We are so excited to grow our family through adoption! Even since early in our marriage, we have wanted to adopt. Ben grew up with several cousins who were adopted, and Sophie was introduced to children who were adopted through families at church. At our current church, there are several families with children who were adopted, and we’ve learned so much seeing these parents love and care for their kids. When our son, James, turned one, we began to try to have a second child and entered into a difficult period of infertility.
This struggle pushed us to research and pray about adoption more, and God began to grow our heart for adoption and lead us to start this journey. We believe that God has adopted us into his eternal family through Jesus, and we long to show the same kind of unconditional, selfless love to a child through adoption. Every step we’ve taken on this adoption journey, God has confirmed that this is his plan for us, and we are so joyful when we think about the little baby that God has for us to love.
We’re so thankful for all of our family and friends who have encouraged us along this journey, and we hope that you’ll continue to pray for us. At this point, we have completed our home study and are active with several adoption agencies, pursuing a newborn adoption in the United States. We’re currently presenting our profile to expectant mothers, and we’re very hopeful that we’ll be matched soon. As you may know, adoption can be very expensive. We expect the total cost of our adoption to be $45,000–$50,000, including agency fees, legal fees, medical expenses, travel, and other necessary expenses, and we won’t be able to finance it all ourselves without the support of friends and family.
We’re very thankful to have already been given several generous gifts from our church, friends, and family, and Lifesong + Sojourn East Adoption Funds, administered by Lifesong for Orphans, also provided us with a $3,500 matching grant. Every penny you give toward our $35,000 goal will go directly toward bringing our baby home. Whether God leads you to support us financially or not, we hope that you’ll pray for us as we trust God, who we know is faithful to grow our family in his own timing.
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 “Hussung 09189”, 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.
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