Our Adoption Story

Prentiss Morris
Prentiss Morris Madison, Mississippi

(From the perspective of the Father)

To all of our friends and family and anyone else who came across our page – here is our story!

As many of you already know, we are adopting.  This is not something that we were planning but something we know that God is calling us to do.  This story starts about 12 years ago after the birth of our second child.  We have two biological children – Kathryn (age 15) and Sam (age 12).

My wife always desired to have a third but I did not feel the same way.  I stated that “I was good” and that the only way we would have another is if God made it happen.  I was very content and did not see a need to change.

If anyone knows anything about the Christian life, is that God does not call us to be content or comfortable and I started to feel that challenge.  I felt that God was calling us to do more!  I told Laura and told her to be ready for what God was calling us to do.  So, we prayed and sought after God and felt that God was telling us to sell our house and car and move to something that could help us focus more on him.  I have to tell you – that was not an easy decision!  We loved that house but God clearly reminded us that we are not to put anything over him!

Fast forward – we started paying off debt, focusing more on our children, family vacations and mission trips.  For a long time, I have felt called to missions.  During that first trip, another missionary and I were approached by a little girl and she asked us to adopt her.  It broke my heart!  But that was about it – we got home and I didn’t think about it too much.  More time went on and my wife and I started to help with an adoption ministry that we have at our church (Hearts of Compassion).  Soon after we started, little did I know that my wife started to pray more consistently about either having a third child or through adoption.

Hearts of Compassion is something that we are involved with each year and each year we saw more and more families being helped and children finding their ‘forever home’.  During this process, I had thought about the idea of adoption but to be totally transparent, it scared me to death.  I knew that God has called us all to care for orphans and widows but I didn’t think God was calling us to do that because I hadn’t had my ‘burning bush’ moment.  You know that moment when God is speaking clearly to you – that moment when it is written clearly in the sky!  I didn’t have that moment so I didn’t do anything.  What I did have happen was God’s ‘small, still voice’ and this consistent burden for orphans.  I allowed a few more years to pass and we finally decided to go to an informational meeting with an adoption agency.  We got alot of information and then we didn’t really do anything with it.  We let about another year go by and then it happened.

I still couldn’t get rid of that tug so I had lunch with my pastor and my pastor gave me the best advice, and it is something I am going to challenge you with!  If God has put something on your heart, you should ‘ASSUME YES’.  If it is in his word and he has placed it on your heart and not given you the freedom to move on – you assume yes.  If it is not his will, then he will correct your path.  After that lunch, I realized that we WERE adopting so I came home and told Laura.  After she and I talked, I felt that we should go in front of the church and tell them that we need prayer for some big decisions we needed to make.  We did not state what we were doing but that we needed prayer.  After that, Laura and I felt that we would move forward with the adoption application.  We would continue to move forward until God brought it to completion or he stopped it.  We filled out the adoption application and were accepted - from then on we have been in the adoption process.

A few weeks after we first presented ourselved to the front of the church, I felt that God was telling us to go in front of the church again and let the church know what we were doing.  I started to tell God that it wasn’t “necessary” and that “we had already done that”.  After that, I told him that if he would like us to present ourselves to the church, for him to have Laura come and tell me that is what we needed to do.  It didn’t take 2 minutes and I felt a tap on my shoulder and Laura asking if I think we should tell everyone at the church that we were adopting.  That was all I needed to hear and we did just that.  Through all of this – we know that God is calling us to do this and this is where we need your help.

How you can help (STEP 1) – Prayer

We need your prayers!  This is the most important thing that you can do!  God is in this and we need you to continue to lift up me and Laura, Kathryn and Sam and our newest addition.  We are feeling called to adopt from China from birth – 2.  Not sure if it will be a boy or girl but we know that God knows.

How you can help (STEP 2) – Financial Need

In addition to prayer, we also ask you to join us in this journey through your financial support.  The estimated cost for bringing our child home is $35,000.00, this includes travel.  That’s certainly money we don’t have, but as we prayed for God’s leading to adopt, God was calling us to trust Him in the whole process, including finances.  By God’s grace we have been able to pay the initial adoption expenses – around $4,100.  Our church family at Colonial Heights Baptist Church has partnered with Lifesong for Orphans and committed an Adoption Matching Grant of $7000 to help pay our adoption expenses.  Will you please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us meet this matching grant and cover the remaining $30,900.00 adoption expenses to bring our child home? Our goal date is December 31, but funds will be accepted towards our adoption until our child is home and/or our adoption is complete.

