11 years ago, I was grieving. I just had my 2nd miscarriage after several unsuccessful attempts to conceive. I was so desperate to have a child. Up to this point, everything in my life had gone according to my plans. I graduated college, got married, got a great job, bought a house, and so on. My life was exactly how I planned it. It was after my second miscarriage that I first started considering adoption. I prayed to God to let my husband be on board, but he wasn’t, and I’m so glad. It wasn’t God’s timing and I was being selfish. Adoption to me at that point had nothing to do with God’s call for us to care for orphans but instead was my selfish desire to have a child. Later that year I had my first child, Reese, who was a beautiful and healthy baby girl. When Reese turned one, I was surprised to find out I was pregnant with baby #2. In October of 2011, I gave birth to our second daughter, Maebry Ann. All was right in MY world. My plan for my life was back on tract, but God had other plans. Proverbs 16:9 says it best, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
A couple of years ago the Holy Spirit started stirring in my heart the thought of adoption again. My husband and I would discuss sometimes at bedtime and then we would easily dismiss it. Why would we adopt? We had two perfectly healthy little girls and were completely content with our lives. God continued to work on me and my husband through the Holy Spirit. Through numerous prayers, time spent in the Word, and signs of affirmation (there are too many to count) it became clear to both of us we had to fully surrender our lives to God and pursue adoption. Our biggest holdup was the expense and we just didn’t know where to start. When we told some of our closest friends about our plans to adopt and the only reason we may not is the expense they just looked at us and said, “If you are called to adopt, God will provide.” Wow! How could we not trust God when he was the one leading and guiding us.
We are no longer to live our lives for Jesus lukewarm! Are we scared? Yes! But isn’t that what God wants? We are ready to see God’s plan unravel in our lives and the lives of our children. We must step out in faith and trust Him. We are nervous, excited, scared, and thrilled to see how God works through our adoption. We pray our story will be one that bring God glory and point people to Jesus. We realize the road ahead is not going to be easy, but we were never promised easy.
Galatians 4:4-5 “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.”
Our biggest expense during the adoption process will be travel to and from China. We plan to take our children as we feel it is so important to help with bonding. We are so thankful for your consideration to help us financially so that together we can defend the fatherless.
Jared and Robin Otte
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 “Otte 08947”, 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.