This is a story of a boy…

Jeffrey Bergquist Maryville, Tennessee

Dear Family and Friends,

We are so excited about continuing the process of adoption for Josiah! As many of you know, this has been a long process. On 12/20/16, Jeff’s nurse, Kelli, came down the hall and said to Jeff, “Uh, there is a lady at the counter asking if you would want to take her baby home”. Jeff quickly realized it was the director of Safe Families for Children.  SFFC is a ministry that connects host families and churches to families experiencing difficult situations, to care for their children for short periods of time. Josiah came to us when he was 2 months old, as an early Christmas blessing. It was expected to be a short hosting but it was later discovered that the mother’s circumstances were much more significant, including drug addiction and mental disability. The father is in jail and in a situation that Josiah could never return. Josiah struggles with Sensory Integration Disorder, speech and motor delays due to intrauterine drug exposure. He has been in OT, PT, and Speech Therapy; yet, he is thriving, growing, and overcoming these difficulties. Josiah has 5 joyful sisters that love, care for, and challenge him. He adores them.
This forever adoption is an unexpected blessing and a gracious gift of God to our family. As we continue to see this story God is writing in our lives, we are amazed at how God takes our disappointments and brings great joys, answers to prayer, and provides in amazing ways.

The beauty of adoption in this life is but a shadow of the amazing picture of adoption into the Family of God Almighty. He takes us, who were his enemies, strangers, aliens, and dead in our sin. He makes us his friend, sons and daughters of God, brothers to Jesus, robed in His righteousness, and a part of His forever family, feasting at His eternal table. Our prayer is that this earthly adoption will be used by God to bring Josiah into the family of God forever. Josiah has been given a new identity coming into our family. We have given him the name of Josiah David (Yahweh supports; Yahweh heals; Beloved). We sense these words capture the way God loves Josiah and as we desire to love him as well.

It is hard to determine the total cost of our adoption of Josiah. Our total thus far, has been over $12,500 but God has provided miraculously. Recently, thankfully, we have been awarded an Adoption Matching Grant of $2,500 from Lookout for Orphans Adoption Fund administered through Lifesong for Orphans, which is a non-profit Christian ministry dedicated to help meet the needs of orphaned children around the world.  All funds donated to Lifesong for Orphans, on our behalf, will be given to help cover our continuing adoption expenses. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your gift is tax deductible. 100% of all funds raised will go directly to cover our adoption costs–nothing will be taken out for Lifesong for Orphans administrative costs.

 

TO GIVE…If you are interested in supporting our adoption through a tax-deductible donation. The following information will hopefully guide you, but please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.

 

To Give by Check:

1. Please make checks payable to:  Lifesong for Orphans

2. In the memo please write:  Preference 7595 Bergquist.

3. Mail checks to…Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744

 

To Give Online by Credit Card

1. Click the Donate button at the top of this page!

 

Your prayers mean so much to us! The Lord has strengthened us as you intercede for us on our behalf!

Thank You!

 

Much love,
Jeff and Mary Bergquist

 


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 “”, 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.
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My Story

Dear Family and Friends,

We are so excited about continuing the process of adoption for Josiah! As many of you know, this has been a long process. On 12/20/16, Jeff’s nurse, Kelli, came down the hall and said to Jeff, “Uh, there is a lady at the counter asking if you would want to take her baby home”. Jeff quickly realized it was the director of Safe Families for Children.  SFFC is a ministry that connects host families and churches to families experiencing difficult situations, to care for their children for short periods of time. Josiah came to us when he was 2 months old, as an early Christmas blessing. It was expected to be a short hosting but it was later discovered that the mother’s circumstances were much more significant, including drug addiction and mental disability. The father is in jail and in a situation that Josiah could never return. Josiah struggles with Sensory Integration Disorder, speech and motor delays due to intrauterine drug exposure. He has been in OT, PT, and Speech Therapy; yet, he is thriving, growing, and overcoming these difficulties. Josiah has 5 joyful sisters that love, care for, and challenge him. He adores them.
This forever adoption is an unexpected blessing and a gracious gift of God to our family. As we continue to see this story God is writing in our lives, we are amazed at how God takes our disappointments and brings great joys, answers to prayer, and provides in amazing ways.

The beauty of adoption in this life is but a shadow of the amazing picture of adoption into the Family of God Almighty. He takes us, who were his enemies, strangers, aliens, and dead in our sin. He makes us his friend, sons and daughters of God, brothers to Jesus, robed in His righteousness, and a part of His forever family, feasting at His eternal table. Our prayer is that this earthly adoption will be used by God to bring Josiah into the family of God forever. Josiah has been given a new identity coming into our family. We have given him the name of Josiah David (Yahweh supports; Yahweh heals; Beloved). We sense these words capture the way God loves Josiah and as we desire to love him as well.

