Let’s bring Savannah Hope, Hiu-Sze, HOME!
We’re excited to share we received a $4,000 matching grant award from Glen Ellyn Bible Church, which is administered by Lifesong for Orphans. Now every donation we receive will be matched up to $4,000! This wonderful news comes at a perfect time since we have diligently been working on many of the next steps in our adoption process. We’ve been busy preparing our Dossier for Hong Kong’s review and final approval to adopt Savannah! We are passionately and persistently pursuing Savannah’s adoption, but the one hurdle in our way is money! We have $20,000 in remaining adoption expenses and we URGENTLY need to raise $4,000 by October 31st for the dossier phase. Once we raise $4,000 Lifesong will match it! This will help us cover some of the other upcoming adoption expenses and our $20,000 fundraising goal.
WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT IN THE PAST, BUT WE URGENTLY NEED HELP!
WILL YOU HELP US BRING SAVANNAH HOME?
WE’RE ASKING FOR HELP WITH 3 NEEDS: PRAY…GIVE…SHARE!
1. WILL YOU PRAY FOR US, ESPECIALLY SAVANNAH AND HER ADOPTION PROCESS?
2. WOULD YOU MAKE A DONATION OF ANY AMOUNT? EVERY BIT ADDS UP!
3. WILL YOU SHARE OUR STORY WITH OTHERS WHO MIGHT HELP IN OUR JOURNEY?
We are sincerely grateful for whatever part you play. You are helping to give Savannah HOPE for her future and the gift of a forever family! To give towards our matching grant, donations must be sent to Lifesong directly, and they have two methods of payment available:
1. You may send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line, please write “Uriostegui 8004”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to: Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, Illinois 61744.
2. You may give online. Go to https://www.lifesong.org/donate/family then complete the online form and fill in our Family Account Number: 8004 and Family Name: Uriostegui. To pay online, STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount.
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-deductive receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
Thank you for your love, prayers and support. You are a special part in demonstrating God’s relentless love and pursuit for Savannah Hope, Hiu-Sze!
“How blessed is he who considers the helpless.” – Psalm 41:1
We are forever grateful!
Jorge, Jen & Samuel Uriostegui
Our adoption story…
If you’ve been following our journey all along, you may want to skip to updates tab below.
Dear Family and Friends,
We are adopting a precious young girl, Hiu-Sze, from Hong Kong! Her American name is “Savannah Hope”! Savannah is 8 years old and will be turning 9 in January! She has been living in a foster home for 6 years, but she desires to be adopted. Savannah knows “a family” from the United States is pursuing her adoption. She is looking forward to being part of her “forever family”; this will be a gift she has not had in her 8 years of life! (Pictures and more details about this beautiful young girl will be shared when we have Hong Kong’s permission.)
A snapshot of our adoption history…Our journey of adoption has been a long road, and we trust we’re being guided by The Lord. Before we met, we were both open to adopting and helping with the social injustice and suffering of an orphaned child. We even discussed adoption during our courtship in 2008. That heart-seed has continued to grow throughout our 10 years of marriage! Samuel also caught on to this vision quickly and has been eager to make a difference in the life of an orphaned child. His heart has longed for a sibling for years, so he is elated about welcoming a sister into our family! If he had his way, we’d be adopting 3 children! We’ll start with 1 and see what God has planned!
When we lived in Texas in 2015, we began pursuing foster licensing so we could adopt a foster child. However, as we progressed in the process, we sensed God was redirecting us to another adoption path. In mid-2016 we halted the foster licensing process, and took a season to pray and rest about adoption. Yet the burden in our hearts to adopt did not lift. After many discussions, lots of research about all types of adoptions, and keeping our decision in prayer, we finally had a unified peace to pursue an international adoption. We felt a strong leading to adopt a young girl in Asia – either from Hong Kong or China. We researched agencies and started the preliminary process. Then we had to put the adoption process on hold again due to our relocation to Illinois, our condo purchase and Jorge’s career change. We now see this delay prepared us for adoption. In December of 2017, we began the international adoption process. We submitted our preliminary international adoption agency applications to Nightlight and it was approved. Then we began our home study with ECFA in March of 2018.
Hiu-Sze is presented to us…Although we initially thought we’d adopt a girl between 2-5 years old, our home study agency suggested we increase our age limit since adoptions can take 1+ years to finalize. We discussed it and increased the age to 7. On May 4, 2018, we received a request from Nightlight. They asked if we’d consider an 8-year old girl, with no identified special needs, except that she is older. Many orphaned children are often overlooked as they get older, as well as children at any age with medical and/or special needs. We agreed to pray about adopting Hiu-Sze and review her file. We sought God’s wisdom and direction in prayer, reviewed her file, had a family meeting, and asked for the prayer and counsel of trusted advisors. Samuel was completely on board and immediately said we should adopt Savannah even though she is almost 1 year older. He reminded us he had wanted to adopt an older sister! Fairly quickly we all had a unified peace to pursue adopting Savannah Hiu-Sze!
Faithful Action Steps…We said yes to adopt Savannah! Amazing how one simple 3-letter word like “YES!” requires so many action steps of faith. Many times it felt like we were climbing a mountain, while trusting God for HIS will to be done in and through us! Adoption is no small feat! Countless hours have been spent on paperwork, emails, phone calls, background checks, medical appointments, legal documents and more. If you’re interested in milestone details, check out the “updates” on this site for a bullet list of adoption highlights and victories. Our patience, faith and perseverance are continually being refined in this process. This adoption journey is a frequent reminder of God’s love and relentless pursuit of us all!
We are excited and doing everything we can to adopt Savannah and be prepared to welcome her into our family. This entire process requires a tremendous amount of humility, vulnerability, time, financial resources and community support! We are faithfully doing our part, but we cannot do it in our own strength. We desperately need God’s help to make this happen, and we humbly ask for the help of others to proceed with Savannah’s adoption!
How can you help? As you may know, adoption costs can easily total up to $30,000 or more. Like many other adoptive families, we do not have the financial resources our adoption requires. To date, we’ve paid about $10,000 in adoption expenses, through our resources and the generous gifts we received from a few family members and friends. We are forever grateful for our loved ones who generously helped! We have $20,000 in remaining adoption expenses and we URGENTLY need to raise $4,000 by October 31st for the Dossier phase.
1) Can you give a gift of any amount to help us bring Savannah home?
2) Will you commit to pray for us, especially Savannah and her entire adoption process?
3) Can you share our journey with others who may partner with us in prayer or giving?
Thank you for your love, prayers and support. You are a special part of demonstrating God’s relentless love and pursuit for Savannah Hope, Hiu-Sze! We are forever grateful!
James 1:27 – “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
Jorge, Jen & Samuel Uriostegui
You may donate by sending a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Uriostegui 8004”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744. You may also donate online via credit card. For online donations, STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount.
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.