We are Joe and Gretchen Tonellato, and we need your help to bring our baby home. We have been married for 18 years, and we have had a desire for a child from the beginning. After trying for years to have a baby, we were told we could not have one on our own. A few fertility treatments were proposed, but that was not something that we felt that God wanted us to do. It was devastating for us to hear we would be unable to have biological children.
We have always thought about adoption, but it never seemed to be God’s timing for us. Since January 2018, God has opened many doors for us to adopt. We believe it is now the right time and what God has for us to do. We keep going through the doors He opens for us, and the next one is the financing. Without that, we cannot go any farther.
The biggest challenge we have to overcome is finding the finances to make this happen. The estimated total cost for the adoption is $40,000. That’s certainly money we don’t have, but we know God is faithful and is leading us to trust Him. We are very thankful that we have been awarded a $2500 matching grant from Center Grove Presbyterian Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. Honestly, it’s a little difficult (because of our pride) to make our needs known to our friends and family, but we realize it is Biblical to do so. The Bibles says in Galatians 6:2 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
We have realized that there are children everywhere that need love, the chance for a better life, and most importantly, the knowledge of the Bible and God. We feel we can give that to a child. We are confident that if this is what God has for us then He will supply what we need. We have so much love in our hearts to give, and we can’t wait to welcome a child into our home!
We thank you for considering helping us and being a part of our adoption journey. Please pray for the amount you wish to donate and follow the instructions below. We are greatly appreciative of your help and generosity. May God bless you.
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 “Tonellato 8053”, 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.