Before MaeLee and I ever met, the Lord placed a burden in both of our hearts for the ministry of adoption. It’s such a clear picture of the Gospel. In Ephesians 1:3-6 Paul talks about the adoption we have received from God. We were spiritual orphans, unable to fend for ourselves, and God intervened by doing what we could not do when He took away our sin. When we adopt, we are able to show others the love God has shown us by sending His Son Jesus. For whatever reason, we both sensed that God was calling us to adopt in our future.
It didn’t take long when we began courting to get around to the question of children, and more specifically, adoption. One of the ways we were confident God was leading us towards marrying one another was because of this common bond. All that to say, adoption has been on our radar for a long time. We have watched and supported friends go through the adoption process and have been waiting for the right time to embark on that journey ourselves. Through many conversations and prayers we are confident that this is our time to start the process of adopting. We are adopting through Faithful Adoption Consultants (FAC). We have heard great testimonies from those who have used their services.
In our entire marriage our thinking has been about “when” we will adopt, not “if” we will adopt. When our biological children were three and one and a half we began to thinking about adding another child to our family and through prayer and conversations with one another we decided it was time for us to start the adoption process. It was December of 2017 that we announced that we were adopting and started fundraising.
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 “Mathis 8334”, 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.
- 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.