It is hard to determine the total cost of our adoption of Josiah. Our total thus far, has been over $12,500 but God has provided miraculously. Recently, thankfully, we have been awarded an Adoption Matching Grant of $2,500 from Lookout for Orphans Adoption Fund administered through Lifesong for Orphans, which is a non-profit Christian ministry dedicated to help meet the needs of orphaned children around the world.  All funds donated to Lifesong for Orphans, on our behalf, will be given to help cover our continuing adoption expenses. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your gift is tax deductible. 100% of all funds raised will go directly to cover our adoption costs–nothing will be taken out for Lifesong for Orphans administrative costs.

 

TO GIVE…If you are interested in supporting our adoption through a tax-deductible donation. The following information will hopefully guide you, but please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.

 

To Give by Check:

1. Please make checks payable to:  Lifesong for Orphans

2. In the memo please write:  Preference 7595 Bergquist.

3. Mail checks to…Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744

 

To Give Online by Credit Card

1. Click the Donate button at the top of this page!

 

Your prayers mean so much to us! The Lord has strengthened us as you intercede for us on our behalf!

Thank You!

 

Much love,
Jeff and Mary Bergquist

 


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 “”, 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.
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Seeing Jesus Clearly

October 26, 2018

 

It is hard to write a letter to a violent child sex offender and ask him to terminate his parental rights and jump through all the ridiculous hoops and injustices our broken system has in place.  It shouldn’t be this way, it isn’t right. It is especially difficult when your a self righteous prideful man who isn’t trusting and submitting to the Lord Almighty’s plans and purposes. My growth group, church, friends and family have been an amazing support.  Helping me to see my own sin with a tangled mix of righteous and unrighteous anger. My growth group pointed me to Jesus. What a sweet comfort to know that Jesus, the creator and sustainer of all things, who was enthroned on high being worshipped day and night, submitted Himself to a confined human frame, to a wicked world, to Caesar, a wicked unjust ruler.  Jesus was given the unrighteous humiliating sentence of death on a cross to bear the righteous wrath of God the Father for the sins of man, my sin, so that He may give to me the gift of undeserved grace, mercy, righteousness, and adoption into His family. Jesus was unrelenting in His work to adopt me even as I fought against Him. Growth group didn’t tell me to pull up my bootstraps and “be like Jesus”, but instead encouraged me to live out of that reality of what Christ has done for me.   I don’t need be Jesus, I need to see Jesus clearly and be a grateful Barabbas who received a pardon he didn’t ask for, and given the gift of life he didn’t deserve. Perhaps God is continuing my journey to see my utter dependence on Him, and show me what a good good Father He is. I don’t know all that God has in store for this adoption road, but I know Josiah is worth it, and I know that we will be different because of the journey. Thank you for your all the support and care we have received.  We have been blessed.

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Joy

October 18, 2018

 It is pure joy to celebrate Josiah!  For Josiah’s birthday Mary made an amazing cake the captures Josiahs love for tractors and being outdoors.  The cake models our property that included the gardens, sweet potatoes, veges, chicken coop, chickens, eggs, firepit, zip line, tree house, Bree (new puppy), creek, zip line and even Josh the squirrel we rescued.  Mary is so creative and loves her boy!

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Happy birthday Josiah!!!!!!

October 18, 2018

It is hard to believe it has been 22 months with Josiah!  God has been so kind in blessing us with Josiah, it seems he has always been with us.  He has the sweetest disposition and loves to give us kisses, blow us kisses, give hugs, and priceless smiles.  He continues to learn and is showing increased interest in trying to talk, starting to make some syllable sounds, and continues in speech therapy.  He loves his birthday presents: 3 foot basketball net (he made a basket on his first shot!), 2 new tractor toys, and a new puppy, Bree, an english mastiff.  For birthday season (Hannah, Grace, Izzy, Sophia, and Josiahs birthdays fall between 10/6 and 12/10) we pooled their money and the gifts from grandparents, and were able to buy a puppy.  We all have missed having a dog around since Caedmon, our beloved swiss mountain dog passed early last fall.  Josiah loves dogs and is loving our Bree.   

Josiah has incredible energy, short attention, and at the end of the day, we are exhausted. He gets frustrated trying to communicate but has learned considerable sign language.  When he really wants something he throws out every sign he knows.  When we are in a good place it is cute, when we are exhausted, it can be frustrating 😉  We are praying God would loosen his tongue so he may communicate clearly.  His coordination and motor skils continue to improve, he loves to take things apart and try to put back together, but will need more therapy in the future.  

