Larry & Jenna’s Adoption Journey

Jenna DuBose
Jenna DuBose Warsaw, Indiana

Hi friends and family! You’ve likely heard that we’re adopting, but we’d like to also share a bit of our journey with you! It started back years before we were married, or even knew each other. Larry became interested in adoption through volunteering at a Chinese orphanage during the year and a half he lived overseas, and Jenna’s eyes were opened during college through a chapel speaker who described the plight of orphans around the world.

As we each considered our own state- lost and alone in the world without Christ apart from the great love with which he loved us and grafted us into His family- we have had a growing burden to mirror that love by adopting a child into our family.

We desired to start our family soon after marriage, and while diagnosed infertility made this a challenge, our burden to bring a child into our family through adoption only grew. During the time from about 2016 until now, God met us in numerous ways. The encouragement and prayers of others, Jenna’s friend giving her ‘Seasons of Waiting’, Larry recommending a book on adoption to Jenna, through several corrective sermons at Trinity Evangelical Church, and through studying parts of the New Testament with Jenna’s BSF gals have all served to show God’s mercy. Larry had previously undergone years of training in waiting so as he solidly stood by Jenna, these years seemed to be her turn in the training ground of patiently trusting and waiting for God’s sovereign plans while deepening her love for God in the midst of longing for children.

The Bible says that children are a gift from the Lord, a reward, arrows in the hand of a warrior, and a heritage from the Lord. Whether God gives children from our own bodies or from another, we long to use our time on earth to raise up children, and what better way than to bring someone without a forever home into our life and hearts and home to know our love and Christ’s love for them.

During a walk in the fall of 2019, Larry asked Jenna, “What is your dream job?” While she paused, he knowingly answered, ‘To be a mom. Let’s get started on adoption early next year.” This started the multi-year mission of bringing a child without a family into our home to be a part of our family. Starting this mission had been years in the making.

Galatians 6:2 tells us to carry one another’s burdens. We have been moved so much farther through the prayers and encouragements of friends and family members. We covet your prayers through the ups and downs, delays and immense joys of the journey. We are personally invested in this with about $18,000 financed so far, $2000 coming from a cutting board fundraiser and generous gifts last fall.

LifeSong, an organization that specializes in bringing orphaned children into families, recently chose us for a matching grant through an organization who partners with them called Hands of Hope. The first $3000 donated to us will be matched by them which doubles your help in carrying this burden with us. Receiving the full $6000 would put us just under the remaining projected $10,000 needed!

We would love to have you join us on this journey by partnering with us prayerfully or financially to bring our little one home. Please let us know if you have any questions that we can answer or would like to know more.


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 “DuBose 09446”, 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

Hi friends and family! You’ve likely heard that we’re adopting, but we’d like to also share a bit of our journey with you! It started back years before we were married, or even knew each other. Larry became interested in adoption through volunteering at a Chinese orphanage during the year and a half he lived overseas, and Jenna’s eyes were opened during college through a chapel speaker who described the plight of orphans around the world.

As we each considered our own state- lost and alone in the world without Christ apart from the great love with which he loved us and grafted us into His family- we have had a growing burden to mirror that love by adopting a child into our family.

We desired to start our family soon after marriage, and while diagnosed infertility made this a challenge, our burden to bring a child into our family through adoption only grew. During the time from about 2016 until now, God met us in numerous ways. The encouragement and prayers of others, Jenna’s friend giving her ‘Seasons of Waiting’, Larry recommending a book on adoption to Jenna, through several corrective sermons at Trinity Evangelical Church, and through studying parts of the New Testament with Jenna’s BSF gals have all served to show God’s mercy. Larry had previously undergone years of training in waiting so as he solidly stood by Jenna, these years seemed to be her turn in the training ground of patiently trusting and waiting for God’s sovereign plans while deepening her love for God in the midst of longing for children.

The Bible says that children are a gift from the Lord, a reward, arrows in the hand of a warrior, and a heritage from the Lord. Whether God gives children from our own bodies or from another, we long to use our time on earth to raise up children, and what better way than to bring someone without a forever home into our life and hearts and home to know our love and Christ’s love for them.

During a walk in the fall of 2019, Larry asked Jenna, “What is your dream job?” While she paused, he knowingly answered, ‘To be a mom. Let’s get started on adoption early next year.” This started the multi-year mission of bringing a child without a family into our home to be a part of our family. Starting this mission had been years in the making.

Galatians 6:2 tells us to carry one another’s burdens. We have been moved so much farther through the prayers and encouragements of friends and family members. We covet your prayers through the ups and downs, delays and immense joys of the journey. We are personally invested in this with about $18,000 financed so far, $2000 coming from a cutting board fundraiser and generous gifts last fall.

LifeSong, an organization that specializes in bringing orphaned children into families, recently chose us for a matching grant through an organization who partners with them called Hands of Hope. The first $3000 donated to us will be matched by them which doubles your help in carrying this burden with us. Receiving the full $6000 would put us just under the remaining projected $10,000 needed!

We would love to have you join us on this journey by partnering with us prayerfully or financially to bring our little one home. Please let us know if you have any questions that we can answer or would like to know more.


