Waiting Expectantly

Alex Vis Winter Park, Florida

Our love story is one of our favorites to tell. Alex and I met in our early twenties, but God had us wait until just the right season. I was teaching 2nd grade in Honduras and came back to speak at our church in Sioux Falls, SD, when Alex’s interest was piqued towards his old friend. The rest went by in a flash and in 2014 we vowed to spend our lives together trusting God’s faithfulness to guide our steps.

From premarital counseling, we both felt a longing and desire towards adoption. It is a legacy of love deeply woven throughout our family. We tried to have a child naturally. Month after month, we were met with confusion and heartache. After an infertility specialist told us that we were running out of options, we knew the time had come to set our hearts, minds, and prayers on adoption.

We have an amazing village of people who love and care for us deeply. They have prayed us through the grief, loss, hope deferred, and hope renewed. We are honored by how people have come around us.

Our son, Zion Alexander, is due to be born February 28. We praise God for his life and his birth mother’s choice to carry this precious one. We have been praying for months, long before we knew him, that his birth mother would choose life. On January 13, she chose us to be Zion’s parents.

Our private adoption will cost around $45,000. After using our savings to fund fertility treatments and initiating the adoption process (i.e. home study, background checks, adoption consultant), we have a long ways to cover the remaining expenses which also include lawyer fees, birth mom expenses, lost wages, travel expenses and so on. We have discussed selling our home, our vehicles, whatever it takes to bring life into this family. Through the encouragement and prayers of dear friends, we are opening our story to even more participation from loved ones, if you so desire and it blesses you to give. We believe life is worth fighting for and we have had prayer warriors encouraging us along each step. We are already overwhelmed at the overflowing of support and love we have received, and now we’ve been blessed by a partnership with First Baptist Church Orlando, who has pledged to match the first $4000 raised through LifeSong.

Thank you for your continuous support and considering helping us to reach this financial need to bring our baby home. It is difficult to express our gratitude, but all the same, thank you for your partnering in our life…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 “Vis 08912”, 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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Raised to date by 53 people
 of  $45,000
Campaign Ended

My Story

Our love story is one of our favorites to tell. Alex and I met in our early twenties, but God had us wait until just the right season. I was teaching 2nd grade in Honduras and came back to speak at our church in Sioux Falls, SD, when Alex’s interest was piqued towards his old friend. The rest went by in a flash and in 2014 we vowed to spend our lives together trusting God’s faithfulness to guide our steps.

From premarital counseling, we both felt a longing and desire towards adoption. It is a legacy of love deeply woven throughout our family. We tried to have a child naturally. Month after month, we were met with confusion and heartache. After an infertility specialist told us that we were running out of options, we knew the time had come to set our hearts, minds, and prayers on adoption.

We have an amazing village of people who love and care for us deeply. They have prayed us through the grief, loss, hope deferred, and hope renewed. We are honored by how people have come around us.

Our son, Zion Alexander, is due to be born February 28. We praise God for his life and his birth mother’s choice to carry this precious one. We have been praying for months, long before we knew him, that his birth mother would choose life. On January 13, she chose us to be Zion’s parents.

Our private adoption will cost around $45,000. After using our savings to fund fertility treatments and initiating the adoption process (i.e. home study, background checks, adoption consultant), we have a long ways to cover the remaining expenses which also include lawyer fees, birth mom expenses, lost wages, travel expenses and so on. We have discussed selling our home, our vehicles, whatever it takes to bring life into this family. Through the encouragement and prayers of dear friends, we are opening our story to even more participation from loved ones, if you so desire and it blesses you to give. We believe life is worth fighting for and we have had prayer warriors encouraging us along each step. We are already overwhelmed at the overflowing of support and love we have received, and now we’ve been blessed by a partnership with First Baptist Church Orlando, who has pledged to match the first $4000 raised through LifeSong.

Thank you for your continuous support and considering helping us to reach this financial need to bring our baby home. It is difficult to express our gratitude, but all the same, thank you for your partnering in our life…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 “Vis 08912”, 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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Home With Zion Alexander

March 30, 2020

We are thrilled to update our friends and family as Zion celebrates one month of life! We are settling in with our son at home and adjusting to our work schedules with a new sleep reality 🙂  

We feel very blessed by everyone’s financial support and by all the cards, prayers, and celebratory messages! We are aware now more than ever that God’s timing, although beyond our understanding, is His to offer. He is faithful and good! 

