The Sleeper’s Hungary Adoption

Adam Sleeper Hoover, Alabama

We met in December 2010, working as baristas at a local coffee shop in Birmingham. We quickly started dating and were married in January of 2012. Prior to meeting, we both attended Auburn University (at the same time), had each lived and worked overseas for a short time. Adam lived and worked in Costa Rica with a mission agency in 2010, and Meredith was in Thailand working with a mission agency in 2009-2010.

The Lord had stirred our hearts toward adoption before we met each other. We have both seen the need orphans have in various contexts in the world. We are compelled by Jesus’ gospel and see the undeniable parallels of adoption and the gospel. However, we are also drawn to adoption by need, not just desire.

Adam has Cystic Fibrosis (CF), and as a result is also a double lung transplant recipient, recently celebrating his 17th transplant anniversary. One of the many impacts of CF is a high rate of male infertility. This is true of Adam as well. We knew this would affect us, so adoption was something we knew we wanted to pursue from the earliest days of our relationship.

After many years, many prayers, tears, and conversations we are following the Lord’s leading to adopt a child from Hungary. We are excited to see our family grow! We are excited to see the Lord use the Gospel parallels of adoption to be a light and an influence in our hearts, the heart of our child and to those around us who we will share our lives with.

We are humbled to ask friends and family to journey with us over the next months as we seek to fund this endeavor! We are even more excited as all our partners get to journey with after we bring our child home!


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 “Sleeper 09535”, 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 35 people
 of  $40,000
303 days left

My Story

We met in December 2010, working as baristas at a local coffee shop in Birmingham. We quickly started dating and were married in January of 2012. Prior to meeting, we both attended Auburn University (at the same time), had each lived and worked overseas for a short time. Adam lived and worked in Costa Rica with a mission agency in 2010, and Meredith was in Thailand working with a mission agency in 2009-2010.

The Lord had stirred our hearts toward adoption before we met each other. We have both seen the need orphans have in various contexts in the world. We are compelled by Jesus’ gospel and see the undeniable parallels of adoption and the gospel. However, we are also drawn to adoption by need, not just desire.

Adam has Cystic Fibrosis (CF), and as a result is also a double lung transplant recipient, recently celebrating his 17th transplant anniversary. One of the many impacts of CF is a high rate of male infertility. This is true of Adam as well. We knew this would affect us, so adoption was something we knew we wanted to pursue from the earliest days of our relationship.

After many years, many prayers, tears, and conversations we are following the Lord’s leading to adopt a child from Hungary. We are excited to see our family grow! We are excited to see the Lord use the Gospel parallels of adoption to be a light and an influence in our hearts, the heart of our child and to those around us who we will share our lives with.

We are humbled to ask friends and family to journey with us over the next months as we seek to fund this endeavor! We are even more excited as all our partners get to journey with after we bring our child home!


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 “Sleeper 09535”, 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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An Update & Thoughts!

May 24, 2021

Over the last several weeks, we have been absolutely astonished by the Lord’s kindness and generosity. All told, we are over halfway to our fundraising goal of $40,000!*

We would be remiss if we only talked about the money, (the monetary aspect of adoption is the means to a life-long story that aims to display the glory of Jesus Christ) but money is an important up-front aspect of this journey. Witnessing the diminishing financial demand of adoption is like a secret look behind the curtain of God’s sovereign work to bring about his purposes.

And that is where our thoughts go – the Lord’s amazing and sovereign purposes.

A phrase we often repeated is ‘the Lord of all can make his resources appear anywhere and anytime He deems they are needed.’ All money belongs to the Lord and He is providing his resources to us as he sees fit. It is a very humbling experience! And because the Lord uses people to perpetuate these gifts – we are awe-struck by the generosity of those through which these gifts have come!

Considering the Lord’s sovereign plan, this also includes all those who has given, supported, prayed, given sacrificially of their time, etc. to help us in our adoption. In particular, we are mindful of those who donated to our garage sale fundraiser; and those who spent hours helping us sort and stage all the items for a successful fundraiser.

There is a three-fold impact – those who are praying, giving financially, and giving of their time! Each of these supporters are now and always connected to the life of our child. You are all invested and have a stake, a claim, an IMPACT in the life of our future child. We are beyond grateful! Each donor and supporter will be mentioned by name to our child in due time, to help our child feel known and loved and accepted!

Our adoption is a small, but mighty parallel of His gospel purposes for all mankind. Where we were unaware of our neediness, the Lord sent us Jesus Christ as Savior to adopt us into the family of God for all eternity – rescuing us from our orphanhood, without hope in the world!

 Love,
Adam & Meredith

 

*Not all funds reflect on our MyStory page due to direct donations to us personally, or through folks who have sent donations directly to LifeSong – only the online donations show up on the MyStory page.

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YOU DID IT!!!

April 7, 2021

WHAT A WEEK!!!!! Really, in less than one week, you did it!!!! We got all the way to the total of our initial $4,000 match!!! This is just a really quick THANK YOU!!!!

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A message from the heart!

April 6, 2021

WOW!

