Our journey to Colombia to bring our child home!

Sarah Fitzgerald
Sarah Fitzgerald Birmingham, Alabama

One of our favorite things to share is how God has given us a heart together for adoption since the beginning, and how our desire to adopt is totally Spirit-led.

When Sarah was a little girl, she had a vision that she believes came from the Lord that showed her a picture of what her family would be like. The children she saw in the picture were not all white and did not necessarily look like her. She really believed that that is when God laid the desire to adopt on her heart. Ever since then, she talked openly about having a calling to adopt to her friends and family, hoping that one day she would get to experience it. She travelled on several mission trips over the years, fell in love with a Belizean family that she stays in contact with today, and actually went to Samford to pursue Global Missions. When we began dating, our first conversation was about adoption. We talked about how Sarah felt a strong calling to adopt one day, and we both believed it is the most tangible picture of the Gospel. We have both been touched by the Father’s sacrifice and love for us in that He adopted us into His own family; aka gave us a new name, identity, and chose to look past all the baggage we came with. He CHOSE us. This is amazing!!! We also believe that having a multicultural family is a picture of what Heaven will look like. Different races, ages, people, backgrounds, and languages all coming together over their love for the Father. Love and the Gospel can break those differences and make us family. God pursues us like we are pursuing our future child through adoption. It doesn’t matter to God who we were or where we were before Him, all He wants is to love us and give us new life. He loves us no matter what. He takes us with all our baggage.

This conversation and decision for our future was just the beginning of all the things we have experienced and learned and desired together. We actually both got to spend the same summer of 2018 apart in South American countries. Sarah was in Lima, Peru for the summer, while John was in Guatemala City, Guatemala. We both love Spanish, and we got to practice it all summer which was awesome! We both worked with children and the people there, and on separate accounts, fell in love with the culture and the people. We came back with a heavy heart for Latin America and for the orphans there. We actually prayed and asked God for a while what He was calling us to in Central/South America, having dreams of opening a Children’s Home or ministry one day to help all the children in need. We wanted to use my human development and his financial background to physically do something and share some part of Spanish culture here. This was all put-on pause, in a way, because we felt like God was not calling us to do that at this time.

Fast forward to January of 2022, the Lord very clearly stirred in Sarah’s heart to pursue adoption. Like, tangibly pursue it and take action steps. She was so amazed and overwhelmed because we always knew this was a possibility and desire for our future but did not know when it would take place! Sarah continued to keep this close to her heart and pray about it for a month before she brought it up to me. When she finally told me, what had been on her mind and heart lately, I was not surprised at all and was ready for it. She said “I just can’t shake this feeling. I know we are supposed to adopt.” We look back now and see the Lord even in this part of our adoption journey, because He united our hearts by this decision and prepared our hearts to talk about adoption separately before we even started. Ever since January, we have both been so excited and expectant to see what the Lord has for us in terms of adoption. We have prayed for open & closed doors, so that we can really discern where He is leading us, and He has been faithful to fulfill that. He has led us to adopt from Colombia, and looking back now, we see that was His plan all along. We are so grateful that we serve a God who already has our steps and our path mapped out for us, because we definitely feel so overwhelmed by the actual logistics of this process. We are nervous and a bit scared for the road ahead, but we are so excited and ready to see God’s story for us continue to unfold. We know without a shadow of a doubt that He has our child already picked out for our family.

All in all, we are so thankful to have been gifted this desire to pursue adoption as the Fitzgerald family because we believe it is an incredible gift. We have been so impacted by God’s adoption to us, that we not only want to give a child a home and a “new life”; we want to show them the love of Jesus and the new life HE can give them. 

We humbly ask you for prayer and support as we move forward on this long, hard journey of uncertainty in bringing our child home. It honestly feels like a mystery- all the changes, unknowns, things out of our control... but we are learning patience in the waiting, and having to really trust that His ways are higher than ours. If you would join with us in praying for peace and clarity through decisions, a smooth process with not too many bumps in the road, for Colombia as a whole, for the caretakers and homes of these orphans, and for our child specifically. We do not know who it is... but God does!

Adoption is unfortunately also a costly process because of all the paperwork, documentation, appointments, and vetting they do in order for the child to be able to be placed in a safe home. It is honestly overwhelming to think about two 25-year olds having the funds to embark on a journey like this, but we feel certain that this is the direction God is leading us in, and we are trusting that all the funds will come together. The total cost of our specific process with Colombia is roughly $42,000. That number includes every single cost of the process from fingerprints and background checks, to education, agency fees, medical and psych evaluations, appointments, documents, all the way to travel costs, in country appointments, visas, and post-adoption requirements. We are going through Lifeline Children's Services, and you are able to see a more specific fee sheet if requested.

