel home to the states in a matter of months. We are raising funds to help us with travel costs involved in coming home. Not only will we be flying from Congo to the United States, but the U.S. requires us to travel to a medical facility in the neighboring country Democratic Republic of Congo. This process is not quick or easy and it is also expensive. It will require air travel and a hotel stay. Thanks to the Lord we have been awarded a $5,000 matching grant from The 1:17 Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. This grant will match up to $5,000 and we will use this for our travel expenses. Additional donations will be used for adoption-related expenses.  Donations are tax-deductible. We are so thankful for any financial support and your prayers. 


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 “Ruge 09294”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, 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 53 people
 of  $5,000
66 days left

My Story

After many years on the journey of adoption, we were selected in 2018 to adopt our son.  A few months later, we were on a plane traveling to Mwana Villages to meet him. Mwana Villages is a non-profit family and orphan care refuge in Republic of Congo. Their focus is on family preservation and reunification. When these options are not possible, they seek a family for adoption. Spending time bonding with our young son for that week was incredible, but heartbreaking to leave. We began to make a plan to relocate to Congo for the duration of our adoption. Adoption timelines are always unknown, but because of how far along we were already in the process, we were confident this would be one year or less. It was so joyful to be reunited with our son. He is smart, funny, loving and so brave. We are truly the lucky ones and thankful we trusted the Lord for this big move. 

 

We felt very prepared for life in Congo, but there is no way we could have imagined or prepared for a global pandemic and two months under strict quarantine. Even though by then our adoption was complete under Congolese law, because of COVID precautions and restrictions, our process with U.S. immigration came to a halt. We are so thankful that as of recently, our adoption immigration process has resumed. It is likely we will be able to travel home to the states in a matter of months. We are raising funds to help us with travel costs involved in coming home. Not only will we be flying from Congo to the United States, but the U.S. requires us to travel to a medical facility in the neighboring country Democratic Republic of Congo. This process is not quick or easy and it is also expensive. It will require air travel and a hotel stay. Thanks to the Lord we have been awarded a $5,000 matching grant from The 1:17 Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. This grant will match up to $5,000 and we will use this for our travel expenses. Additional donations will be used for adoption-related expenses.  Donations are tax-deductible. We are so thankful for any financial support and your prayers. 


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 “Ruge 09294”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, 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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Comments

$50

John and Dee

Nov 14, 2020

“Good luck we can’t wait to see you all! Love ya, Dee and John”

$500

Nick & Courtney

Nov 13, 2020

“Great to talk to you guys yesterday. Can’t wait to do it again in person and meet the BIG guy!”

$1,500

Hidden

Nov 12, 2020

“Chase Peel told me about your situation; I hope you can get home soon.”

$100

Kim

Nov 11, 2020

$100

Zach

Nov 11, 2020

$500

Chase

Nov 11, 2020

$50

Kristen Morrison

Nov 10, 2020

“Love you all! We’re with you every step of the way!”

$500

Sean

Nov 9, 2020

“Can’t wait to see you guys! I really miss you.”

$200

Sharon

Nov 9, 2020

“We love you guys!! Can’t wait to see you and meet your new little one!”

$50

Krista

Nov 9, 2020

“All the best moving forward on this incredible (and unimaginably challenging) journey!”

$75

Celeste

Nov 9, 2020

“Bless your sweet family!”

$100

Katie

Nov 9, 2020

“Can’t wait to get you home!!”

$60

Joe

Nov 9, 2020

“Love you guys! Hi Oto!”

$35

Hidden

Nov 8, 2020

“Safe travels home. ❤️”

$25

Stephanie

Nov 8, 2020

“Safe travels, Sigrid, Dirk and Otto! The Cox Family Waukee, Iowa”

$200

Erika

Nov 7, 2020

$50

Kim

Nov 7, 2020

“Sigrid - Hope you and Dirk and Oto get home soon and get home safely! Thinking of you all!”

$50

Lyndsey

Nov 6, 2020

“So excited for you guys!💙💙”

$50

SueAnn

Nov 6, 2020

“Sending so much love to you guys and your beautiful growing family! <3”

$30

Daniel

Nov 6, 2020

$50

Andrea

Nov 5, 2020

“So happy for you! ❤️”

$100

Eric

Nov 5, 2020

“Wishing you well. Love you both”

$1,000

Deborah

Nov 5, 2020

“Love you guys! Can’t wait to meet your sweet son! ❤️❤️❤️”

$100

Hidden

Nov 5, 2020

“Congratulations! Praying over your family and new son!”

$500

Steven

Nov 5, 2020

“HappyHappyHappy 4 you Steve & Carol Pederson”

$50

Brooke

Nov 5, 2020

“Sending love to your beautiful family❤”

$100

Leah

Nov 5, 2020

$100

Carole

Nov 5, 2020

“So thrilled for you guys.can’t wait for you to be able to bring precious Otto home!! We saw a V formation of flying geese today above the river. It reminded us of your beautiful wedding!! It was a sign!! You are coming home!! Love you and bless you. Carole and Mike”

$100

Eric

Nov 5, 2020

“Amy and I are so happy for your family!”

$100

Laquisha

Nov 5, 2020

$50

Hidden

Nov 5, 2020

“We are so happy for you!”

$25

Katelyn

Nov 5, 2020

“Sending hugs to your beautiful family!! Safe travels, and congratulations!!”

$25

Tina

Nov 5, 2020

“So happy you were able to get to your baby. Best wishes getting back home!”

$100

Colin Ana Jaime

Nov 5, 2020

“Cant wait for you guys to get Sate side!”

$50

Julie

Nov 5, 2020

“Can't wait to see you and meet Otto!”

$200

Mike & Abby Larson

Nov 5, 2020

“We love you! Beau can’t wait for his bestie buddy Oto to be here!”

$100

Megan

Nov 5, 2020

“We wish you all the best in this journey.”

$50

Hidden

Nov 5, 2020

“I wish your family all the best.”

$750

Molly

Nov 5, 2020

“Congratulations!! We hope this helps. And we are so excited for you. You are one of the teachers that has had an amazing impact on Cassidy throughout her school years. Thank you for all you did for her.”

$50

Melissa

Nov 5, 2020

$100

Jessica

Nov 5, 2020

“Safe travels you guys! <3”

$50

Hidden

Nov 5, 2020

“Praying for y'all! Love, Shelby (from The Embassy)”

$100

Charles

Nov 5, 2020

$100

Mike

Nov 5, 2020

“Good luck on your journey home and safe travels”

$25

Jean

Nov 5, 2020

“Beautiful!”

$50

Erin

Nov 5, 2020

$50

Karrey

Nov 5, 2020

“Looking forward to seeing all of you soon....”

$50

Melissa

Nov 5, 2020

“Blessings.”

$25

Amanda

Nov 5, 2020

$1,000

Jennifer

Nov 5, 2020

“Brian and I could not be more excited for you guys! Get home so we can come and meet him in person!! God bless you guys and safe travels.”

$200

Monica

Nov 5, 2020

“You guys are amazing! I Cant wait to meet Oto:)”

$100

Hidden

Nov 5, 2020

“Congratulations! Safe travels.”

$50

Hidden

Nov 5, 2020