In 2003-2004, we watched as God grew our family through adoption. We looked on in amazement as our family experienced one of the shortest wait periods in the history of Chinese adoption. God answered prayer after prayer for our family, and our faithful family and friends rallied around us to make the adoption possible.
And then, in the midst of a hurricane in Florida, we got The Phone Call and learned about our wonderful daughter. We had prayed that she would be young and not have to spend long in the orphanage. She was only 7 months old at referral! We prayed for the finances, and God provided. Family came to help repair hurricane damage and create a special room for our daughter. What an memorable time of preparation.
Our little girl was placed in our arms on November 9, 2004, and she became Anna LiMei Druckemiller. On November 19, we arrived home in Orlando to a crowd of about 50 friends who had been praying for our family and wanted to celebrate with us. God had created our family in a very special way.
Over the years, Anna has been fiercely loved by family and friends, but sometimes even the most amazing love can’t heal trauma to a baby’s brain when they have been abandoned. No matter how many times she is given hugs and kisses, it can’t heal the impact of no one being there to pick her up when she cried in the first few months of life. But often we don’t see the impact of that trauma until puberty. Oh, we saw glimpses, but sometimes it is hard to determine what is “being a kid” and what is the impact of trauma.
As a result of this early trauma, Anna has had a very difficult time these last few years. Joe and I have done all that we could do to help her, and simply want what is best for her. Anna feels hopeless and has no vision for her future and that is really tough to see because we know how much potential she has. Recently, she has been given the opportunity to attend Compass Rose Academy where she will receive regular counseling and clinical help with her depression and anxiety. When we told her about Compass Rose, we fully expected a fight, but God had softened her heart and she grabbed onto the opportunity like a lifeline and she is excited to attend boarding school.
This was not an easy decision, nor was this idea of sending our daughter to Compass Rose taken lightly. It is extremely expensive, but we saw God at work once again, and we were granted an amazing scholarship. Even though it is an incredibly generous scholarship, it doesn’t cover everything. Joe and I are responsible for about 25% of the monthly costs, PLUS the counseling and medication costs not covered by insurance.
Over the years, Joe and I have drained our savings as we have paid for various hospitalizations, therapies, medications and counseling for Anna. We are thankful for good insurance, but we are praying for an additional $10,000 to help with Anna’s expenses at Compass Rose Academy. We have already applied for and received a grant from Hands of Hope which gave us the opportunity to set up this fundraising page.
Would you consider being part of A New Hope for Anna?
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 “Druckemiller 90264”, 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.
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