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 “DuBose 09446”, 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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Changing Direction, Still Adopting!

April 11, 2021

As many of you know, we planned to adopt from China and had the bulk of paperwork in transit to the U.S. Embassy. Financially, we were over halfway to the finish line to complete our adoption! 

 

Then the news came that China adoptions were delayed until at least the summer of 2022 and with strings attached which we could not fulfill in good conscience. We were heartbroken as the news sunk in. We had considered pivoting towards domestic adoption and this shut door seemed like the time. 

 

Although transitioning to state side adoption did have its costs, we have found God to be more than able to help us through His Word and through His people. Our international agency was not able to refund our payments, which was much of our savings. I felt defeated but Larry reminded me that God in his wisdom is a faithful Father and would provide. Of course, he was right. That same week we received an email informing us that a local organization named Raise the Dough whose mission is to partner with and provide for adoptive parents to bring home their child provided a generous sum. Raise the Dough did not know at the time, but their contribution lifted the load of a quite heavy week and overwhelmed me with tears of gratitude.  We also were allowed to redirect this Lifesong matching grant, intended for our travel to China, towards our stateside adoption.

 

With our China adoption officially on hold, we quickly gained traction on the domestic front. We met with the adoption director at our local home study and placing agency, completed a day of in-person training and hosted our second home study visit!

 

We are in the process of choosing a state and an agency to work through. As far as timing, we could bring home a child within the year, or it could go into next year. We covet your prayers for wisdom and God’s help as we walk through a process of many unknowns. 

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Aug 8, 2021

“Trusting God with his perfect timing to bring you a child. God bless you both in your walk with Him!”

$200

John and Sue

Jul 27, 2021

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Carrie

Jul 26, 2021

“So happy this family will be blessed again by adoption. Prayers for my distant cousin that you are led in His timing to the child our Lord has meant for you to raise. Prayers for that child as they are knit together in their mother’s womb. And prayers for the mother that will make this decision knowing it is the right one; and may you be able to have a good relationship with her for the child’s sake. Many blessings from one adoptive momma to another!”

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Jul 2, 2021

“May God open the door to just the right child at just the right time!!!! His ways are perfect!”

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Elizabeth

Jun 21, 2021

“We are praying for you and your adoption journey regularly. My girls also contributed their “giving”money so they could support you! Jenna, I am forever grateful for the impact you have had on my walk with Jesus! We love you guys and will continue praying!”

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Jun 15, 2021

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Henry

Jun 5, 2021

“We are excited for this journey for y’all.”

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Betsy

Jun 4, 2021

“Thank you for the donuts that were dropped off at G&G Hauling”

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Jun 4, 2021

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Jun 4, 2021

“We love you guys and are so excited to see what the Lord is doing in your lives and who He has planned for you to adopt!”

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Kevin

Jun 3, 2021

“Thank you!”

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May 24, 2021

“My mom and dad were married ten years, and wanted a baby so badly They adopted my brother, Kenny, when he was 5 1/2 months old, and 4 months later Mom was pregnant with me. God always knew that Kenny would be my brother. Adoption is near and dear to my heart. Pat and I pray the Lord's richest blessings upon you both. Love, Pat and Joanie”

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Daniel & Trinna

May 24, 2021

“We’re cheering you on! Happy to hear that school bus of 100 kids is going to start getting filled! 😄”

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Gabe

May 22, 2021

“We look forward to celebrating God’s coming grace to you!”

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May 21, 2021

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May 21, 2021

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Ryan

May 9, 2021

“Privileged to partner with you!”

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Amy

May 5, 2021

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Valerie

Apr 29, 2021

“We are so thankful our Dad has been generous to us and we get to be a part of bringing your little girl/boy home!!! Lifting you all up!!!”

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Tom

Apr 24, 2021

“Excited to see what God’s has in store for you two!! Love Tom & Rhonda”

$500

Barry and Rebecca Joye

Apr 19, 2021

“DuBose family, blessings to you as you walk in faith, choosing to follow His leading. The Andrew Family”

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Dan

Apr 19, 2021

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Karen

Apr 15, 2021

“So excited for you and what God will do through you! Parenting is hard. I think we learned more than our kids did!”

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Todd

Mar 6, 2021

“We already love your sweet little one and anticipate their arrival with you.”

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Feb 20, 2021

“Best of luck to you both. From an old high school friend !”

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Scott

Feb 19, 2021

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Carolyn

Feb 14, 2021

“Happy Valentine's Day! We love you guys and are praying for you!”

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William

Feb 13, 2021

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Feb 13, 2021

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Logan

Feb 13, 2021

“Jenna and Larry - We are encouraged by your passion for The Lord and children. We're excited to support you guys. We are praying for you as well as this child you get to love :) Love you both!”

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Laura

Feb 13, 2021

“Excited for you guys! Praying for you each step of the way!”

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Renita

Feb 12, 2021

“We’re so excited for you guys!! ❤️”

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Trent and Angie

Feb 12, 2021

“Standing with you in faith for God to provide in big ways as you prepare for this special child!”