It’s Time

Andrew and Anna Segre
Andrew and Anna Segre Fredericksburg, Virginia

 

THE JOURNEY BEGINS

Before Anna and I knew each other we both knew that we would adopt a child one day.

Reading passages like James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” and realizing how God has adopted us into His family as dearly loved children, we knew we were called to support adoption (pray for, give toward, support others), but also to one day bring a child into our home through adoption.

To be honest, we discussed adoption when we were dating, during the time we were engaged, and on and off for the past 10 years of marriage.  Last year as we were approaching our 10-year anniversary we were talking about adoption and how we knew God had called us to it, how we had always believed it was going to be a little girl, and how our “one day we were going to start the process” had now been over 10 years.  We could almost hear God say as we were talking, “Will it always be ‘one day’? Or will you jump in by faith into what I have called you to?”

It was time.

Why would we wait another minute?

So last year in August we began the process with America World Adoption Agency (AWAA) to adopt a child internationally. After lots of prayer and going through some of the initial steps, India came on the radar and we knew it was going to be a little girl.

After almost a year of paperwork, psych exams (Anna did pass FYI ;)), physical exams, social worker visits, interviews, and hours of courses and tests, we have now accepted a referral and have officially been matched with a child!

She is 8 months old, and she is beautiful. 

We have just been praising God for how faithful He’s been so far. We have a video and a few pictures of her (we can’t share them yet). To say we are excited and ready to bring her home would be an understatement.

As we hit this point of the adoption process, we are asking for two things from those of you who have known us over the years and even those reading this who have no idea who we are:

1.     Pray.  Our daughter has a few medical needs, and again we are so ready to bring her home and start caring for her.  Pray that the 812 month timeline we’ve been given will be reduced and that she will be safe and cared for while still in the orphanage in India. Pray that we will be diligent in completing the next round of paperwork and necessary steps. Pray for strength for us as we race toward the finish line.

2.     Give. As we get closer to the end of this process, we are looking to raise about $14,000.  God has been faithful, but now the largest chunk of money is due to our adoption agency in the next couple of months to finalize the process. Your gift is of course tax deductible. Lifesong for Orphans has awarded us a matching grant. If you give using the instructions below they will match up to $4500*!

Thank you for taking the time to read this. We are so grateful we get to see God fulfill what He birthed in our hearts over 10 years ago.  Would you join us? Help us make a difference in this child’s life…because it’s time. Why wait another minute?

*Any additional donations above $4,500 will not be matched but will still go to our adoption fund. This fund is open to donations until the time we finalize our adoption.


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 “Segre 7586”, 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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My Story

 

THE JOURNEY BEGINS

Before Anna and I knew each other we both knew that we would adopt a child one day.

Reading passages like James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” and realizing how God has adopted us into His family as dearly loved children, we knew we were called to support adoption (pray for, give toward, support others), but also to one day bring a child into our home through adoption.

To be honest, we discussed adoption when we were dating, during the time we were engaged, and on and off for the past 10 years of marriage.  Last year as we were approaching our 10-year anniversary we were talking about adoption and how we knew God had called us to it, how we had always believed it was going to be a little girl, and how our “one day we were going to start the process” had now been over 10 years.  We could almost hear God say as we were talking, “Will it always be ‘one day’? Or will you jump in by faith into what I have called you to?”

It was time.

Why would we wait another minute?

So last year in August we began the process with America World Adoption Agency (AWAA) to adopt a child internationally. After lots of prayer and going through some of the initial steps, India came on the radar and we knew it was going to be a little girl.

After almost a year of paperwork, psych exams (Anna did pass FYI ;)), physical exams, social worker visits, interviews, and hours of courses and tests, we have now accepted a referral and have officially been matched with a child!

She is 8 months old, and she is beautiful. 

We have just been praising God for how faithful He’s been so far. We have a video and a few pictures of her (we can’t share them yet). To say we are excited and ready to bring her home would be an understatement.

As we hit this point of the adoption process, we are asking for two things from those of you who have known us over the years and even those reading this who have no idea who we are:

1.     Pray.  Our daughter has a few medical needs, and again we are so ready to bring her home and start caring for her.  Pray that the 812 month timeline we’ve been given will be reduced and that she will be safe and cared for while still in the orphanage in India. Pray that we will be diligent in completing the next round of paperwork and necessary steps. Pray for strength for us as we race toward the finish line.

2.     Give. As we get closer to the end of this process, we are looking to raise about $14,000.  God has been faithful, but now the largest chunk of money is due to our adoption agency in the next couple of months to finalize the process. Your gift is of course tax deductible. Lifesong for Orphans has awarded us a matching grant. If you give using the instructions below they will match up to $4500*!

