Hello from the McCullough Family,
While there are three of us today we are excited to share that number will be increasing to four as we are in the process of being officially matched with a sweet nine year old boy from a country in Africa! Praise be to God! Based on the descriptions that we received of him, we seem like a perfect match for each other. It’s possible we could be traveling to get him as soon as early next year (2020).
While we have been praying for this next adoption since before we even brought Sloane home from our first adoption, the process officially started for us last summer (2018). We again feel that God is leading us to grow our family through adoption and are stepping out in faith that which he calls us to, he will also provide for.
We humbly ask would you consider donating to help us fund the remaining $20,000 of our adoption? It is never easy to ask for financial assistance from anyone and we do not take this lightly. We have the majority of the funds we need to fully cover the adoption, but are looking to raise funds for some of the remaining expenses. We have been graciously awarded a $3,500 matching grant from Grace Church of Harmony, PA through Lifesong for Orphans. This means the first $3,500 in donations we receive will be matched dollar for dollar, so those donations will be doubled!
Would you also consider joining us in praying for our son-to-be with these prayers requests:
· The adoption would be completed successfully
· We would be able to raise the remaining funds we need
· God would prepare him for us and us for him
· God would be glorified through all of this
Thank you for considering supporting us through our second adoption journey! If you are interested in reading more about our adoption journey, you can continue reading below.
With love and gratitude,
Kelly, Laura, and Sloane
Continue reading if you would like to hear more of our adoption journey…
From a very young age, the Lord had planted the seeds of international adoption in my (Laura’s) heart. I grew up in a large church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. From time to time there would be missions focused Sundays or Wednesday nights where missionaries from across the globe would speak during worship service or in kid’s ministries. It was during one of those times that the Lord used their stories to plant a seed in my heart. The missionaries were from Africa and spoke of the epidemic of orphaned children on the continent and country they were serving in. They showed us some images of an orphanage that they had worked with. It was in that moment that I wanted to be a part of the change. I certainly did not know in that moment as a child that someday I was going to have the privilege of being a mother of adopted children from Africa.
As I grew into my teen years, the Lord continued to water that seed He had planted in me. At that time there were a lot of campaigns on TV talking about feeding the hungry in Africa, raising money for health care expenses and medications for those on the streets in Africa and so on. Those TV campaigns continued to make me think about how I could be a part of the change.
I chose an educational path where I got my BS and MS degrees in Child Development and went onto a career as a Child Life Specialist providing pscho-social support to children who had been diagnosed with cancer. It was during this time where I was able to learn many things about child development, but also how to work with children when they are in an extremely vulnerable state. It was another seed being watered in my heart for adopting a child who was also in a vulnerable state, all be it for different reasons.
When I met my husband (Kelly) and we discussed what it would look like to start a family, obviously adoption was a big topic of conversation in our house. We both had felt like God was calling us to adopt internationally from Africa somewhere. The Lord first lead us to Ethiopia, where we entered a program that was to take one year to have a child in our home. It ended up taking seven and a half years to adopt our beautiful daughter, Sloane. The process did not go as we would have expected and we had many, many opportunities to stop our adoption or look at a different path, but again, we felt lead to stay the course with Ethiopia. We often think about how significantly different life would be if we would have had it our way with a quick adoption that was not messy. We would have missed out on this amazing plan that God had for our first adoption. Since the adoption took so long, we had enough time to save all of the money that we needed for that adoption.
We again are feeling a leading from the Holy Spirt to grow our family through adopting from Africa. So we started our paperwork last summer to begin the process and we are now in the process of being officially matched with a sweet nine year old boy. We seem like a perfect fit for one another. We have saved and already paid many of the adoption expenses, but with an official referral coming soon, we have some final adoption expenses that are needed to bring him home which are beyond what we have saved. This adoption is requiring an even greater leap of faith financially than our first adoption as the expected costs are greater (with a much longer in-country stay required) and the expected wait time to travel much shorter. We are stepping out in faith as we are trusting the Lord to provide that which he is leading us to.
I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you. John 14:18
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