Over the course of our two-and-a-half adoption processes, we have seen God provide for our financial needs in some incredible and unexpected ways. From generous donations from friends (and strangers!) to currency exchange rates working in our favor to perfectly timed overtime at Trevor’s work. Each time, there comes a point at which we wonder where the money will come from for the next round of fees, and each time God provides. This adoption has been no exception.
As we’ve been waiting on the edge of our seats for our Letter of Acceptance (LOA) of our dossier (which still hasn’t come, by the way), God has given us some good news of a different kind: We are being given a $4000 matching grant from Lifesong for Orphans!!!
While $4000 will be a huge help toward our adoption costs, there is the matter of the other $4000. The money that will be matched. The money that we need to ask people to give us. People have already given so generously toward this adoption without our even asking, and that makes it so much harder to write this post. But here we are. Asking.
Our pastor joked (or not?) recently that one Sunday some time ago there was a sermon about giving, and that week was the worst week on record for the offering. With that in mind, I want to tread very lightly here, and say this:
If you have been considering helping us financially in our adoption journey, this would be a really awesome time and way to do so, because your gift will be matched by Lifesong. Here’s how you can help:
1. Pray with us. This is an actual thing you can do to help, not just something I say to make people feel better who aren’t able to give. You could pray that God will help us meet our matching grant, and then when He does, you get to be a part of that and be amazed by the fact that the God who made the universe hears us when we cry out to Him. Pray for the financial side of things, but also pray that God would be preparing us for this new little person and getting his heart ready to join our family and protect him until he does.
2. Make a donation. If you do feel led to give, thank you so much!!! Here’s how it works: Mail a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo, note our family name and account number (Young #5462) to make sure it gets to our account. Send it to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744. Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to our adoption.
Or, to give online go to www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate. Select “Give to an Adoptive Family.” Complete the online form and fill in “Family Account Number” and “Family Name” fields (5462 and Young). Note PayPal charges an administrative fee (2.9% + $.30 USD per transaction). Your donation will be decreased by the amount of this fee.
Here is a bit of fine print you need to know about Lifesong (all good things!):
Individual donations $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.
NOTE: In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. 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.
Thank you for considering blessing our family, either by giving, by praying with us, or simply by following along in our journey and cheering us on.