Latest News Category: Church Funds

February 6, 2015

Growing from 5 to 11! {Family Friday}

In 2009 we started the adoption process for two siblings from Ethiopia and received a matching grant from Lifesong. We brought the kids home January 2011, but knew God also wanted us to adopt an older boy who was alone and about to age out of the system. We didn’t yet know who, but kept praying. Early in 2012 God began to reveal our “other boy” and he was miraculously home that October! Then the next October (2013), while our oldest boy and I were at Shriners Hospital having surgery on his leg, it was revealed to us that now his 3 younger siblings were at the orphanage. Oh boy. But we prayed hard again, along with some close friends, and believed God wanted the kids to be together. So we started the paperwork process again in January 2014, and against all odds (including the our state who rarely says … Continue reading

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January 30, 2015

He clearly led us to this place… {Family Friday}

We began our adoption process in January of 2011, expecting to adopt a child from the country of Haiti. We began working with Lifesong in late spring or early summer of 2011 – by receiving a matching grant from our local church and also fundraising assistance.  In early 2012 God closed the door on that adoption and we spent several months prayerfully considering our options. God used a dear friend of ours, who is a fellow adoptive parent and has been blessed to work with Lifesong, to introduce us to an amazing lady to runs a special needs orphanage in Ghana called Beacon House. In the fall of 2012 we applied to adopt through Beacon House and in April of 2013 we had passed court and were well on our way to bringing our son home. We hit a few paperwork snags, but in February of 2014 his visa was … Continue reading

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January 14, 2015

Ways to Use Your Adoption Fund

It is our joy to partner with over 340 churches and ministries in 42 states across the United States as we help administer their Adoption Funds. As you may know, Adoption Funds typically have been a resource for adoptive families to help bridge the financial barrier of adoption through creative adoption funding. And while that is still a primary function of our Adoption Funds, we have seen churches wanting to go beyond adoption and use their funds to help families around the world. Ways You Can Use Your Adoption Adoption Adoption Funding – giving adoption funding (grants and/or interest free loans) to couples in your church  Outside the Walls – financially supporting adoptive families beyond your church — families from your city or state Adoption Without Borders – helping Ukraine Christian couples adopt indigenously through adoption funding Post Adoption Support – providing the cost to give post-adoption counseling to transitioning and struggling adoptive families Orphan Care Partnership … Continue reading

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December 12, 2014

The Puzzle Piece We Didn’t Know Was Missing {Family Friday}

In May of 2013 my husband and I received a phone call from a friend asking if we would be interested in pursuing a private adoption with a couple who was pregnant with a baby girl due in November 2013. We were elated and blown away that God was opening the doors for us to adopt again and provide a sibling for our (then) 3 year old son, Gavin. We made preparations, shared our news with family and friends and began excitedly purchasing baby girl items. But a few weeks before the birth mom’s due date, she abruptly stopped communicating with us and we never heard from her again. We could only assume she chose to parent, yet we were heartbroken. I spent many nights that early winter crying out to God and asking Him where He was in this. Why would He have set my heart upon a little … Continue reading

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December 3, 2014

Outside the Walls Breaks $500,000 in 2014!

We can’t help but share our excitement as we rejoice in thankfulness for the $500,000+ of adoption funding given by fund partners to Christian families by reaching Outside the Walls this year! As many of you know, Outside the Walls is a growing group of our Adoption Funds willing to help meet the financial needs of adoptive families “outside the walls” of their local church, community, and even state!  Since inception, Outside the Walls has partnered with 56 Adoption Funds to help 553 families, giving over $2,000,000 in grants and loans from a beautiful heart of adoption! Join us in blessing and thanking God for taking care of these forever families through our generous Adoption Funds! If you are interested in learning more about Outside the Walls, feel free to visit our website.

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October 31, 2014

“God was preparing our hearts” {Family Friday}

Every adoption story is unique and every orphan has their own story how they were birthed into their forever family; however, we know there is only one author.  We entered into our adoption journey in 2010 when Dwan began to be burdened by the fact that there are millions of children in the world today with no family, no advocate and a very dim future.    She brought this to me and I began to pray about the idea.  I wish that I could say that I jumped feet first into this, but I wasn’t quite there yet.  After all we had four kids already.  I began to pray hard about adoption and asked God to show me whether we were to adopt and as I prayed and studied God’s word I became more and more convinced by the fact that God was calling us to care for the fatherless.  … Continue reading

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October 24, 2014

“God’s timing was perfect!” {Family Friday}

We have always wanted a large family, and in 2009 we began the journey to starting a family. We soon became pregnant, and at 20 weeks our perfectly normal pregnancy turned into anything but normal when we discovered some significant health problems with our baby. Our son, Patrick is a fighter and has had quite a journey. We know that it was God who carried us through those hard times and brought healing to Patrick and to us. When we found out that our genetics would mean a high chance of serious health issues for any future biological children, we knew that God would use adoption to grow our family. The week we received our grant from Lifesong was a roller coaster. On Monday, our son, Patrick had a surgery to close up the final evidence of his medical struggles – the hole where his trach had been. On Tuesday, … Continue reading

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