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!
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.