Our Sweet Sam

Callie Troyer
Callie Troyer LaGrange, Kentucky

Four years ago, in early 2017, Brian and I saw a photo of a little boy we couldn’t forget. He was with a foster care organization in China we had recently connected with, so we began seeing updates about him every few months. And every time we saw him, we prayed again that a family would come. Though we didn’t know it yet on that day in early 2017, we were just a few weeks away from seeing our Giddy’s face for the very first time. We would travel to Korea, bring our son home, and be absolutely smitten by our little boy’s big joy as we learned to be a family! And another few years would pass, years spent praying every chance we got that God would raise up a family for this other little boy we couldn’t forget.

In late September 2020, days after I turned 30, Brian and I both felt God stirring us to begin the adoption process one more time. We talked about returning to Korea, an easy choice for our family because it was a program we already loved. But every time we started down that path, it just didn’t feel right. One night, as we prayed once again for this precious little boy in China, still somehow waiting for a family, we suddenly looked at each other and said, “Are we the family we’ve been praying for all these years?”

And over the last 8 months of home study visits, paperwork, and unexpected conversations, God has made it abundantly clear that we are. It was us. It was always him. He is our sweet Sam! We have received his referral, and now we face a very unknown process and timeline. Our hope and prayer is to have our boy in our arms by the end of this year, though we know it could be much longer than that. After almost four years of praying for this precious little boy, we will (hopefully) soon get to call him our SON. And we just can’t wait.

Our adoption expenses for this adoption are estimated to be about $45,000 but could be higher pending quarantine and travel restrictions when we are able to travel to our Sam. We are so grateful and humbled to share that we have been awarded a $5,000 matching grant through Lifesong and a $5,000 matching grant through the Tim Tebow Foundation. That means that every dollar given to help bring our sweet boy home  - up to $10,000  - will be matched dollar for dollar. $10,000 becomes $20,000...which would get us to almost half of the total adoption!


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 “Troyer 09656”, 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.
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Raised to date by 43 people
 of  $45,000
185 days left

My Story

Four years ago, in early 2017, Brian and I saw a photo of a little boy we couldn’t forget. He was with a foster care organization in China we had recently connected with, so we began seeing updates about him every few months. And every time we saw him, we prayed again that a family would come. Though we didn’t know it yet on that day in early 2017, we were just a few weeks away from seeing our Giddy’s face for the very first time. We would travel to Korea, bring our son home, and be absolutely smitten by our little boy’s big joy as we learned to be a family! And another few years would pass, years spent praying every chance we got that God would raise up a family for this other little boy we couldn’t forget.

In late September 2020, days after I turned 30, Brian and I both felt God stirring us to begin the adoption process one more time. We talked about returning to Korea, an easy choice for our family because it was a program we already loved. But every time we started down that path, it just didn’t feel right. One night, as we prayed once again for this precious little boy in China, still somehow waiting for a family, we suddenly looked at each other and said, “Are we the family we’ve been praying for all these years?”

And over the last 8 months of home study visits, paperwork, and unexpected conversations, God has made it abundantly clear that we are. It was us. It was always him. He is our sweet Sam! We have received his referral, and now we face a very unknown process and timeline. Our hope and prayer is to have our boy in our arms by the end of this year, though we know it could be much longer than that. After almost four years of praying for this precious little boy, we will (hopefully) soon get to call him our SON. And we just can’t wait.

Our adoption expenses for this adoption are estimated to be about $45,000 but could be higher pending quarantine and travel restrictions when we are able to travel to our Sam. We are so grateful and humbled to share that we have been awarded a $5,000 matching grant through Lifesong and a $5,000 matching grant through the Tim Tebow Foundation. That means that every dollar given to help bring our sweet boy home  - up to $10,000  - will be matched dollar for dollar. $10,000 becomes $20,000...which would get us to almost half of the total adoption!


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 “Troyer 09656”, 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.
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Matching Grant Matched!

September 2, 2021

We are so very thankful to each and every one of you who has given to help bring our Sam home so far! On August 31, we officially met our matching grant from Lifesong and Tim Tebow Foundation, and we are just so grateful. 