We have written a letter to Roger asking him to voluntarily terminate his parental rights and his lawyer is going to visit him later this month.  Please join us in praying that God would soften Rogers heart and allow the adoption to move forward.  If not then the process gets much more difficult and costly.  The financial cost is now over $20,000.  We appreciate the many folks who have assisted us through prayer, volunteering, emotional and financial support.  It has been miraculous and so encouraging.  We entrust ourselves daily to the eternal God who knows all, owns all, and has unending and unrelenting power to bring about His good purposes in us and in the life of Josiah.   

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Go Cubs!

September 25, 2018

Today we had another court date.  Decisions are delayed….again.  The biological father was appointed a lawyer, but that lawyer has not been able to go to middle Tennessee to visit Rodger in jail.  Our next date is November 13th.  Please pray that God would soften Rodgers heart, so that he would voluntarily terminate his parental rights.  It was suggested that we write Rodger a letter asking him to terminate rights.  Please pray for wisdom regarding this. 

Mary and I are extremely grateful for the love and care we have recieved by so many.  After our last court date, I in particular, was very angry.  God was kind to gently chastise me and remind through word and deed of God’s sovereignty, kindness, love, and provision.  I am thankful for all the prayers and support. 

Josiah finally has a boys room!  Through gifts and my wife’s great skills, Josiah has moved to a toddler bed, in his sports themed room.  He loves it! and I will love it when on occasion I have to crash next to his bed, and have the soft carpet and pad to lie on. Josiah is thriving, constantly on the move, he is starting to mumble some words, he loves to take things apart and try to put back together, climb, run, and keep all of us on our toes.  His favorite thing to play with is what he shouldn’t play with.  He loves the Cubs and the only time we get him to sit still for a few minutes is when sports are on….and only for a few minutes.

Again, Thank you for all the support, we are extremely grateful!

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The roller coaster continues

August 28, 2018

We received termination of biological rights of mother this morning but not from the bio father.  He is a violent sex offender against children and still in jail, but had scribbled a letter a few months ago asking for more time.  The court appointed him a lawyer today (even though he already had a lawyer visit him and our lawyer had requested one for him back in June). We now have to wait 30 days for his response. We are thankful they put a time limit on it. We are hoping that he will be willing to surrender and not contest. Sept 25 we go back to court for his termination. As long as he is willing to surrender, we can adopt 30 days after that. If he contests, we will have to go to trial against him and that could be an ordeal. We are very disappointed and angry at today’s outcome. Please pray for our hearts. We are struggling.


God continues to show us his faithfulness, our utter dependence upon him, and the great joy that He has in bringing His plan about in His timing. He has always done great things for us in the past, we can trust that He will continue to do so.  He is faithful, just, and good when the world is not.  He is strong when we are weak.

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Adoption court date!

August 22, 2018

We are excited about our upcoming court date 8/28/18.  Our lawyer has petitioned for a final decision on termination and adoption to be made on 8/28.  We are praying for favor from the judge.  This could potentially be the last court date.  This has been a long process with many up’s and down’s, but we are hopeful the end of this part of our adoption journey will be over.  Please pray for Josiah’s parents, both of whom are in difficult places because of their sinful choices.  Pray the Spirit of God would bring salvation to them and that they would experience repentanc, and the love, grace, forgiveness, and healing that only God can bring to their desperate hearts.  Pray for Josiah, that he would grow into a strong, loving, tender hearted man of God.

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Physical Therapy graduation day!

May 24, 2018

Josiah continues to excel, and today he got his graduation from physical therapy!  Amy (above pic) has been a wonderful therapist and we are so grateful.  Due to his sensory issues, at 9 months he would hardly allow the bottoms of his feet to touch the ground, but over the last 7 months he has gone from bouncing on his feet in the swing, to standing; at 12 months started to bear some weight, and with the help of braces, started walking at 17 months, and now he is on the move without his braces!  We are praising God for his progress.  

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Comments

$150

Carol

Oct 26, 2018

“A gift for Josiah! Happy birthday munchkin!”

$1,000

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Oct 18, 2018

“God bless”

$3,000

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Oct 3, 2018

$250

Melanie

Aug 30, 2018

“Love you guys. Glad the 5 kid house is now the 6 kid house. What a blessing you are in JoJo's life and his in yours.”

$100

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Aug 22, 2018

$400

Offline Donation

Aug 13, 2018

$2,000

Offline Donation

Jun 7, 2018

$50

Dawn

May 31, 2018

“Jeff and Mary, you are shining examples of people who put faith into action. I'm so happy that Josiah decided to adopt the two of you. :D”

$50

Jonathon

May 23, 2018

“Jessie and I will be praying for you all in this journey!”