The Johnston Family Adoption

Brandon Johnston Bremerton, Washington

“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!” (Psalm 31:24). God’s words and promises are the themes of our adoption story. We have been married since 2008 and God’s faithfulness has been our song. We started trying to have children in 2014, but to no avail. In 2015 Brandon met with a local urologist for testing to look into why we could not conceive. The after months of appointments and even some invasive surgeries, the doctor left us with a response of “I simply do not know why. I can’t help you further. You will need to see a specialist.”

We were saddened by a lack of response and the haunting of the unknown. We had such a great desire to have children and were not able to, but the worst part was we did not know why. It was during this season that God was teaching both of us what it meant for us to wait on the LORD. We continued in prayer and during this season Brandon was committed to learning what God has in store for our family. He read all the Psalms each month and through this kept seeing God’s repeating pattern of calling His people to wait on Him. God was doing a work in both of our hearts that He has plans to bless us and work for our good, but in this season, was calling us to wait on Him.

Then one day, Brandon approached Crystal and simply said “I believe God is calling us to adopt.” At the time, Crystal was still looking for closure to the question regarding why we could not conceive. We made an appointment with a Specialist at University of Washington to help get some answers. Within 10 minutes of meeting with the doctor, he told Brandon that he believe he was born with a rare disease called Congential Bilateral Absence of the Vas Deferens, which prevented us from conceiving. This was the closure that Crystal needed and also the comfort and confirmation for what God was calling us to. As Crystal said “Through this He was calling us to begin the beautiful journey of adoption. Adoption had always been on our hearts as something down the road for us, but during our waiting, God was preparing us to make adoption our primary choice. We have always felt adoption is a beautiful narrative of bringing an outsider in and making them family, as God has done for us through Jesus. Jesus was made an outsider on our behalf so that we could be brought into God’s family and just as God has chosen us to be in His family, we will choose this child to be part of our family.”

Unfortunately, in March of 2020 our adoption agency closed their offices. In May of 2020 we became fully certified with our new agency, Lifetime Adoption to be able to move forward with our pursuit of growing our family.

We continue to wait on the LORD, to see what chapters he has written for our life, but are very eager to flip forward to the pages where we bring our child home. We are so thankful for the friends and family that have encouraged and supported us. We invite you to contiune your support and encouragement in a few ways:

1) Prayer: Pray that God would continue to reveal is good and glorious will for our lives, that he would protect and keep healthy our child(ren), and that he would meet our emotional, spiritual, and practical needs as we walk through our adoption journey.

2) Letters of Encouragement: As silly as it sounds, your words of encouragement and prayer mean so much to us. We actually keep a box full of encouraging letters in our home and look back upon them when we are discouraged to be reminded of God’s faithfulness and care he provides through friends and family.

3) Financial Support: Adoption is expensive but we are trusting in God’s provisions for our lives. We invite you to participate in this story through financial support as well. Cash/check donations can be mailed to Lifesong for Orphans or online donations may be received through Lifesong for Orphans website. There is more information about financial support options towards the bottom of this page.

 Thank you for loving us and being a great support to what God is doing in our lives.

Love,
Brandon & Crystal Johnston

Financial Support Information

Checks or Cash:
– Make checks payable to “Lifesong For Orphans”
– In the memo line, note “Johnston/7158”. This will ensure your donation gets applied to our account.
– Mail cash or checks to Lifesong For Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.
– 100% of cash or check donations go directly to the adoption fund

Online Donations:
-Click DONATE NOW above!


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 “Johnston 7158”, 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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 of  $30,000
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My Story

“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!” (Psalm 31:24). God’s words and promises are the themes of our adoption story. We have been married since 2008 and God’s faithfulness has been our song. We started trying to have children in 2014, but to no avail. In 2015 Brandon met with a local urologist for testing to look into why we could not conceive. The after months of appointments and even some invasive surgeries, the doctor left us with a response of “I simply do not know why. I can’t help you further. You will need to see a specialist.”

