Galatians 4:4-7 ” God sent his Son…that we might receive adoption to sonship….So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child.
Adoption is awesome. It is because of Jesus, God’s son that we have been adopted into God’s family. We get to call God our good, good FATHER. He paid for the adoption fully and completed with his blood on the cross. We are so thankful that adoption is part of our spiritual story.
We also hope it to be part of our earthly story.
Did you know that there are 51 million orphans in the world. 51 million. There are also approximately 2.18 billion Christians in the world? If just one out of every 42 Christians gave an orphan a home, every orphan would be adopted into a loving earthly home in which they could learn about their Savior and…be adopted into God’s family, too!
Could you be a part of one child’s earthly and spiritual adoption?
A good verse to describe our journey to adoption is Proverbs 16:9, “We can make our plans, but it is the Lord who determines our steps.”
We had been seriously planning for domestic adoption and/or foster care at some point for our family We we were planning to first try some procedures at a fertility clinic to bring some closure to our seven year struggle with infertility, Up to that point, we had thought of International Adoption as something we “couldn’t do.” We knew that there were lots of children here in the US that need a home and were also fearful of the cost of international adoption.
We then attended meeting with Lifeline Children’s Services. They spoke passionately about the need for international adoption. We learned about the approximately 51 million orphans in the world, many who do not have access to good healthcare or education, or most importantly, a family of their own. Their stories and answers to many questions that night really started our hearts on fire for orphans throughout the world, and we started to wonder “how couldn’t we?”
Finally, the social worker giving the presentation assured us that no family had ever been unable to adopt because of cost. God always worked through his people to make adoption possible.
We went into that meeting with one plan, and we somehow came out equally united in a plan that we had never discussed before. God was clearly working on our hearts. After having learned about the so many orphans in need in the world, we could not forget it. God had provided a clear answer. We finally felt at peace, ready to take the next step, adopt and, “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations.”
We have since seen many ways that God has been preparing for us this. The more we hear about waiting children, the more our hearts ache to be able to love them, care for them, teach them, and share with them the sweet message of the gospel. We think God has called us to this and prepared us in a multitude of ways: through experience with and excitement for hispanic culture, strengthening our marriage, giving us valuable experience with preschool children and families, and by strengthening our faith and giving us a strong desire to adopt. We feel blessed to have the opportunity to love a precious little child who is in need of a family.
Will you join us? Adoption is very expensive, totalling around $40,000 (including the cost of travel). Lifeline is very transparent and breaks down all of the fees to show what costs exists: various attorneys, social workers, translations, psychological, medical and background check evaluations, and fees for both countries is a brief summary. We have used the savings we had previously set aside for fertility treatements and have been saving everything we can over the past year.
We have received two grants, one of which is a matching grant from Josiah’s Adoption Fund, administrated by Lifesong for Orphans. Every dollar you give to help us bring a child home will be matched for up to $3500.
We have submitted a letter of intent to adopt a little girl. (This will not be official until our dossier has been approved by Colombia, and their government has made us an official match. Since this could still fall through, we can’t share more about her at this time.) Our dossier has been sent to Colombia. We want to be ready to travel and bring a child home as soon as we are matched.
We would truly appreciate anything that you can do to contribute to bringing a child home! We are so thankful for all of the support and prayers we have received so far! We are excited to see how God will continue to provide for all of the needs of our child through you.
Phil & Julianna
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 “Kiecker 08817”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.
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