Our family is in the process of adopting from India. We wanted to share a little more behind our decision to adopt, where we are at in the process, and how you can help us along the way.
Before we met, we each had opportunities to spend time working with orphaned children overseas. These times impacted each of us in profound ways and planted the seeds of adoption in each of our lives. While we would love to see every child raised in a loving home with their biological parents, we realize that this is not a reality for many children across the globe. We see the act of adoption as a beautiful display of the Gospel, and it is one of the many ways we can honor God in his command to care for the orphaned.
Since we married in 2011, the desire to adopt has only grown in each of us and more recently, our children. We chose India because it is a special place for us. Grant lived there for several years, and we have visited together. We have a deep love for the Indian people and their culture. India is also home to the largest orphan population on Earth with over 20 million orphans.
We started our adoption process at the beginning of the year, and we are currently waiting to be matched with a child. As you may know, there are high costs associated with international adoption. Our estimated costs are around $35,000-$40,000. These costs include agency fees, physicals, psychological evaluations, passports, travel expenses, and many other fees associated with the adoption process. Lifesong for Orphans has generously offered our family a $4000 matching grant to help us meet the expenses associated with bringing our daughter home.
Please pray that the Lord would give our agency wisdom to match us with our daughter and wisdom for us as we review files. Please pray that we would have favor throughout the remainder of our process, especially in our court process in India once we are matched. And most importantly, please pray that the Lord would protect and be near to our daughter until we are able to bring her home!
Thank you so much for supporting our family!
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