We were saddened by a lack of response and the haunting of the unknown. We had such a great desire to have children and were not able to, but the worst part was we did not know why. It was during this season that God was teaching both of us what it meant for us to wait on the LORD. We continued in prayer and during this season Brandon was committed to learning what God has in store for our family. He read all the Psalms each month and through this kept seeing God’s repeating pattern of calling His people to wait on Him. God was doing a work in both of our hearts that He has plans to bless us and work for our good, but in this season, was calling us to wait on Him.

Then one day, Brandon approached Crystal and simply said “I believe God is calling us to adopt.” At the time, Crystal was still looking for closure to the question regarding why we could not conceive. We made an appointment with a Specialist at University of Washington to help get some answers. Within 10 minutes of meeting with the doctor, he told Brandon that he believe he was born with a rare disease called Congential Bilateral Absence of the Vas Deferens, which prevented us from conceiving. This was the closure that Crystal needed and also the comfort and confirmation for what God was calling us to. As Crystal said “Through this He was calling us to begin the beautiful journey of adoption. Adoption had always been on our hearts as something down the road for us, but during our waiting, God was preparing us to make adoption our primary choice. We have always felt adoption is a beautiful narrative of bringing an outsider in and making them family, as God has done for us through Jesus. Jesus was made an outsider on our behalf so that we could be brought into God’s family and just as God has chosen us to be in His family, we will choose this child to be part of our family.”

Unfortunately, in March of 2020 our adoption agency closed their offices. In May of 2020 we became fully certified with our new agency, Lifetime Adoption to be able to move forward with our pursuit of growing our family.

We continue to wait on the LORD, to see what chapters he has written for our life, but are very eager to flip forward to the pages where we bring our child home. We are so thankful for the friends and family that have encouraged and supported us. We invite you to contiune your support and encouragement in a few ways:

1) Prayer: Pray that God would continue to reveal is good and glorious will for our lives, that he would protect and keep healthy our child(ren), and that he would meet our emotional, spiritual, and practical needs as we walk through our adoption journey.

2) Letters of Encouragement: As silly as it sounds, your words of encouragement and prayer mean so much to us. We actually keep a box full of encouraging letters in our home and look back upon them when we are discouraged to be reminded of God’s faithfulness and care he provides through friends and family.

3) Financial Support: Adoption is expensive but we are trusting in God’s provisions for our lives. We invite you to participate in this story through financial support as well. Cash/check donations can be mailed to Lifesong for Orphans or online donations may be received through Lifesong for Orphans website. There is more information about financial support options towards the bottom of this page.

 Thank you for loving us and being a great support to what God is doing in our lives.

Love,
Brandon & Crystal Johnston

Financial Support Information

Checks or Cash:
– Make checks payable to “Lifesong For Orphans”
– In the memo line, note “Johnston/7158”. This will ensure your donation gets applied to our account.
– Mail cash or checks to Lifesong For Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.
– 100% of cash or check donations go directly to the adoption fund

Online Donations:
-Click DONATE NOW above!


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 “Johnston 7158”, 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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It’s A Boy!

January 14, 2021

Breaking news from the Johnston Household:

IT’S A BOY!

We have been matched with a birth mother from Michigan and will be traveling out late February to attend the birth. We are so very excited. Crystal has started nesting and Brandon has a long list of honey-do’s. We are so encouraged by your ongoing support and look forward to this new chapter of our lives.

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Comments

$20

Shelby

Feb 22, 2021

“Sooooo happy for you guys!! -The Alford Family”

$100

Lisa

Feb 20, 2021

“Congratulations! What a gift! I’m so happy for your little family! Lisa”

$50

Amber

Feb 15, 2021

“We love you guys and are so excited for your family!”

$100

Elizabeth

Feb 14, 2021

“Praying, praying, praying!! ❤️”

$50

Andi

Feb 5, 2021

“Praying the Lord’s blessing over Benjamin and your family. Thanks to Piper and Truly for telling your story! ❤️”

$50

Nancy

Feb 1, 2021

“Piper and Trulee James encouraged me to donate. Wishing you all the best.”

$200

Jenny

Feb 1, 2021

$200

Rebekah

Jan 31, 2021

“So excited for your family and can't wait to meet this little blessing!! God is so good!”

