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April 28, 2017

3 Reasons to Seek Adoption Funding | Family Friday

Brad and I knew that God’s journey for us was Chinese adoption, but like so many adopting families, we weren’t exactly sure how we were going to pay for the adoption process. We are an ordinary family, we are not wealthy and do not come from money. Specifically, I (Leslie) am typically the worrier of the two, but for some reason I was not worried about affording this very expensive adoption. I just knew that if this was God’s plan for our family, he would provide. I searched many avenues to raise money for our adoption when I came across Lifesong. I completed the application, we met with a pastor from church to write a recommendation on our behalf, and we just prayed. We were ecstatic when we received the email confirming a matching grant for us! We nervously sent out letters to all of our family members, friends, and … Continue reading

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April 19, 2017

We Needed Our Church | Mission Moment

  Andy and Abby Huette know first-hand the powerful impact of being loved and supported by their church family during and after an adoption. In 2008 the couple joined a short-term mission team to Lifesong School in Zambia where God broke their hearts for the orphan. Leaving the children of Zambia to return home was hard, and Andy and Abby felt confident they would someday pursue adoption. How It All Began Abby was ready to start the adoption process when their only child was 9 months old. And while Andy–a pastor–felt it was critically important to lead his church family by example to love the fatherless, he thought maybe adoption was something they should pursue later–when they didn’t already have a new baby in the home. But God had different plans. While sitting at a McDonald’s one morning, Andy began reading in Deuteronomy while listening to music through his earbuds. He arrived at Deuteronomy 6:6-7: And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall … Continue reading

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September 18, 2015

A Thanksgiving Story

The topic of adoption first came up during our engagement, as it was always something I (Molly) felt a calling towards. We began talking and praying about adoption when our youngest biological child was one year old, and it was neat to see how the Lord had been working in Gabe’s heart. We asked our children what they thought of the idea, and our oldest son said if there is a child who doesn’t have a family, then we should share ours. In November of 2011, we began the paperwork to adopt a little girl from Haiti. After that, the Lord provided just the right agency, a home study agency, and the time that was needed to fill out all of the paperwork. We were blessed to have enough funds in our savings account to begin the adoption process, but knew we did not have the full amount to complete … Continue reading

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May 21, 2015

Can You Help?

ADOPTION IS EXPENSIVE. The more Lance and Amy learned about the orphan crisis, the more convinced they became that God wanted them to adopt. They saw the need and knew it would be wrong to do nothing to help. Like many families who adopt, Lance and Amy wanted to finance the adoption on their own, but expenses mounted and the task seemed impossible. “It was not easy to share our need and ask for others to help us, yet friends and family responded generously.” God continued to impress on Lance and Amy’s hearts that He would bless those who defended the fatherless, regardless of the role they played. With only a couple months left in their adoption process, Lance and Amy depleted their savings and believed their final option was to take out a loan to finance travel expenses to and from Colombia. God gloriously provided the opportunity for a … Continue reading

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May 13, 2015

Growing from 5 to 11

Michael and Suzanne say they’re just an ordinary family. They help out with homework, share family dinners, and try to keep their schedule straight. While this ordinary family started out with three children, God has been leading them on an adventure… Through a study of Isaiah, God spoke to Suzanne through His Word, piercing her heart to “seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” (Isaiah 1:16-17) This was the start of a four-year journey leading Suzanne and her husband, Michael, to Ethiopia 3 separate times to adopt 6 precious children.   How in the world could they afford this?   Through the love, support, and generosity of their local orphan ministry, they received matching grants through Lifesong to help fundraise to meet the financial cost of each adoption. The dollar-for-dollar matching grants acted as a catalyst, encouraging others to give, while raising awareness of … Continue reading

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April 3, 2015

Carrying on a Legacy {Family Friday}

Our adoption story started a long time ago. When my mother was growing up, my grandparents opened their home to dozens of children in the foster care system. They modeled selfless love by putting feet to the gospel and giving sacrificially of what little they had. My husband Josh and I wanted to carry on their legacy in our own family.  Through their example, God placed the desire in our hearts to adopt.  In 2006 and 2009, God blessed us with our two biological sons, Luke and Colby.  In 2011, we began to feel God directing us to begin our adoption process.  This was a daunting thought for us because we didn’t know where to start or how to finance it.  But, as He always does, God continued to guide us and provide for us.  We were soon matched with a birthmother in Florida who had chosen an adoption plan … Continue reading

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February 28, 2015

Our Puzzle Pieces Didn’t Fit…But God’s Did!

While we were still in the process of adopting our first son, Hudson, we knew we would adopt again.  After seeing the faces of the children left behind, we knew we had room in our hearts and home for more sons and daughters.  It wasn’t a matter of if we would adopt again, but rather, when.   As soon as the three of us returned home, we started looking for the right fit for our family in respect to agencies and countries.  We asked a lot of questions.  Some doors slammed shut.  Others remained tentatively opened.  About six months after we returned from Russia as a family of three, Ryan’s job was terminated due to finances.  Things were put on hold as we scrambled to make sense of this, and find a new way to provide for our family.  God answered our prayers by sending us across the country, where we … Continue reading

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