Listening to Adventures in Odyssey is one of our favorite past times on long road trips. We chuckle over Eugene’s mishaps and Mr. Whitaker’s life-lessons never get old! Our current trek through adoption is one of the greatest adventures in our marriage so far. (“Greatest” in terms of length, significance, and excitement) – proving to be life-changing in more ways than one! We hope you find our story encouraging and enlightening. (We do plan to update our adoption story regularly – so make sure you check back for more details!)
Our journey toward adoption began long before we were married. Adoption is written into the fabric of who we are. We believe that adoption is a picture of God’s love for us. He has chosen us, Jonathan and Abigail, as a son and daughter -bringing us into his family – loving, guiding, protecting and giving us an inheritance that goes with his name. As God has richly poured out his love on us, in turn, we are excited to pour out our affection on our future children!
Adoptions can cost anywhere from $17,000-$40,000. Sadly that big price tag frightens many amazing potential parents away from adopting. When we first looked into adoption a few years ago, we were quickly disheartened by the cost as well. So we prayed and trusted for a miracle. This summer we felt like God was asking us to step forward in faith so we began our Home Study and presently we are in the “waiting game.” We are waiting to be matched with an expectant family and attempting to raise the rest of our funds to process the adoption. Last week, God generously blessed us with a matching grant from Lifesong for Orphans which will match up to $4,000 of funds donated to our adoption! (If you want to make a tax-deductible donation, see below for directions.)
There is an ancient proverb that says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” While we have hoped to build our family for several years, it is now our prayer that adoption would plant a life-giving seed in our child’s birth-family and that our family would grow into a life-giving tree of love as we look forward to adopting again in the years to come – maybe internationally or maybe through foster care – however God leads.
To be continued…
How to get involved:
- Pray for expecting parents considering an adoption plan for their child(ren)
- Educate us as new parents – Comment with your favorite parenting book/resource.
- Donate to the Olsen Adoption Fund – see below for directions.
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 “Olsen 8135”, 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.