$100

Lyndsey

Jan 31, 2021

“I’m overjoyed for you! Can’t wait for baby B! Love you both so much!”

$200

Joshua

Jan 31, 2021

$15

Misha

Jan 31, 2021

“Congratulations on your sweet baby!”

$100

Katie

Jan 31, 2021

$1,000

Andrew

Jan 22, 2021

$50

Liz

Jan 22, 2021

“So excited for your family!! Worth the wait”

$40

Hidden

Jan 17, 2021

“Love you guys!”

$100

Kelly and David

Jan 17, 2021

“Baby Benjamin is a lucky boy ♥”

$130

Lisa

Jan 16, 2021

“Love you guys.”

$100

charlene

Jan 16, 2021

$100

Lacey

Jan 16, 2021

“The Kuhns family is overjoyed for you two. We can’t wait to meet him!”

$100

Linda

Jan 15, 2021

“The best to the three of you. Enjoy.”

$500

Derrek

Jan 15, 2021

“Saucy and Uncle D can’t wait to meet little Benjamin Andrew Gordon Johnston! We love you guys!”

$10

Andrea

Jan 15, 2021

$10

Emily

Jan 15, 2021

“Praying for you guys! Such a display of God's glory!”

$150

Isaac

Jan 15, 2021

“Been praying about this a long time. So glad to see it’s coming to fruition. You two have a wonderful home set up for raising children. God bless you abundantly! -The Milos Family”

$50

Lisa

Jan 14, 2021

“I wish it could be more but I hope it helps none the less! Congratulations! I am so excited for you guys and baby Benjamin!”

$50

Heather

Jan 14, 2021

“Baby Benjamin 💙”

$500

Andrew

Jan 14, 2021

“We pray you both can be there for the birth! We love you guys! - Drew, Kati, Chloe, and Sophie”

$500

Jeannie

Jan 14, 2021

“So wonderful to hear your prayers are getting answered.... opening a beautiful chapter in your lives. Love you guys...... Jeannie and Byron”

$100

Connie

Jan 14, 2021

“Praying for a smooth adoption process! We love you! - The Tomadas”

$150

Kevin

Jan 14, 2021

“We are overjoyed for your newest addition! We love you guys! -Kevin and Polly”

$50

Megan

Jan 14, 2021

“The Marshall family are SO excited for you guys!! Praying for a healthy birth and safe travels! Congratulations!!!”

$3,000

Offline Donation

May 1, 2020

$25

Hidden

Feb 21, 2019

$200

Larry and Sharon

Jun 22, 2018

$775

Elisabeth

Mar 9, 2018

“We are praying that a little Johnston baby arrives soon. With Love, Josh and Beth”

$200

Larry and Sharon

Jan 20, 2018

“Looking forward to God's provision <3”

$175

Lacey

Nov 5, 2017

$100

Tara

Nov 3, 2017

“We love you guys and pray for your family regularly. Thank you for being willing to let God show us who he is, and his heart through your story.”

$25

Hidden

Nov 3, 2017

“Merry Christmas!”

$4,975

Offline Donation

Nov 2, 2017

$500

Hidden

Oct 11, 2017

$3,000

Offline Donation

Oct 11, 2017

$1,000

Offline Donation

Sep 27, 2017

$400

Ryan

Sep 26, 2017

“Love you guys!”

$2,000

Offline Donation

Sep 25, 2017

$500

Hidden

Sep 17, 2017

“Praying for you guys and your new little one.”

$500

Amy & Nathan

Sep 9, 2017

“Love you and wishing you many blessings!”

$50

Danielle

Sep 7, 2017

“God Bless you Johnston Family!”

$50

Amber

Sep 7, 2017

“We are so excited for the Johnston family to grow! Love you guys!!”

$1,000

Bolander

Sep 6, 2017

“Can't wait to meet the little one(s) !! Congrats Johnstons!”

$25

Hannah

Sep 6, 2017

“I so admire your heart to adopt and I'm praying for you along your journey. God is so good!”