Forever Summers: Our Adoption Story

Taylor and Katie
Taylor and Katie Cleveland, Mississippi

Our story started with vulnerable children at the heart of it. Before the two of us ever met, the Lord stirred within our hearts individually to care for sick, orphaned, and vulnerable children around the world. In 2017 Katie moved to rural Haiti to work as a pediatric nurse. During that same time, Taylor was on the other side of the world in Kenya, also feeling the burden of vulnerable children. God moved him to start a children’s home- now known as Zoe Ministries, that rescues orphaned children by placing them in loving homes with Kenyan parents. Because of our shared passion of reaching the least of these, we were introduced by mutual friends and we connected instantly. We actually talked about adoption on our first date!

God has since blessed us with the gift of marriage and the privilege of building a life together. While many things have changed since we first met, our desire to serve children in need has remained a central focal point in our home. Now that we are looking to start a family, we find it perfectly fitting to do so through adoption. There isn’t a more beautiful depiction of the Gospel than the picture of adoption. We are reminded in Galatians 4:4 that, “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law to redeem those under the law so that we might receive adoption as sons.” It is only because of Jesus that we might be called children of God. Despite our transgressions, we are adopted into His family through the blood of Jesus. By taking part in earthly adoption, we pray that the Lord reveals more of Himself to us. We want to experience our own adoption story in a new way. Being able to give a child a loving home and tell them of the Life to be found in Christ will truly be our greatest honor.

We invite you to join us in the beauty and blessing of adoption. As Christians, it is our responsibility to be at the forefront of orphan care- however that may look. This calling looks different for us all, and our prayer is that the Lord stirs within our friends and neighbors to identify how that looks in their own lives. Some people will be led to love on adopting or foster families, some will be led to adopt themselves, while others may feel God leading them to give financially to an orphan care ministry. We urge you to ask the Lord to show you His designed role for you as a member of His Body as we collectively care for orphans around the world. If you would like to partner with us financially as we bring our children home from Hungary, we would be eternally grateful. We have been graciously awarded a $4,000 matching grant from Colonial Heights Baptist Church Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. All donations will go directly to our adoption expenses. This is a huge blessing!

We welcome your advice and encouragement as we step into this new season of parenthood. We covet your prayers, and we are humbled by your gifts. Without the Body of Christ, this would not be possible so we thank you for walking alongside 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 “Summers 09643”, 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.
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My Story

Our story started with vulnerable children at the heart of it. Before the two of us ever met, the Lord stirred within our hearts individually to care for sick, orphaned, and vulnerable children around the world. In 2017 Katie moved to rural Haiti to work as a pediatric nurse. During that same time, Taylor was on the other side of the world in Kenya, also feeling the burden of vulnerable children. God moved him to start a children’s home- now known as Zoe Ministries, that rescues orphaned children by placing them in loving homes with Kenyan parents. Because of our shared passion of reaching the least of these, we were introduced by mutual friends and we connected instantly. We actually talked about adoption on our first date!

God has since blessed us with the gift of marriage and the privilege of building a life together. While many things have changed since we first met, our desire to serve children in need has remained a central focal point in our home. Now that we are looking to start a family, we find it perfectly fitting to do so through adoption. There isn’t a more beautiful depiction of the Gospel than the picture of adoption. We are reminded in Galatians 4:4 that, “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law to redeem those under the law so that we might receive adoption as sons.” It is only because of Jesus that we might be called children of God. Despite our transgressions, we are adopted into His family through the blood of Jesus. By taking part in earthly adoption, we pray that the Lord reveals more of Himself to us. We want to experience our own adoption story in a new way. Being able to give a child a loving home and tell them of the Life to be found in Christ will truly be our greatest honor.

We invite you to join us in the beauty and blessing of adoption. As Christians, it is our responsibility to be at the forefront of orphan care- however that may look. This calling looks different for us all, and our prayer is that the Lord stirs within our friends and neighbors to identify how that looks in their own lives. Some people will be led to love on adopting or foster families, some will be led to adopt themselves, while others may feel God leading them to give financially to an orphan care ministry. We urge you to ask the Lord to show you His designed role for you as a member of His Body as we collectively care for orphans around the world. If you would like to partner with us financially as we bring our children home from Hungary, we would be eternally grateful. We have been graciously awarded a $4,000 matching grant from Colonial Heights Baptist Church Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. All donations will go directly to our adoption expenses. This is a huge blessing!

We welcome your advice and encouragement as we step into this new season of parenthood. We covet your prayers, and we are humbled by your gifts. Without the Body of Christ, this would not be possible so we thank you for walking alongside 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 “Summers 09643”, 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.
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Siblings!

August 12, 2021

We have officially been Home Study approved to adopt a set of siblings from Hungary! We are so excited (and terrified) to be adding not just one, but potentially TWO little ones to our family. We’ve already started planning where their future bunkbeds and swingsets can go! While there are still a lot of unknowns about this process and what our future will look like, we cling to the sovereignty and steadfastness of our Lord. We are confident that He will bring our child(ren) home in the perfect way and at just the right time. He is a good Father! 

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$75

Hidden

Apr 18, 2022

“Prayers for your family!”

$600

Courtney

Nov 6, 2021

“😘”

$300

Zach

Oct 20, 2021

$999

Katherine

Oct 19, 2021

“We love y’all so much and are so excited to watch your family grow!”

$100

Josh and Becca

Oct 17, 2021

“We know you two are going to make incredible parents! Thank you for your commitment to love on children in need! Y'all are doing incredible work for the Kingdom of God. We love you!!”

$150

Julie

Oct 15, 2021

$100

Elizabeth

Oct 15, 2021

“Here’s to a happy family!❤️”

$550

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Oct 14, 2021

$600

Courtney

Oct 14, 2021

“Can’t wait to meet these bbs”

$100

Laura

Oct 10, 2021

$50

Lisa

Aug 17, 2021

“Praying for you! Love y’all and so excited about this journey!”

$500

Will

Aug 12, 2021

$100

Ann Clark and Warren

Jul 1, 2021

“Praying for you two and your adoption journey! Proud of you friend, and I know this will be one loved little one!”

$100

Jenna

Jul 1, 2021

“So happy for y’all! I can’t wait to see pictures of your bundle of joy! God bless you both!”