He’s been working in our hearts for a long time.
We were walking hand in hand down the sidewalk in a quiet neighborhood in Dallas. Sunset was near and a cool breeze hung in the air, (perfect strolling weather). It was only a few months ago that our engagement began and we were doing what many engaged couples do, talking about the future. We chatted about inconsequential things like the type of house we’d prefer one day, brick, stone, or wood. And, maybe, what type of vacations we’d prefer, a beach destination or a cabin in the mountains? But then a far weightier topic came up. “Would you ever want to adopt?” Our answers were exactly the same, “absolutely, yes!”
Fast forward over the next 10 years, add in some bumps & curves, some highs and lows, a whole lot of stretching and growth, oh and two biological kiddos! Adoption certainly never left our minds, it’s in the heart of God, we will forever champion it. However, we were unsure exactly our part to play. Should we just support others adopting, both prayerfully and financially? That’s certainly needed. Should we sponsor a child overseas so that their family unit is strengthened? That’s needed too. And after having our second child, the question came to our minds as I’m sure it does many other parents, “Well is that it, are we done having kids?” And for the moment the answer was, “Yes, we think so…yes.”
Then the fall of 2017 came around. I’ll never forget this moment. The whole family was in the back yard. Matthew and our oldest son were working on a project, the toddler was playing in the grass and I was rocking in a chair just observing it all. And then, seemingly out of no where, the thought of adoption hit me like a ton of bricks. I immediately knew we needed to genuinely consider adoption. And so we did. Over the next few months we prayed, we researched, we spoke to others who had adopted, and rapidly our hearts came to full agreement, we wanted to adopt! And so here we are, a little over two years later in the midst of our adoption process.
We knew that because our adoption requires a substantial amount of funds, (potentially a total of 45,000), we’d be seeking grants from adoption agencies. We were over the moon excited when we received the email informing us that we’d been awarded a $4,000 matching grant from Legacy 685 – a ministry of Houston First Baptist – through LifeSong. This means we have the potential to gain $8,000 from this one grant! That’s about 20% of our total adoption costs – HUGE!
Right now we have paid about $12,000 and still have the major costs of “foster family care”, around $22,000 and travel expenses for two round trips to S. Korea, up to $13,000. We are asking for those who feel led to assist us in this journey of adoption. If we can raise $4,000 we will be granted $8,000 total which will go towards the expenses listed above. (If we raise over $4,000 we will still be given 100% of donations, it just stops being matched at $4,000.)
So many of you have already shown us tremendous support, and we are so appreciative, truly! If you feel led to give or would like to share our story with others, please do so!
Many, many thanks,
Matthew & Rachel Townsend
*If you would like to send in a check instead, make checks payable to "Lifesong for Orphans". On the check memo line write "Preference: #8872 Townsend".
Mail to: Lifesong for Orphans
P.O. Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744
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