What a week it has been – less than a week really! In less than a week we have witnessed the Lord gracious kindness to us through the generosity of friends and family. Both those we see and keep in touch with daily and weekly; AND those we’ve haven’t seen or kept up with for years! We are blown away by the love, kind words, encouragements, and personal investment (monetary yes, but the heart behind it all) that YOU have shown us! 

More than any thing in my (Adam)’s life, this is the most humbling and eye-opening tangible demonstration of Jesus’ love and God’s trustworthiness I have ever experienced. That statment comes as a shock to me (you?), because I did recieve a life-saving lung transplant many years ago. The difference, and why I say what is happening now is BIGGER, is that I am living this with my eyes wide open! Its as if the Lord  is allowing me to see and witness what is happening as it happens! During my sickness and subseequent lung transplant, it was all hindsight and I was not trully aware (through a lot of it, as I was so sick). I hope this makes sense.

We are so humbled and full of gratitude! May the Lord bless you and keep you. Please be honored by our simple words of thankfulness and gratitude. You are ivested in our child’s life!

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In just One Day

April 2, 2021

 

Yesterday was the very first day of having our LifeSong “MyStory” page published, and not only have so many friends and family expressed tremendous support via social media … but through the generosity of just a FEW people, we’ve seen the Lord’s gracious hand of provision begin to make our fundraising effort feel VERY real! 

3 donations, 2% of our needed funs and 1 family (Adam and Meredith) with over-flowing hearts from the love we are recieving!!! Thank you all!

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Comments

$1,000

Tim and Sally

Jul 10, 2021

“We are so excited for your family. You're in our prayers. Much love, Tim and Sal.”

$500

Kyle and Jessica

Jul 2, 2021

“Y’all! We love you and are thrilled for you to become parents! Thanking God for your baby. And we’re celebrating with you! We love y’all!”

$250

Rebecca

Jun 14, 2021

“Praying for God’s leading in this great work!”

$500

Terra

May 29, 2021

$250

Hidden

May 22, 2021

$50

Hidden

May 20, 2021

$25

Angie

May 19, 2021

“Happy belated birthday!! Hoping all of your birthday wishes come true!!”

$50

Pamela

May 18, 2021

“God’s blessings on your family!”

$200

Starr

May 5, 2021

“We're so happy for you two! I know your parents and extended family must be so excited. Praying that all goes smoothly with the adoption. With love, Starr and Carl”

$400

Cameron

May 5, 2021

$100

Cathy

May 4, 2021

“I am so excited for y'all! I will continue to pray for your journey!”

$50

Mandy

Apr 23, 2021

“I am so excited for you and your husband and hope that everything continue to go smoothly. Prayers for you as you add to your family and blessings to your little one. -Mandy”

$250

Hidden

Apr 20, 2021

$50

Jill

Apr 20, 2021

“I am so thrilled for you and can’t WAIT to see what God will do. Many many blessings to you!!”

$150

Hidden

Apr 18, 2021

“Dear Adam & Meridith We are so excited for you! Continued thoughts and prayers for you. Nellie & Payson”

$100

Louise

Apr 18, 2021

“Praying for y’all as you set out on this amazing adventure. Love y’all”

$500

Gary

Apr 17, 2021

“We love you guys!”

$400

Albert and Becky

Apr 14, 2021

“So proud of you guys for doing this. We are so happy for that lucky baby too!”

$50

Margie and Paul

Apr 10, 2021

$50

Celia/Cecil

Apr 10, 2021

“May God bless you as your journey toward parenthood begins.”

$50

Adriel

Apr 8, 2021

“You guys will be such amazing parents!”

$50

Nick

Apr 7, 2021

$50

Christina

Apr 6, 2021

“So happy for you both, praying for this journey and your child!”

$1,000

Peter and catherine

Apr 6, 2021

“We love you guys, and it’s a blessing to participate.”

$200

Hidden

Apr 6, 2021

“I love your story and wish you every success. By way of connection, Peter and Catherine Daniel are my nephew and niece (in-law).”

$100

Mary

Apr 6, 2021

“So excited for y'all! You're going to be amazing parents!”

$30

Hidden

Apr 5, 2021

“Adam and Meredith, We are so very excited for y’all. Praying that as you walk this journey to your precious child that God will give you all that you need at step of this process. We rejoice with you and your entire family in this wonderful news!”

$1,550

Marian

Apr 4, 2021

“We love you!! Mom, Dad and Alan”

$200

Terry

Apr 3, 2021

“We are very very excited for y’all!! Excited to see how God provides! Love you ❤️both!”

$250

The

Apr 3, 2021

“Love this! And proud of you guys!”

$500

Donny and Allison

Apr 3, 2021

$50

Jennifer

Apr 2, 2021

“May God continue to bless and guide your adoption journey.”

$500

Adriana

Apr 2, 2021

“Praying for your precious baby!”

$200

Sarah

Apr 1, 2021

“Best of luck to all of you! Adam is a cousin I have always had a special spot in my heart for, and I believe he and Meredith will make wonderful parents ❤ Much love from Sarah, Chris and kids (Leo, Josephine, Althea and Louise)”

$100

Hidden

Apr 1, 2021

“what a lucky child to have the 2 of you as parents! Blessings upon Blessings!”