Please make checks payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo, note  (Morris/#8529) to assure it goes to the correct account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744. Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all U.S. administrative and fund-raising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

Another option is to give online. To pay online click the DONATE button on this page. NOTE: Your donation is processed by STRIPE with a 2.2% + $.30 (3.5% for AMEX) per transaction fee.

In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.

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. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.

If you want to follow any other updates or prayer requests we do have a blog:  www.newbeginnings2love.wordpress.com.  I will try to update as much as possible.

We can’t wait for our family to all be together and for you all to meet  our newest addition!

To God be the Glory!

Prentiss, Laura, Kathryn and Sam Morris

 

 


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 “Morris 08529”, 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.
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My Story

(From the perspective of the Father)

To all of our friends and family and anyone else who came across our page – here is our story!

As many of you already know, we are adopting.  This is not something that we were planning but something we know that God is calling us to do.  This story starts about 12 years ago after the birth of our second child.  We have two biological children – Kathryn (age 15) and Sam (age 12).

My wife always desired to have a third but I did not feel the same way.  I stated that “I was good” and that the only way we would have another is if God made it happen.  I was very content and did not see a need to change.

If anyone knows anything about the Christian life, is that God does not call us to be content or comfortable and I started to feel that challenge.  I felt that God was calling us to do more!  I told Laura and told her to be ready for what God was calling us to do.  So, we prayed and sought after God and felt that God was telling us to sell our house and car and move to something that could help us focus more on him.  I have to tell you – that was not an easy decision!  We loved that house but God clearly reminded us that we are not to put anything over him!

Fast forward – we started paying off debt, focusing more on our children, family vacations and mission trips.  For a long time, I have felt called to missions.  During that first trip, another missionary and I were approached by a little girl and she asked us to adopt her.  It broke my heart!  But that was about it – we got home and I didn’t think about it too much.  More time went on and my wife and I started to help with an adoption ministry that we have at our church (Hearts of Compassion).  Soon after we started, little did I know that my wife started to pray more consistently about either having a third child or through adoption.

Hearts of Compassion is something that we are involved with each year and each year we saw more and more families being helped and children finding their ‘forever home’.  During this process, I had thought about the idea of adoption but to be totally transparent, it scared me to death.  I knew that God has called us all to care for orphans and widows but I didn’t think God was calling us to do that because I hadn’t had my ‘burning bush’ moment.  You know that moment when God is speaking clearly to you – that moment when it is written clearly in the sky!  I didn’t have that moment so I didn’t do anything.  What I did have happen was God’s ‘small, still voice’ and this consistent burden for orphans.  I allowed a few more years to pass and we finally decided to go to an informational meeting with an adoption agency.  We got alot of information and then we didn’t really do anything with it.  We let about another year go by and then it happened.

I still couldn’t get rid of that tug so I had lunch with my pastor and my pastor gave me the best advice, and it is something I am going to challenge you with!  If God has put something on your heart, you should ‘ASSUME YES’.  If it is in his word and he has placed it on your heart and not given you the freedom to move on – you assume yes.  If it is not his will, then he will correct your path.  After that lunch, I realized that we WERE adopting so I came home and told Laura.  After she and I talked, I felt that we should go in front of the church and tell them that we need prayer for some big decisions we needed to make.  We did not state what we were doing but that we needed prayer.  After that, Laura and I felt that we would move forward with the adoption application.  We would continue to move forward until God brought it to completion or he stopped it.  We filled out the adoption application and were accepted - from then on we have been in the adoption process.

A few weeks after we first presented ourselved to the front of the church, I felt that God was telling us to go in front of the church again and let the church know what we were doing.  I started to tell God that it wasn’t “necessary” and that “we had already done that”.  After that, I told him that if he would like us to present ourselves to the church, for him to have Laura come and tell me that is what we needed to do.  It didn’t take 2 minutes and I felt a tap on my shoulder and Laura asking if I think we should tell everyone at the church that we were adopting.  That was all I needed to hear and we did just that.  Through all of this – we know that God is calling us to do this and this is where we need your help.

How you can help (STEP 1) – Prayer

We need your prayers!  This is the most important thing that you can do!  God is in this and we need you to continue to lift up me and Laura, Kathryn and Sam and our newest addition.  We are feeling called to adopt from China from birth – 2.  Not sure if it will be a boy or girl but we know that God knows.

