Friends & Family – We are excited to announce that we are adopting!
This may be the first you have heard about our decision to adopt. We want to take a minute to tell you about our journey and how we have seen God’s faithfulness unfold in our lives.
We have been married for nine years and have always desired to have children. We have known that having children naturally would present its challenges. Over the years, we have prayed and asked God to direct our steps concerning this matter. In order for us to get pregnant, Monica would need to stop taking a medication that has tremendously helped in managing her arthritis. Last year, we realized this was not the best decision for her health. It was then that we accepted that having our children naturally probably would not happen. We felt the full weight of our loss; the baby we would never hold and the life we could not create. We took some time to grieve, process, and pray where God was leading us next.
After some time, we felt God directing us to adopt. We have always had a heart for adoption because we know God’s heart is in adoption. The story of the Gospel is rooted in adoption. God has reconciled us to Him in order for us to be adopted into His family. How amazing is it that we can give a child that same opportunity! That we would be entrusted with the responsibility to raise a child to honor and respect God is something we do not take lightly. The greatest accomplishment we could ever achieve would be to leave a godly legacy through our children.
In November 2018, we felt God leading us to adopt through Faithful Adoption Consultants. We applied and have been approved to adopt! Since November 2018, we have been busy filling out all the required paperwork, getting physicals, completing a home study with a social worker, and other prep work. In May 2019, we became “active” and now are waiting to be matched with a child.
The matching process can be difficult and emotional. We created an adoption profile book which tells our story. Cases are sent to us, and we must decide if we want our adoption profile book presented to the birth parents. If we decide to present, our profile book is sent to the birth parents along with books from other prospective adoptive parents. The birth parents will select a family from those books. If we are chosen, we are “matched” and will begin a journey with the birth parents that continues until after the birth of the baby when the adoption can be finalized.
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 know God is faithful and is leading us to trust Him. We have always wanted two kids and felt we needed to be open to adopting both at the same time in order to derail some of the cost of adoption. However, as we have begun the matching process, we are unsure if this will happen. If it does not, we will pray to see if God is leading us to go through the adoption process a second time.
We have been blessed to partner with Lifesong for Orphans. Through this organization, we have been provided a $4,000 matching grant by We Care for Orphans. 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 $10,000. Our goal date to raise these funds is by August 15, 2019. 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: #8441 Morgan”.
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 the birth mom and baby until we are able to bring the baby home; that God would prepare Monica and I 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.
Josh and Monica Morgan
Family Name: Morgan
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.