That being said, we are asking if you would prayerfully consider donating an amount to help us cross these expenses off the list and keep moving forward. Each donation made here is tax-deductible, and we were blessed to receive a $7000 matching grant from Lifesong, enabling us to more easily fundraise. In other words, for every dollar donated, Lifesong will match that same amount up to $7000. We feel incredibly blessed to have a community of support and resources like Lifesong and other non-profits to help us reach our goal and bring our baby home.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. From the bottom of our hearts. You have no idea what your support means to us and the lasting impact it will have on our family.

Check here often for process updates and prayer requests as we move along! They are estimating what could be a 2+ year process from Colombia, but we are holding onto the hope that no matter what, God has our child picked out already. No bumps in the road can thwart His heart and plan for us.

           


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 “Fitzgerald 10143”, 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.

  • 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.
  • *3.5% fee for donations given with an American Express card
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One of our favorite things to share is how God has given us a heart together for adoption since the beginning, and how our desire to adopt is totally Spirit-led.

When Sarah was a little girl, she had a vision that she believes came from the Lord that showed her a picture of what her family would be like. The children she saw in the picture were not all white and did not necessarily look like her. She really believed that that is when God laid the desire to adopt on her heart. Ever since then, she talked openly about having a calling to adopt to her friends and family, hoping that one day she would get to experience it. She travelled on several mission trips over the years, fell in love with a Belizean family that she stays in contact with today, and actually went to Samford to pursue Global Missions. When we began dating, our first conversation was about adoption. We talked about how Sarah felt a strong calling to adopt one day, and we both believed it is the most tangible picture of the Gospel. We have both been touched by the Father’s sacrifice and love for us in that He adopted us into His own family; aka gave us a new name, identity, and chose to look past all the baggage we came with. He CHOSE us. This is amazing!!! We also believe that having a multicultural family is a picture of what Heaven will look like. Different races, ages, people, backgrounds, and languages all coming together over their love for the Father. Love and the Gospel can break those differences and make us family. God pursues us like we are pursuing our future child through adoption. It doesn’t matter to God who we were or where we were before Him, all He wants is to love us and give us new life. He loves us no matter what. He takes us with all our baggage.

This conversation and decision for our future was just the beginning of all the things we have experienced and learned and desired together. We actually both got to spend the same summer of 2018 apart in South American countries. Sarah was in Lima, Peru for the summer, while John was in Guatemala City, Guatemala. We both love Spanish, and we got to practice it all summer which was awesome! We both worked with children and the people there, and on separate accounts, fell in love with the culture and the people. We came back with a heavy heart for Latin America and for the orphans there. We actually prayed and asked God for a while what He was calling us to in Central/South America, having dreams of opening a Children’s Home or ministry one day to help all the children in need. We wanted to use my human development and his financial background to physically do something and share some part of Spanish culture here. This was all put-on pause, in a way, because we felt like God was not calling us to do that at this time.

Fast forward to January of 2022, the Lord very clearly stirred in Sarah’s heart to pursue adoption. Like, tangibly pursue it and take action steps. She was so amazed and overwhelmed because we always knew this was a possibility and desire for our future but did not know when it would take place! Sarah continued to keep this close to her heart and pray about it for a month before she brought it up to me. When she finally told me, what had been on her mind and heart lately, I was not surprised at all and was ready for it. She said “I just can’t shake this feeling. I know we are supposed to adopt.” We look back now and see the Lord even in this part of our adoption journey, because He united our hearts by this decision and prepared our hearts to talk about adoption separately before we even started. Ever since January, we have both been so excited and expectant to see what the Lord has for us in terms of adoption. We have prayed for open & closed doors, so that we can really discern where He is leading us, and He has been faithful to fulfill that. He has led us to adopt from Colombia, and looking back now, we see that was His plan all along. We are so grateful that we serve a God who already has our steps and our path mapped out for us, because we definitely feel so overwhelmed by the actual logistics of this process. We are nervous and a bit scared for the road ahead, but we are so excited and ready to see God’s story for us continue to unfold. We know without a shadow of a doubt that He has our child already picked out for our family.