How you can help (STEP 2) – Financial Need

In addition to prayer, we also ask you to join us in this journey through your financial support.  The estimated cost for bringing our child home is $35,000.00, this includes travel.  That’s certainly money we don’t have, but as we prayed for God’s leading to adopt, God was calling us to trust Him in the whole process, including finances.  By God’s grace we have been able to pay the initial adoption expenses – around $4,100.  Our church family at Colonial Heights Baptist Church has partnered with Lifesong for Orphans and committed an Adoption Matching Grant of $7000 to help pay our adoption expenses.  Will you please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us meet this matching grant and cover the remaining $30,900.00 adoption expenses to bring our child home? Our goal date is December 31, but funds will be accepted towards our adoption until our child is home and/or our adoption is complete.

Please make checks payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo, note  (Morris/#8529) to assure it goes to the correct account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744. Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all U.S. administrative and fund-raising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

Another option is to give online. To pay online click the DONATE button on this page. NOTE: Your donation is processed by STRIPE with a 2.2% + $.30 (3.5% for AMEX) per transaction fee.

In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.

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. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.

If you want to follow any other updates or prayer requests we do have a blog:  www.newbeginnings2love.wordpress.com.  I will try to update as much as possible.

We can’t wait for our family to all be together and for you all to meet  our newest addition!

To God be the Glory!

Prentiss, Laura, Kathryn and Sam Morris

 

 


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 “Morris 08529”, 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.
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Time is short!

September 7, 2019

I tried to post a video but I don’t think it worked.  If not, just click the link above.

Time is short!  Our life is only but a vapor!  What we do matters and what we don’t do matters even more.  The enemy wants to deceive us and tell us that we have ‘forever’ to take care of that task or you can wait till tomorrow to ‘ask for forgiveness from that loved one or friend’.  Or that you can wait to do what you feel God is calling you to do.  The enemy says, ‘There will always be tomorrow and you can do it then’.  This is a lie!  We are not guaranteed tomorrow or even today.  We need to make sure we take care of those things ‘NOW’ because we don’t know when our last day will be.

I would encourage you to watch this video and to sit and internalize what all of this means to you.  After that – write down some goals and get started today on what God is calling you to do.  I am not sure what he is calling you to do but I do know that he wants us to make the most for his kingdom while we have the time that we have on this earth.  The most important thing you can do now if you haven’t already, is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  To make sure that you know where you are going when you die.  The bible is clear, we must repent of our sins and ask Jesus to come into our life to save us, to become our Lord and Savior.  In Acts 3:19, it says ‘Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord’ and Romans 10:9 says, ‘If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved’.  This is the most important thing you can do!

This video was shared with me a few weeks ago and I can honestly share that I have watched it most every morning!  It gives me perspective each and every day and I now have a renewed sense of urgency for our adoption.  I know God’s timing is perfect but I also know that he does not want us to sit idly by without a purpose and drive for his kingdom.  I don’t know where our child is or if they have been born yet but what we do know is that we need to work diligently and not let the enemy come in and distract us.  That is what he does, he will come in and give you small distractions that don’t seem that big but we have got to have blinders on to stay focused on what God has called us to do.

Please continue to pray for us!  We have just sent out more paperwork and are putting together our Dossier.  After that, we will hopefully be able to start ‘matching’.  We will keep you all in the loop.  Thank you for your support!  We are continuing to fund raise and we have alot of different options.  You can order a tshirt (by September 21), buy coffee, join our team for the Hearts of Compassion 5k or simply donate.  Whatever God is calling you to do – we would greatly appreciate it! 

God Bless!

Prentiss, Laura, Kathryn and Sam Morris 

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Homestudy

August 31, 2019

Good afternoon!  Hope everyone is doing well!  This is an update for all of you who are keeping up with our journey. We are in the last revision of our home study and are fixing to send off one more piece of paperwork. After that, they will start the matching process!  We are excited but nervous. Please pray for discernment as we approach this next part. 

Thankful for all of you and your prayers!  

Prentiss, Laura, Kathryn and Sam Morris

 

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God is at work!

August 22, 2019

God is certainly at work!  We have seen him at work since the beginning!  Thank you all who have donated!  Your funds are going directly to bringing our child home and we can’t thank you enough!

We have gotten alot further than we were when we first started and this is all due to God and him working through you.  Thank you for joining us in our journey! 

We are steadily working on more paperwork and after all of that is finished, they will start to move in the process of ‘matching’.  This is where they match the child with the family.  We are excited about this but also anxious.  Please pray for discernment!

We will keep yall updated! 

Thank you!

Prentiss, Laura, Kathryn and Sam Morris

 

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