When God called us to the ministry of adoption, He set our hearts upon these scriptures in light of the plight of over 150,000,000 orphans who are fatherless today in the world:
Eph. 1:5, "In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved."
Psalm 68:5, "Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation."
In light of the adoptive love of our heavenly Father and the amazing truth that through the Gospel we have been adopted and grafted into His family forever, we received His calling to be adoptive parents to a fatherless child whom He cares for deeply. He has called us to open our home and to be the forever family to this precious little girl from China named Selah Grace AnLi. Her name's meaning is to "ponder grace in light of truth". The story of adoption in all of our lives is a story of grace and truth in which we are blessed to ponder...and in doing so, we behold the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf to adopt us into His forever family.
The adoption cost to bring our daughter home is approximately $32,000. Through the Orphan Love Run, our yard sale, and generous donations of family and friends, the Lord has brought in $15,000 over this past year to provide for her to be adopted!!! We are truly blown away and in awe of how He provides, and we trust Him with the small remainder of money that we still are in need of to travel to China. Our goal to reach the amount needed to complete the orphanage donation to bring her home is $3,000. This is a required donation by her orphanage to help care for the other orphans who are still waiting for families to adopt them. As well, we will have the expense of post-placement home study fees that equal $2,000.
So ... how can you help? Below is a list of some things you can do:
- First and foremost, we ask that you lift us up in your thoughts and prayers. We pray that through this fundraising process, God will receive the glory for bringing this precious girl into our family.
- We humbly ask that you pray and consider whether you can give anything financially to support our remaining need.
We have no intention of pressuring people to give. That decision is completely up to the giver. And we hope that none of you, our closest family and friends, are offended by us asking for your support. If so, we extend our sincere apologies. From our perspective, we feel that all of us can and should do more to take care of orphans. Some of us are called to adopt. Others can be included by giving or supporting those who are adopting. Giving financially is a way that others can join us on this journey.
We are using a fundraising website service called AdoptTogether. Our personalized website is, www.adopttogether.com/
We also have a blog with updates about our adoption and our family that we would love for you to follow! Our blog address is www.sacredscribbles.
Thank you so much for praying and considering being a part of helping to bring Selah home! Please enjoy this video of pictures of Selah in China and our family awaiting her arrival! Much love to you all!