Hello!! We are Jason and Elizabeth Smith, and our family is so excited to be adopting from Uganda. The call to adopt began years ago for us. Before we were even engaged we talked about adopting and planned to do it…even though we weren’t sure how or when it would happen. One of the scriptures we memorized together while courting was James 1:27 – “Religion God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” We both felt that part of the way God was asking us to personally follow the calling in this verse was to care for orphans through adoption.
In the Fall of 2017, seven years and three children by birth later, Elizabeth went to Uganda to visit a friend and do some mission work. While in Uganda God made it clear to her that Uganda was the first place He wanted us to adopt from. This was an unexpected curveball as we had been looking at adopting domestically, but after much thought and prayer Jason also felt like God was leading us to adopt from Uganda. Adoption from Uganda is unique in that the Ugandan adoption laws require an adoptive family to foster the child for a year before beginning the adoption process in Uganda (which can take up to another year). These laws are in place to help curb the epidemic of children being trafficked, so in saying “yes” to adopting from Uganda we were also saying “yes” to moving to Uganda for 18-24 months. This is a radical step of faith for us, but God has made it abundantly clear that this is what He is calling us to do, so we are walking in obedience in this wild adventure.
It has been a longer journey than we expected with a miscarriage and a new baby thrown in the mix, but in January 2020, we were thrilled to finally get the long-awaited call from our adoption agency with the referral of a three year old little boy! We cannot wait to move to Uganda to begin fostering our little man. Right now, the borders of Uganda are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are hoping and praying they will reopen so we can still go this Summer.
With great humility we are asking for your financial help! As many of you probably know, the cost of adoption is extremely high. In total, our adoption will probably be around $30,000-$35,000. And that’s not including the cost of moving to Uganda and living there for several years. Jason will have to quit his job with the City of Columbus and is hoping to be able to work online remotely from Uganda. This is a huge step of faith financially for us. We truly are trusting in God to provide as He is the One who has guided us in this.
We’ve received a matching grant from Lifesong for Orphans for $3,000 -- for every dollar you give, Lifesong for Orphans will match that dollar all the way up to $3,000. So, if you give $25, it’s actually like giving $50, how cool is that? Every little bit truly does help! Our goal is to raise $20,000, and the goal date for our grant is September 1, 2020, but funds will be accepted until the adoption is complete. You can either donate here online or by check. Please make checks payable to “Lifesong for Orphans.” In the memo, note “family account number, 08836” and “family name, Smith” 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.
We are truly grateful for all your love and support on this wild & wonderful adventure God has led us on!
Jason & Elizabeth
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 “Smith 08836”, 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.
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