It’s Colombia with an O :)

Rebecca Ryder Ball Ground, Georgia

Our family felt an urging (again) just after Thanksgiving. It was unexpected but we knew the feeling. A young boy kept showing up on our emails, being advocated for to find a family. He had recently participated in our agency’s US Camp and he had the opportunity to visit the states.

After prayer, we decided to pursue him and renewed our home study. His file was locked for us in March and our dossier was approved in May. We are now waiting for his match and then on to the backside of immigration. We will be spending 3-4 weeks in Colombia by late summer. We are kindly asking others to partner with us and help with the remaining fees and travel funds. We have been awarded a $3000 matching grant from Small Bridges Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans and we are very thankful for the assistance!!

Our new guy is 11 and will be our 9th child and 3rd youngest. He has some physical special needs like 5 of his soon-to-be siblings. We are excited to welcome him into our family, he will be loved and treasured as the rest.


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 “Ryder 7689”, 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 11 people
 of  $5,000
Campaign Ended

My Story

Our family felt an urging (again) just after Thanksgiving. It was unexpected but we knew the feeling. A young boy kept showing up on our emails, being advocated for to find a family. He had recently participated in our agency’s US Camp and he had the opportunity to visit the states.

After prayer, we decided to pursue him and renewed our home study. His file was locked for us in March and our dossier was approved in May. We are now waiting for his match and then on to the backside of immigration. We will be spending 3-4 weeks in Colombia by late summer. We are kindly asking others to partner with us and help with the remaining fees and travel funds. We have been awarded a $3000 matching grant from Small Bridges Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans and we are very thankful for the assistance!!

Our new guy is 11 and will be our 9th child and 3rd youngest. He has some physical special needs like 5 of his soon-to-be siblings. We are excited to welcome him into our family, he will be loved and treasured as the rest.


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 “Ryder 7689”, 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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Leaving Monday!

August 2, 2018

We have had a whirlwind last week or so! We are set to leave Monday morning for Bogota and arrival late. We get D on Wednesday!! We have Skype twice and will Skype one more time Friday. What a sweet boy!

So very excited!

And we are also fully funded!! Just waiting for last donation to post, praise God!

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Immigration approval!

July 28, 2018

We have our immigration approval and our invoice number for the immigrant visa form!

We and many others have been affected by the online visa form system being down. We were given permission to do the form by paper instead. This allows us to receive our Article 5 by Friday setting us up to travel by Aug 6th!!

We have some more donations that will be added next week and we only need $2,500 to be fully funded! One week to go to raise funds.

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Visa applications done!

July 22, 2018

Today, we applied online for our entry visas to Colombia! We go for our interview on Aug 1st and they will print our visas then. The consulate is just a mile from Children’s. 

Early this week, we will have our immigration approval. We will have our Article 5 to travel within 2 weeks! We are guessing we leave on the 11th or 12th. 

We have just $2850 to go! Two more donations are going out this week and when Lifesong receives them, I can update the ticker!

Thank you everyone for helping us move closer to our goal!!

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Grant update

July 9, 2018

We are only $3700 away from being fully matched. We received an additional $2,000 towards the matching grant from Promise 686! Which means, if we raise ONLY $3,700 more we will receive a $10,000 grant to cover all our remaining expenses! Please share, pray, and even partner with us. I’ve attached the Mii we made of our soon-to-be son, it’s a pretty good likeness of him 🙂

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Filing Last Part of Immigration

July 5, 2018

I believe we will be filing our I-800 either Friday, July 6, or Monday, July 9. We received our matching letter and D’s updated file. His file has been translated and all his paperwork will arrive at Lifeline tomorrow, the 6th. We also mailed in a photo book, t-shirt, and World Cup stickers. He should be made known about us in about a week!!!

Thank you for all the help, prayers, donations, and support!

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MATCHED

June 28, 2018

We are MATCHED!! We anticipate traveling mid-August to adopt B! Thank you for your support!

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Praying this is the week!

May 28, 2018

We are really praying this week we get matched with D! His paperwork was supposed to be updated and mailed to Bogota for a Wednesday match. Our representative has been pressing for the update and hopefully, it was completed. We will post when we hear something!

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“Love you all!!”