One of the things that initially kept us from wholeheartedly pursuing adoption was the cost. It is not uncommon to peruse an agency brochure and see a $ followed by five panic-inducing numeric symbols that look something like this: $20,000-$30,000. This brochure promptly gets A) thrown into the nearest recycle bin, B) stowed in an out-of-sight-out-of-mind location (such as the unruly pile on the dresser, under a mattress, or in an overstuffed glove compartment) or C) spontaneously bursts into flames.
Months later, you stumble upon this brochure again. This time, though–and who can say whether this Grinch-like growth is simply because the cost is now more familiar or is due to an increased faith in God’s provision–maybe . . . could it be . . . possible?
People have raised greater sums of money than this in walk-a-thons benefitting research for tragic diseases like thinning eyelashes or in honor of a rescue center that takes in stray turtles . . . probably.
And our God owns the much talked of “cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10), right? And “nothing is impossible with God,” (Luke 1:37), right? Right?
The thing is, when God provides financially, rolls of quarters typically don’t rain down from the sky (thank goodness!). Usually he chooses to provide through work opportunities and through his Church. Since we began this journey, God has provided nearly all of the first two payments, as well as other miscellaneous costs, simply through hard (extra) work, such as babysitting for a friend’s daughter several days a week and running an Etsy shop, cutting back where we can, a grant, and a few generous early donations. We are currently less than $1000 away from making our next fee payment in about a month and a half.
Clearly, though, this will be a long process with a lot of little battles along the way. Once we get through the home study, we will be eligible for additional grants and we will be asking you to make tax deductible donations at that time. Why would we ask you for that? At first, we felt really weird about asking for donations, too. Well, [and this really makes so much sense!] when you make a donation to our adoption, you are saying, “We love your family and want to allow you to bless an orphan by giving him a home–and watch him bless us all back. We want to live out the gospel message for the world to see. We not only stand behind you and support you in word, but also in deed.”
That’s beautiful. Someone should design a Hallmark card that expresses that sentiment. Thank you for your kind words and action!
In order to be as up front as possible about our needs over the next year or so, I’m going to post our approximate costs. If you feel led to contribute to our adoption fund, whether it be $10 or $1000, please commit to do so at this time. Right now, there are two ways to do this:
- Shop at our Etsy store for fun, African-inspired items. Share our shop with your friends and invite them to order, too!
- If you don’t need or want any of the items in our shop, please consider giving a one-time or monthly donation. We actually have a ministry-related tax deductible number, and if you’d like to give this way, message me and I’ll send you the address to do that.
So, take a deep breath, remember that God is faithful and that grants are available, and:
Application Fee $250
1st Agency Fee $2,916.66
Parent’s Passports $240.00
Passport Pictures $20.00
International Adoption Clinic Pre-Adoption Seminar $150.00
NCFA Parent Training $195.00
Fingerprint Fee (for Home study) $108.00
Birth Certificates (1 copy each) $40.00
Marriage License (1 copy) $20.00
Background check $40.00
Medical Reports (depending upon insurance) ~$50.00 in co-pays
2nd Agency Fee $2,916.66
CIS Application Fee $890.00
3rd Agency Fee $1,916.66 (with grant applied)
FedEx fees (dossier sent to Lifeline) $45.00
FedEx fees (authentication shipping) $300.00
Dossier Authentication $575.00
PHASE 3: 6-9 Months Later
Referral Fee for one child $9,200.00
Referral Fee for additional child $5,000.00
PHASE 4: In Country Expenses
Estimated around $9000
Once you regain consciousness, pray and ask God what he might have you to give. Love and thanks!