All in all, we are so thankful to have been gifted this desire to pursue adoption as the Fitzgerald family because we believe it is an incredible gift. We have been so impacted by God’s adoption to us, that we not only want to give a child a home and a “new life”; we want to show them the love of Jesus and the new life HE can give them. 

We humbly ask you for prayer and support as we move forward on this long, hard journey of uncertainty in bringing our child home. It honestly feels like a mystery- all the changes, unknowns, things out of our control... but we are learning patience in the waiting, and having to really trust that His ways are higher than ours. If you would join with us in praying for peace and clarity through decisions, a smooth process with not too many bumps in the road, for Colombia as a whole, for the caretakers and homes of these orphans, and for our child specifically. We do not know who it is... but God does!

Adoption is unfortunately also a costly process because of all the paperwork, documentation, appointments, and vetting they do in order for the child to be able to be placed in a safe home. It is honestly overwhelming to think about two 25-year olds having the funds to embark on a journey like this, but we feel certain that this is the direction God is leading us in, and we are trusting that all the funds will come together. The total cost of our specific process with Colombia is roughly $42,000. That number includes every single cost of the process from fingerprints and background checks, to education, agency fees, medical and psych evaluations, appointments, documents, all the way to travel costs, in country appointments, visas, and post-adoption requirements. We are going through Lifeline Children's Services, and you are able to see a more specific fee sheet if requested.

That being said, we are asking if you would prayerfully consider donating an amount to help us cross these expenses off the list and keep moving forward. Each donation made here is tax-deductible, and we were blessed to receive a $7000 matching grant from Lifesong, enabling us to more easily fundraise. In other words, for every dollar donated, Lifesong will match that same amount up to $7000. We feel incredibly blessed to have a community of support and resources like Lifesong and other non-profits to help us reach our goal and bring our baby home.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. From the bottom of our hearts. You have no idea what your support means to us and the lasting impact it will have on our family.

Check here often for process updates and prayer requests as we move along! They are estimating what could be a 2+ year process from Colombia, but we are holding onto the hope that no matter what, God has our child picked out already. No bumps in the road can thwart His heart and plan for us.

           


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 “Fitzgerald 10143”, 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.

  • 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.
  • *3.5% fee for donations given with an American Express card
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update!

September 26, 2022

hi friends!!! We’d like to thank you all for supporting us so far. It has meant the world, and I know it will continue to! God is using you all to be His hands and feet, and we are so grateful. 

this weekend we were able to go to FIESTA- the Latin American festival in birmingham! It was amazing to see all the cultures/ countries/ food represented. It made us so excited to one day have that opportunity with our baby there. 

ANYWAYS- we are trying to get to the $7000 mark so that we can get it all fully matched. If you or anyone you know is looking to give, please know that all your donations are matched to the dollar and are tax deductible! 

our next fees are an agency fee of $3562 along with the Immigration forms that are roughly $1000. We are praying to have that covered. THANK YOU for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. We are hoping to be done with the home study soon!!!

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Comments

$1,000

Alice

Nov 16, 2022

“So happy for you guys! Praying for you and your son or daughter! Xo the Thompson’s”

$25

Hidden

Nov 12, 2022

“Good luck and May God bless you with a child. Thank Alayna Messer for sharing.”

$15

Tierney

Nov 12, 2022

“God Bless you and your Heaven sent child! You are glorifying Him!”

$20

Kaja

Oct 15, 2022

“I pray blessing upon you and your family! I pray that no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. In Jesus’ mighty Name. Love, Kaja”

$500

Hidden

Oct 12, 2022

$1,000

Offline Donation

Sep 26, 2022

$70

Kaja

Sep 18, 2022

“May God bless this journey. And your family.”

$25

Jill

Sep 4, 2022

“Enjoy this most wonderful time of your lives!! ♥️”

$500

Hidden

Sep 3, 2022

“Love you guys! In your corner always”

$250

Conyers & Lucy

Sep 1, 2022

$125

Abbey

Aug 22, 2022

“Praying for y’all on your journey to a family of three! The Lord has been so good to us, and I pray that this testimony will glorify His name across the world! He is Faithful!”

$1,000

Francisco

Aug 21, 2022

$100

Millie and David

Aug 21, 2022

“We are praying for you guys! As a couple, we love adoption and just what a beautiful picture it is of the Gospel. We are happy to give a small gift towards the greater plan that God has for your lives through your adoption of a sweet child from Colombia.”

$400

Susan

Aug 19, 2022

“Sooo excited to be a great grandmother ❤️❤️”