Adoption has always been something Geoff and I have been drawn to, felt was going to be part of our family story. Throughout the last 16 years of our marriage, we’ve continued to visit the topic, stay open to the how/when so that when God called us into action, we would be ready. I believe we are all called to care for the orphan, but how that looks is drastically different for each person.
Geoff and I spent time in orphanages in India for a few weeks with such precious children that had been cast off or orphaned because their parents couldn’t or didn’t want to provide for them. India was forever imprinted on our heart as a beautiful and broken place. A song the children sang has played in my mind over and over again since. “Pray for India, pray for India, pray for India. It’s my India, it’s your India, it’s all our India.”
Over the last five years, I have poured my passion to care for the orphan and widow by working with Noonday Collection, a fair trade jewelry company, focused on job creation in the most vulnerable communities around the globe. I’ve worked to provide dignified fair trade jobs so that women don’t have to make the decision to place their child in an orphanage so they can survive. My eyes have been opened to the broken beauty of adoption and that trauma is central to the story. I have learned so much about the process and the hardships and joys through numerous friends across the country who have added to their families through adoption.
After losing our fourth child through a traumatic miscarriage, we felt the door close for any more biological children. We are both at perfect peace over that decision. However, the longing for more children has grown exponentially over the last few years. Specifically, we feel called to two daughters.
Geoff and I decided to prayerfully consider foster to adopt as well as international adoption. We felt drawn to India and international adoption because of our previous visits to the country. However, we wanted to make sure it wasn’t just our desire but also God’s. Over the next few months, we got confirmation over and over again through meeting other India adoption families, and through conversations with people who have or are currently fostering. We have a piece of India in our hearts, and believe that God is writing a love story for our daughters in India and we are honored to get to be a part of that story, however it unfolds.
We have been blessed by a generous $5000 matching grant, so your donation will be matched! All donations will be used towards our adoption expenses such as agency fees, in-country legal expenses, medical costs, travel, ongoing training, etc. Thank you for generously parntering with us in this step of faith!
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 “Kujawa 09722”, 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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