Thank you for taking the time to read this. We are so grateful we get to see God fulfill what He birthed in our hearts over 10 years ago.  Would you join us? Help us make a difference in this child’s life…because it’s time. Why wait another minute?

*Any additional donations above $4,500 will not be matched but will still go to our adoption fund. This fund is open to donations until the time we finalize our adoption.


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 “Segre 7586”, 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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We are going!

January 13, 2019

Adoption Update // 

 

As many of you know we have entered into the final stretch of our adoption journey. We got word just last week that we have a travel date and are heading to India to finally bring our daughter home!  We cannot be more excited as we have seen how God has worked everything out.  We are packing right now and getting ready to make the 48-hour journey to India where we will be there for three weeks in country finalizing her adoption.  

 

As we get ready to make this journey, we are also looking to complete our fundraising and raise and additional $5000 to cover our remaining travel expenses.  As we look to put together this last piece of our family, we are doing a puzzle fundraiser.  This is a 250-piece puzzle and we are asking for people to “purchase” a piece for $20 each. You can purchase more than one piece, and for each piece you purchase we are going to write your family’s name on the back as you are literally helping us to put our family together.  

 

To purchase a piece (or 10) make a donation in multiples of $20 right here at our Lifesong Adoption funding page here: https://mystory.lifesongfororphans.org/stories/its-time/

 

Thank you for supporting us and taking the time to read this.  More than anything we also want to ask you to pray for God’s grace, peace, and perseverance as we complete this process.  

 

 

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India Has Mail!!

August 26, 2018

We’ve posted a video with some adoption updates and prayer requests. Thank you for your support and prayers!

 

Anna and Andrew

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$20

Brandy

Feb 17, 2019

“Here's one more piece of the puzzle! Congratulations to your beautiful family. I'm so glad to see Karis is home!”

$40

Robert & Kathleen

Feb 9, 2019

“Praising God with you and for your family and the precious new addition.”

$20

Tiffany

Feb 9, 2019

“The Kibler Family loves being a part of you’re life long family story and we are so happy for you!!! Can’t wait to see the entire family together!!! ❤️😍❤️”

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Feb 8, 2019

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Feb 7, 2019

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Feb 7, 2019

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Feb 7, 2019

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Feb 7, 2019

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Matthew

Jan 29, 2019

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Jan 26, 2019

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Jan 21, 2019

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Jan 19, 2019

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Jan 19, 2019

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Jan 19, 2019

“Much love and prayers for every "piece" to be in place!”

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Mack

Jan 18, 2019

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Bryan and donna

Jan 18, 2019

“We are so excited for this amazing step you are taking. Welcome to the family of adoption!”

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Jerry & Deb

Jan 18, 2019

“I wished it could be more.. we are so happy for you guys and your new daughter!! We are praying for you all the way... Love you guys!!!!”

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Chris

Jan 18, 2019

“Congratulations to you and the additional beauty to your family.”

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Becky

Jan 18, 2019

“This has been an amazing journey to watch. Best of luck to you and your family as you change this little girl's life forever!”

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Andrew

Jan 18, 2019

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Jan 18, 2019

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Jan 16, 2019

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Jan 16, 2019

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Jan 16, 2019

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Jan 15, 2019

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Jan 15, 2019

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Jan 14, 2019

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Jan 14, 2019

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Jan 14, 2019

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Jan 14, 2019

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Jan 14, 2019

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Jan 14, 2019

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$100

Nicole

Jan 14, 2019

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Jan 14, 2019

“We are so happy that you all can finally bring home your little girl! We can't wait to meet her and we are continually praying for you!”

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Jan 14, 2019

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Jan 14, 2019

“We're praying for you as you head to India to bring home your baby girl!!”

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Jan 14, 2019

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Jan 14, 2019

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Jan 14, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Jan 13, 2019

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Dec 2, 2018

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Nov 23, 2018

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Oct 8, 2018

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Sep 27, 2018

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Sep 10, 2018

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Sep 10, 2018

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Kristen

Aug 11, 2018

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Aug 11, 2018

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Aug 7, 2018

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Jul 31, 2018

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Jul 28, 2018

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Jul 21, 2018

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Jul 21, 2018

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Jul 15, 2018

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Jul 14, 2018

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Jul 14, 2018

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Jul 13, 2018

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Jul 12, 2018

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Jul 12, 2018

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Jul 8, 2018

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Jul 8, 2018

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Jul 6, 2018

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Jul 6, 2018

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Michelle

Jul 6, 2018

“So excited for your family!”

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Isaac and Brandy

Jul 6, 2018

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