Hi from the Johns family!
We are Brandon, Mary Elizabeth, Hudson and Asher Johns and we thank you so much for stopping by for our story. We are extremely excited to begin our adoption journey. Here's a little about us and our story.
Adoption is something that we (Brandon and Mary Elizabeth) have discussed even in our dating years. After getting married and having 2 awesome boys, the idea of adoption was pushed to the backburner (at least for Brandon). Through prayer, God never took away the desire to adopt from Mary Elizabeth and on our 13th anniversary, God really renewed the idea in both our lives. A little while later, we began to look at agencies, all the while intending to adopt domestically.
Again, through prayer, God stirred in both our hearts the desire to adopt internationally. Neither one of us would mention a country to the other, as we waited for God to lead us to the same one. He did, of course, and our hearts were turned to Colombia. We have joined with an agency and are working to finalize our home study today.
Adoption can be expensive, and ours will be $40000. We have been given a $4000 match grant funded by Lifesong for orphans and another $4000 matching grant funded by Hope that Binds. We are so thankful for both these matching grant and are hoping to raise enough money to match both these grants and more! We are thankful for anything you choose to give and know we can't do it without you!
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 “Johns 09925”, 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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