Humbly,

Sarah & Alex

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Comments

$250

Jordan

Jun 2, 2020

“I know this is late but hopefully it still makes it to you and hope it helps!! Sorry for being a procrastinator. We Love You Guys!!! The LIPPS”

$100

Chris

May 31, 2020

$3,000

Mallory

May 31, 2020

“Deep down in my heart happy and thrilled for you, Alex and Sarah! There are no two better parents for anyone than Team Vis. Baby Zion is so blessed! Love you all very much and miss you!”

$500

Hidden

May 29, 2020

“So happy for you guys! My God bless and Keep your beautiful family.”

$275

John

May 29, 2020

$1,500

Linda

May 29, 2020

“Happy 3 month birthday Zion! Your Grammy is praising God for giving you to our family!! I’m praying I will get to meet you soon. I love sweet little buddy and so does Jesus. ❤️”

$250

Josh

May 26, 2020

“Love you guys!! So happy for you!!”

$1,000

Jeff and Heather

May 26, 2020

“Thanks for such a beautiful picture of God's love.”

$5,000

George & Carol

May 26, 2020

$100

Hidden

May 26, 2020

“Can’t wait to meet little Zion!”

$200

Hidden

May 26, 2020

“So happy for your family!”

$100

Marisol

May 26, 2020

$200

Joel and Kelly

May 26, 2020

“We hope to meet your sweet Zion soon!!”

$25

Garrett

May 25, 2020

“Y'all are awesome”

$100

Mary

May 25, 2020

“Love you guys!”

$20

Hidden

May 25, 2020

$25

Ann

May 25, 2020

“We love you guys!! ~ John & Ann”

$500

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Apr 1, 2020

$100

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Mar 31, 2020

$10,000

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Mar 24, 2020

$100

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Mar 15, 2020

$100

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Mar 15, 2020

$160

Alex and Abbie

Mar 11, 2020

“We are so thrilled for your little family. Blessings to you! Alex and Abbie Gottfried”

$500

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Mar 9, 2020

$180

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Mar 5, 2020

$50

Marge

Mar 4, 2020

“Congratulations”

$25

Melissa

Mar 3, 2020

$50

Kristi and Timothy

Mar 3, 2020

“♥️ from SoDak”

$50

Sara

Mar 2, 2020

“Congrats on your sweet angel!!”

$500

Jon & Sharon

Feb 29, 2020

“Blessed to be a blessing.”

$500

Hidden

Feb 25, 2020

“Our prayers continue for you as the time draws nearer to the birth of little Zion. God is so good!”

$50

Carolyn

Feb 25, 2020

“Praying for your growing family! So excited for you guys!!”

$103

Hidden

Feb 25, 2020

$40

Susan

Feb 23, 2020

“Hey there, I know it’s been awhile, but I will be praying for your journey. I was just thinking the other day about out rain soaked adventure trying to find Helen Carter’s apartment in Tegus. :-) You have such a heart for children, Zion will be very blessed to call you Mommy. God Bless You and Alex!!!”

$100

Cody and Jen

Feb 22, 2020

“So, so thrilled to be a part of Zion’s story!!”

$50

Amy

Feb 22, 2020

“So happy for you Sarah!!”

$103

Amanda

Feb 21, 2020

“Love you! Praying God’s amazing grace over this whole process and for your growing family!”

$250

Deborah

Feb 21, 2020

“We are beyond excited for you! May this donation be multiplied, and may God do amazing things to give you the funds to bring home your baby boy! We love you!”

$410

Jamey

Feb 21, 2020

“We are THRILLED to support you with this and can’t wait for our kiddos to play together someday!!!”

$300

Hidden

Feb 21, 2020

“I am so grateful that God has a sweet baby just for you! It is so encouraging to see a community of people coming together and giving to make this adoption happen :)”

$100

Carla

Feb 20, 2020

“I see that u had a lot of your gifts given. So from Amy and Shelby and Hanna and I I decided to donate sou can get what u need I am sooooo excited for u guys. U will be the parents everrrrrr!! Love you Carla”

$50

Shari

Feb 20, 2020

$200

Ronna

Feb 20, 2020

$100

Offline Donation

Feb 20, 2020

$200

Lori

Feb 19, 2020

“May this help bless you and the growth of your family. Thinking of you with continued prayers.”

$50

Brigette

Feb 19, 2020

$100

Megan

Feb 19, 2020

“Praying excitedly!”

$1,000

Offline Donation

Feb 19, 2020

$60

Ron and Ava

Feb 18, 2020

“God bless!”

$100

Julie

Feb 18, 2020

“Blessings and congratulations as you await the birth and arrival of Zion Alexander!! So happy for you !”

$100

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Feb 15, 2020

$200

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Feb 12, 2020

$5,000

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Feb 7, 2020