I, Kara, grew up with an older biological sister and two younger adopted brothers. Before I married, I just knew adoption would be apart of our family as well. I believed it would be similar to my childhood. After the birth of our 2nd child, it was naturally time to adopt our next, right? Well, God brought us one more! It threw me from my adoption roadmap, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Life would not be the same without our little (though not so little anymore!) C.J.
My husband was an only child, so just experiencing sibling dynamics was new for him. His openness to bringing a child into our circle was a slower pace than mine. One thing that really changed his perspective was when he began to work as the Ministry Director at Dream Center Peoria. There were days he would come home and just sob after he shared the story of the day. The stories were all similar. Kids without dads, or moms who may or may not show up. Kids in foster care who were angry.
While he still worked there, a young man came to my husband seeking shelter. DCP only housed women and children. When Matt received that call, the Holy Spirit moved in us. We prayed about what we should do, and I distinctly heard the Lord say “Take him in”. He lived with us for 8 months. In that time, we heard his story of growing up in foster care by a single woman. He never had a father figure in his life and felt abandoned by his own parents. We treated him as our own son, and did our best to share God’s love and truth the best we knew how at that time.
Opening our home to him changed our family. He gave us a new perspective to the need of a loving mother and father in a child’s growing up. It also opened my heart to the idea of adopting an older child. In the years before, my heart was set on adopting a baby. A little girl who would know nothing else but being ours. I guess this desire is how most women feel. It took taking in a young adult who still needed guidance to help me see I can be a mother to any child in need.
It’s been a long road for us to get here. We’ve taken detours, and hit bumps along the way. God has continued to ask our hearts if we are now ready to step out in faith. We have a small home, and we are not loaded with thousands of dollars in the bank ready to bring our daughter home. Matt summed up this sentiment in an Adoption song he has been working on, ‘The money’s tight, but our love is great. God is right, adoption takes faith.”
Time and time again our hearts have been drawn to India. We know that is where our daughter is waiting.
We have been agency approved to adopt from India. We are seeking a girl between the ages 5-9, and are open to a sibling group of two girls around those ages. We have our picture in our minds of who we are seeking, but after 22 years of marriage, we have learned to be open to change when God redirects. Our role at this point is just to move forward and trust! We pray that God will whisper in your hearts to join us in the joy of offering a family to one of God’s precious children.
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One of the biggest challenges in adoption is finding the finances to make it happen. Our estimated cost for the adoption is between $45,000 to $55,000. We have been blessed to partner with Lifesong for Orphans. Through this organization, we have been provided a $4,000 matching grant by Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, IL. We are very grateful for their generosity; however, in order to take advantage of this grant, we must fundraise money to match this grant. We have prayerfully considered the amount of money we need to raise to meet our adoption needs. We believe we need to raise $35,000. Through Lifesong for Orphans we have been provided an online platform through mySTORY to begin our campaign.
If you feel led to help, there are two ways you can give:
1. GIVE ONLINE – Give through our mySTORY campaign page, please click the DONATE button above. (2.2% + .30 USD per transaction fee applies through STRIPE. Your donation will be decreased by this amount.)
2. GIVE BY CHECK – Please make checks payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In order to ensure it is credited to our account, in the memo line please note, “Preference: #8532 Larson”.
Checks can be mailed to:
Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744
Thank you for allowing us to share our story. We appreciate your consideration in helping us meet our campaign goal, but above all, we appreciate your prayers. Please pray God would care for our little girl until we are able to bring her home; that God would prepare Spencer, Davis, and C.J. for the upcoming changes to our family; and that God will give us wisdom, discernment, and insight as we raise our child/children to know Jesus.
We pray this entire process will glorify God.
Matt and Kara Larson
Family Name: Larson
Family Account #: 8532
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 “Larson 08532”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, 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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