Jon Jon and I both have always individually felt a strong draw towards adopting a child into our family. We began taking steps towards making that a reality one year ago. We began having practical discussions and devoting ourselves to prayer and reading. We met with families who have adopted to gain a greater perspective. The “when” is what was stopping us. We were waiting for this magical time that didn’t exist, where life would be easy and all would be right. Well that isn’t how life works and certainly not how God operates. About 2 months ago, we both felt a peace about entering into this very real season of adoption, which we fully understand will carry with it tremendous joy and most likely tremendous suffering.
Jesus tells his disciples in John 14:18, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” This world is not our home. We long to be united with our heavenly Father. But the good news is that we have already been adopted into our Father’s family. We share in the riches of the Son.
Jesus has already come to us, in our orphaned state, and he will continue to intercede for us as we move towards hard places and broken people.
So our journey continues…
We have officially signed a contract with Children of All Nations and we have chosen to adopt from Malawi. If any of you do not know, Jon Jon grew up in Malawi. It is his home. We spent 2 years of our married lives in Malawi serving on the mission field with African Bible Colleges. When the beginnings of this adoption story fell into place, we knew Malawi made the most sense for our family.
We pray for our child every day. It has proven to be an eye-opening testing of my daily faith with my own children. I hold a facade that I am in complete control of my biological children who live under my roof. Meanwhile our child in Malawi is completely out of our control right now. I can’t do anything to feed my child or protect my child from pain. I pray and I pray and then I pray more. I pray for the preservation of our child and for his or her heavenly Father to hold him or her near.
We need your help in praying. This is just the beginning. And it won’t be easy. It will be time consuming and it will have its ups and down.
1. Pray for our child – for their health, their safety, their heart.
2. Pray for the birth parents – the mother may not be pregnant yet, she may be pregnant currently, or the parents may not even be in the picture anymore.
3. Pray for the process. Pray that we would trust the Lord in this process.
We need your help in raising funds. We will be opening up an account with Lifesong for Orphans once we have finished our home study process in a few months. They match donations given, all donations are tax-deductible, and 100% of the money given goes directly to our adoption fund. We will also be holding fundraisers in the future and would love to keep you updated on those as they come along.
Thank you for your support of our family in the past and thank you for partnering with us again!
Lauren and Jon Jon Spencer
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 “Spencer 10008”, 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.
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