We have about $25,000 left in fees and expenses, plus or minus whatever quarantine might cost when we are able to travel. We just submitted out application to renew our home study, as it expires in March. Our next big round of fees will happen when we receive “LOA” or “Letter of Acceptance” from China, legally matching us with our Sam. The issuing of LOAs is currently on hold by China, but this step could happen any day, at whatever point China feels it is safe to resume adoptions with COVID restrictions in place. We are praying we hear some sort of news by the end of 2021. 

We love you all! Please keep praying our sweet boy home. 

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$250

Greg & Beth

Dec 14, 2021

“May God Bless you and keep you! Love , The Burden’s”

$500

Offline Donation

Sep 9, 2021

$10,000

Offline Donation

Aug 31, 2021

$233

Offline Donation

Aug 31, 2021

$2,700

Offline Donation

Aug 31, 2021

$97

Offline Donation

Aug 28, 2021

$100

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Aug 27, 2021

“Praying for your sweet Sam!”

$100

Brittany

Aug 26, 2021

“Pushing you over that matching grant edge ;D”

$100

Courtney

Aug 16, 2021

“We appreciate all the support you’ve provided our family. We wanted to provide a little support too. Excited for your family to bring home Sam!”

$225

Rick and Darla

Aug 15, 2021

“We are excited about Dear Sweet Sam and love to see all the updates!! We love you and miss you all so much! Praying for God's working in China and keeping Sam safe and healthy! He is the best caretaker and Sweet Sam has lots of prayers behind him! Hugs and much love! Uncle Rick and Aunt Darla”

$2,115

Offline Donation

Aug 7, 2021

$843

Haley

Aug 6, 2021

“necklace fundraiser”

$50

Hidden

Jul 25, 2021

$500

McKenzie

Jul 20, 2021

“For the Troyer on the other side of the world - we can’t wait to meet you, Sam! We love you so much, Troyers! 💜”

$160

Jeff and Anna

Jul 18, 2021

“We are so excited for you all and your journey with Sam joining the family! Thanks for letting us be a part and hear all the good news!”

$250

Amanda and Cory

Jul 17, 2021

“For our dear Sam”

$300

John Michael+Sabrina

Jul 16, 2021

$300

Luke & Rosie

Jul 10, 2021

$500

Hidden

Jul 9, 2021

“Congratulations!!”

$40

Hidden

Jul 8, 2021

$20

Hidden

Jul 5, 2021

$25

Lindsey

Jul 4, 2021

“We love you guys!!! 💜”

$200

Hidden

Jul 3, 2021

$20

Hidden

Jul 1, 2021

$1,000

Hidden

Jun 28, 2021

$100

Elizabeth

Jun 27, 2021

“The McGlatherys love you guys and are praying for your journey!”

$50

Katelin

Jun 27, 2021

“So excited for you all to get Sam home!”

$100

Amanda

Jun 26, 2021

“We are praying for you all!”

$100

Jason & Carolyn

Jun 26, 2021

“Blessings on your journey friends!”

$50

Alex & Jamie

Jun 26, 2021

$1,022

AARON

Jun 26, 2021

“We are so happy for you!”

$35

Hidden

Jun 26, 2021

$20

Sara

Jun 25, 2021

“So excited for your darling family!”

$100

Lauren

Jun 25, 2021

“So excited for you and your sweet family!”

$500

Alicia

Jun 25, 2021

“We love you all!”

$200

Randy

Jun 25, 2021

$100

Lauren

Jun 25, 2021

“Love you!”

$40

Kali

Jun 25, 2021

“Hoping you can bring sweet Sam home soon ❤️”

$500

Jeremy

Jun 24, 2021

“Love you guys! Praying for what’s to come!”

$200

Kristen

Jun 24, 2021

“God always provides. He is providing for Sam through your beautiful family and he will provide to you through those that love you. So happy for you!”

$75

Hidden

Jun 24, 2021

$50

Hidden

Jun 24, 2021

“You are loved, Sam!”

$50

Amy

Jun 24, 2021

“I hope you have your boys in your arms soon!”