Thank you for choosing to come along side us and be a part of the adventure God has called us to. Most of you know that our family is growing through adopting from the Philippines. Although adoption has always been something our family has talked about and thought about, we waited silently and patiently for God to align all our hearts. After years of prayer, God led us to begin our adoption journey in October of 2016. The past 6 months have been crazy. We have had to rely on so many wonderful people, family, friends and our whole community, to be able to get to where we are at now. The doctor visits, fingerprint appointments, homestudy visits, 43 hours of education and training, psychological evaluations, bank statements, job statements, photos, reference letters, interviews, questionnaires, countless approvals and testing have truly tested our trust in God’s calling to adoption and has stretched us beyond our comfort to rely on our heavenly father and so many people in our town, city and nation. We know it takes a village to raise children, and now we know it takes an even bigger village to bring an orphan home. All the paperwork is now complete and has been sent over to the Philippines to be presented to their adoption board. We are essentially in the ‘waiting’ phase… waiting to be matched with our son or daughter, waiting for our adventure to continue and trusting in God’s faithfulness! We don’t feel like our story is unique or extraordinary but we know God’s story is. We find ourselves as just an ordinary family being obedient to what God is calling us to in this time of our lives. We know that the fatherless are a strong target for the evil one and we know our family has only experienced the beginning of the battle. Our adventure will continue to consist of highs and lows, joys, sorrows, pain, battles and ultimately triumph.
Please join us on the adventure God has planned for us.
As most of you know, we choose not share details on social media, however, we will keep you updated with specific prayers and needs as well as updates, timelines and details of our adventure on our story page with Lifesong for Orphans ministries. In our walk of faith, please be praying that God will be our child’s comforter, caregiver, protector and father. Please be praying that God continues to prepare our family for our child!
We know that what we are being called to is much bigger than our family. God has been working in our hearts and lead us to adoption and has began His work in the hearts of the body of Christ to give financial support. To be completely honest, we don’t know how we feel about raising support. When we committed to adoption, we joyfully committed to taking on the financial challenges that we would face to bring an orphan home. If God is leading you to give, please give with a joyful heart, but if He is not, please don’t feel the pressure of having to conform to something you are not led to do. We are humbled and honored that our church family at Woodmen Valley chapel partnered with Lifesong for Orphans and committed an Adoption Matching Grant of $2,000 to help pay for our adoption expenses. If you are led to do so, you can make a tax-deductable donation to help us meet this matching grant. As the body of Christ, there are lots of roles that we can play when it comes to adoption. No matter what stage of life you are in, we want you to be a part of this adoption. This is going to be a long journey and we would love for you to remember us often and pray for our family.
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 “VanHorn 6895”, 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.