The Call to Adopt
We have always said that we wanted to adopt “someday,” but after we had our second child, our son Greer, suddenly the call to adopt no longer felt theoretical. We felt impressed that God wanted us to pursue adoption today, not “someday,” to pursue it not just in daydreams but in paperwork and process and financial commitment. We were unable to get the idea out of our heads. Together we read Russell Moore’s book Adopted for Life, and it reminded us that we are considered a son and a daughter of God not because we were born that way, but because Jesus made a way for us to be family. Adoption is precious to God, and it has become precious to us, too. After meeting with Bethany Christian Services, we both felt with absolute certainty that this was the way that God wanted us to grow our family. We have been praying for and dreaming about our third child since we officially decided to adopt in the summer of 2016.
Luke is a pastor, and Caroline is a writer and a stay at home mom. We both feel a strong pull towards ministry, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to join together to influence others towards Jesus. Our favorite things to do are the simple, regular things: everyone around the dinner table, getting ice cream, and sleepy mornings with the whole family. Our Adelaide is 3.5 years old, and she is bouncy, creative, determined, and loves to celebrate. She loves noodles, horses, telling it like it is, and changing her shoes a hundred times a day. Greer is 2, and he is silly, easy-going, and mischievous. We joke that he’s Santa trapped in a toddler body, and he always smells like maple (from his favorite breakfast, oatmeal), and loves wearing his hat, a Yankees flatbill that he picked out himself. Each of us is thrilled to be expanding our family, and we are eagerly awaiting the day when we meet the newest Saunders.
Through personal investment, the investment of a few precious friends, and our “Stay Weird” t-shirt fundraiser, our once seemingly astronomical adoption cost is down to just $10,000! (Never thought we’d put a “just” in front of a number like that!)
We have been awarded a $3,000 matching grant from Colonial Heights Baptist Church Adoption Fund, administered by Lifesong for Orphans. That means if we raise $3,000, they will match it for a total of $6,000! How amazing is that? That means your donation amount is DOUBLY EFFECTIVE in bringing home the newest Saunders kid! If we can pull that off, we’ll just have $4,000 left. That’s why we’ve set our goal on this page to raise $7,000 (because it really means we’ll have the full $10,000 thanks to this generous grant!). To make our Algebra teachers proud, it look something like this:
Saunders Remaining Adoptions Expenses $10,000 =
Colonial Heights Grant ($3,000 x 2) + Remaining Funds ($4,000)
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 “Saunders 7246”, 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.