We have been married for twelve years and God has blessed us with three beautiful children. We both love that adoption is a beautiful picture of God choosing to take on sinners, like us, into his family (Gal. 4) and we also see in the scriptures how God entrusts his followers to care for the vulnerable. The Lord individually softened our heart for adoption over 15 years ago and he is now calling our family to take steps of faith as we trust him to continue to build our family through adoption.
We chose India because it is home to 20 million orphans, the largest population of orphans in the world today. We were also inspired by the story of Amy Carmichael, the Christian missionary who rescued countless orphan girls from temple prostitution.
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 “Merkling 10703”, 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.
- *3.5% fee for donations given with an American Express card