Why would a busy family with four biological children pursue adoption? Our story begins nearly a decade ago when we were a young married couple desperately wanting children. Back then it was hard to celebrate when friends and family announced they were expecting. For several years Holly and I wanted kids, but had been unable to conceive. We even began visiting a fertility doctor without success. In desperation, we began to pursue adoption, but God had other plans.
In July 2010 our son Jonah was born. He would be followed by Zoe in 2012, Phoebe in 2014, and Ella in 2016. But even as our family grew, our desire to welcome a child into our home through adoption grew as well.
Two Scriptures in particular led us to this life-changing decision. First, James 1:27 which says “Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep one unstained from the world.” Second, James 2:15 which says, “If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, stay warm, and be well fed,’ but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it?”
God used these two passages mightily in our lives to convince us that He is calling us to care for orphans in a specific way, by welcoming a vulnerable child into our family.
Our adoption journey hasn’t always been an easy one. It’s been fraught with fears, worries, impatience, and plenty of unknowns. God is using this journey in our lives to teach us of His incredible pursuing love for us.
We know that as Christians we’ve been adopted by our Heavenly Father, and we hope that by obeying God’s leading to adopt we can display this Good News to others (Eph. 1:3-6).
Although we’re confident God has led us to adopt, we are unable to proceed without a lot of help. God has blessed us by allowing us to complete the Home Study and dossier phases of the adoption with our own savings and the help of a few close friends and family members. But to complete our journey, we’ll need to raise another $20,000. We hope you’ll consider joining us in our efforts to bring our child home. And if not, we’ll rest in confidence that where God leads us He won’t leave us. Where He sends, He supplies!
NOTE: The first $3000 in donations we receive will be matched, due to a $3000 matching grant we have been awarded from We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans.
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 “Boutot 7275”, 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.