Monday, April 12, 2010

be part of our story

When God called us to adopt from Ethiopia, one of our biggest questions was: How are we going to pay for this?? God reminded us that he is a pretty resourceful guy, and not to worry - we are in good hands. So far he has provided for us every step of the way and we know he will see us through to the end... which is really the beginning. :)

One way that God has provided for us is through the generosity of our family and friends, many of whom have pledged their financial support toward our adoption costs. We are overwhelmed by the love and support we have already received! However, a few weeks ago we learned that due to a change in Ethoipian adoption law, we will now have to double our travel costs, to the tune of about $5000. Rather than one trip to pick up our child, we are now required to travel twice - once to appear in court when the adoption is legally decided, and a second time 1-3 months later to bring our child home after their passport and visa are available.

We are humbly asking all those who are willing and able to please consider making a tax-deductible donation -- any little bit helps! To donate toward our adoption costs, you can mail a check to:

Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40 / 202 N. Ford St
Gridley, IL 61744

Make the check out to Lifesong for Orphans and write Ballast #1232 in the memo line. Lifesong will send you a receipt for tax purposes. I am also required to give this little disclaimer:

*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 s
uggested use.

(I can assure you, however, that 100% of your donation will go directly toward our adoption costs.)

God is telling a story here. It is a story of a child coming home. It is a story of hope, a story of promises fulfilled, a story of new love and new life. Will you be part of our story? There is not one single aspect of this adoption adventure that we can accomplish on our own. We are completely dependent upon the grace of God and the loving support of our community, near and far. We love you all, and we can't do this without you! THANK YOU!

[If you do send a check to Lifesong, please shoot us an email,, so we can send a thank-you and eventually an adoption announcement.]


  1. Praying for your family!
    -Lifesong staff

  2. We're excited to partner with you Haley!

    God bless,
    Leah & the Lifesong staff