Please continue to pray for the DRC to open up exit visas for the adopted children! Your prayers are being heard – let’s nag the Lord as he calls us to do!
We are so thankful for your continual prayers on behalf of our adoption. We are thankful that God is leading us to move forward to see our child home!
Where we are:
– The state of Texas has received our paperwork, and we are waiting for an appointment to get another set of fingerprints (why does this not make sense to me?). They will send us a very important approval called I-171H. This document will say that we are allowed to adopt internationally.
– Fundraising! Here are the fundraising paths we’re pursuing, how you can pray, and how you can give!
One of my jobs is as a professional actress. It sounds really silly to say, but it’s true, and it’s not as glamorous as you think! Although this work is hard and sporadic, it is lucrative work. And, all of the money I earn through acting is going into our adoption savings. God already provided immensely this fall through this route, so would you pray specifically that I would find favor to earn more of this work? Especially the jobs that are high pay/low time?
This past fall, my mom and I worked non-stop to make goodies that we sold at craft shows. Some dear friends helped us in so many ways, too! We were able to raise over $2,000 in profits through these shows!
In March, our neighborhood will hold our annual Spring neighborhood garage sale. We are going to capitalize on the advertising and hold a sale at our house. We have asked friends for garage sale donations, and our friends are coming through! I’m not sure how much we will sell/earn, but we would be blessed to raise $1,500 this way!
There are a handful of organizations that specifically raise money with the purpose of giving it away to adoptive families. For our family, it makes sense to apply to two of them. Would you pray we would receive favor to have a matching grant of $1,000 (meaning we would also raise $1,000 that they match) and a free and clear grant of $3,000?
Asking for Cash
There have been so many who have already asked how, how much, and where they can give money to help. What a blessing to have dear friends and family step forward to give before we’ve even asked! We haven’t yet sent out specific support letters (although we will), but if you’re already ready to give, we have a fund where you can make a tax-deductible contribution. We have partnered with the ABBA Fund for this purpose. You will make a grant to them preferenced in our name, and when we have an adoption expense, we will ask them for a grant from the fund. Our page is here, and you can donate by clicking here.
*Also, if you work for a company that matches charitable donations, you can use the ABBA Fund to double your contribution!
The Lord has already provided in ways that have blown me away, and I am confident He will continue to do so!
How Much Do We Need to Raise?
Part of our expenses are not fixed: travel. We are estimating about $8,000 for this, but of course it varies widely and the time in-country might be longer after the exit visas open back up.
So, we estimate that we will need about $30,000 – $35,000 to cover all of our costs. We are aiming to cover $15,000 of these costs ourselves, and we are hoping to raise the rest! It’s a huge undertaking, but I feel at complete peace about it.
Another expense that we are planning for is selling our used SUV and purchasing a used van. Our SUV can’t really have three carseats and boosters safely clipped into the backseat. Although we might be able to make it work for a time, it is not the safest choice. After selling our SUV, we think we will need another $8,000 – $10,000 to purchase a used van. (We will pay cash for this–> please let me know if you’d rather donate toward our van fund.)
What’s the Timeline?
Financially, we have enough in savings to get through the step where we are matched with a child (can’t wait!) and submit our dossier to the court in the Congo. So our needs for the next couple of months appear to be covered. Beyond that, we are totally relying on the Lord!
We’re hoping for fingerprints and state approval by the end of February, although I feel impatient for this step. Once we’re matched with a child, our court date in the Congo could be as soon as 6 weeks and as long as 6 months! Wait, wait, wait is our new MO.
Overall, the closing of the exit visas has made the timing of our adoption all speculative, but I would see it as a huge blessing if we were able to hold our child for the first time in 2014!
Thank you as always for praying with us on this journey.