Sunday, January 19, 2014

Headed to Ukraine soon?

We received our I-171H paperwork in the mail Friday!

We need to finish getting our paperwork together for our dossier, and get that sent to our facilitator in Ukraine ASAP.

And with things so close, we are likely going to put my car up for sale.  If you know of anyone looking for a 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander in terrific condition with very low mileage, send them our way!  It's a really handy car with lots of extras.  :-)

Please pray with us.  We know that we are asking for Yuri, but we are also praying about bringing home one or two other children from the same orphanage.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Greta needs a home soon!

Greta is in need of a home right away.  She will "age out" of the adoption program when she turns 16 this November.  In Ukraine, at least one parent must be 15 years older than the child, but there is no upper age limit for adoption here.  There is no limit on the number of children in the family, either, so large families are welcome.

Greta's grant fund currently has $20,000 in it.  This will pay for almost all of her adoption costs.  Please consider opening your heart and home to this little girl who desperately needs a home.

And please share her story, so that others will know.

You can read more about her here.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Adoption = Redemption

I found this on the Facebook page of a friend who has adopted a child:
Adoption is not a tidy way to add to a family.  Adoption is redemption, and redemption is costly.

Isn't that so true?  Redemption is costly.

In Yuri's case, we're told to expect around $30,000.  Yes, that's quite an expense.  It could be the down payment on a house.  Or it could purchase a very nice new vehicle.  We could take several family vacations with such a sum, I would suppose.

As nice as those things may be, none of them are eternal.  What a privilege it is to be a part of redeeming a life.  To be able to take a child who has never truly known love, and share with him not only our love, but our Father's wonderful love for us.  It's a price that is worth paying.

Jesus paid ever so much more to redeem us.  He paid with his precious blood.  I'm so thankful that Jesus was willing to pay the price to redeem us so that we could be adopted into the family of God.

Not a tidy way to add to a family, not the easy way, and not the cheapest way.  But so worth it.