Hi! Thank you for considering partnering with us in our adoption journey! It's been a looonnnngggg 2.5 year process and we are weary but are trusting in the Lord's sovereignty and waiting on His perfect plan.
We started our homestudy in May 2019 and completed it relatively quickly. Then we had a glitch with a background check delay. Then COVID hit and the world shut down... but we continued to see God's handiwork through all the waiting.
We were matched with a sweet boy in China in November 2020 but we got news he was adopted domestically in March 2021 while we were waiting for travel to open back up so we could go get him. Our hearts were broken, yet we persevered.
After that, we felt like pursing an adoption in Columbia, South America would be a better fit since travel to China didn't look like it was opening up any time soon. However, several months into our process of hoping to adopt from Columbia, we have hit another road block. Columbia requires original birth and marriage certificates, both of which we only have one copy for Keith and have been advised not to let our only copies go. Request for new copies from South Africa are averaging well over a year right now.
So, back to ground zero it seems. We are even more weary but also so confident God has the perfect match for us!
After prayerful consideration, we have decided to switch to an organization that works with the country of Malawi in Africa and pursue an adoption from there.
As you can imagine, adoptions under the best of circumstances are quite expensive. They can range from $30,000-40,000. We have had some extremely generous friends walking through this journey with us and they are still some of our biggest cheerleaders. However, with these delays and changes, additional costs have been accruing and we wanted to extend an opportunity for our friends and family to join us in our journey. Would you consider joining us to adopt a child?
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 “Lugthart 08687”, 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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