One of the most difficult parts of the adoption process has to do with the cost. In fact, adoption costs often turn many great perspective parents away from this option, which is a shame considering the sheer number of children in need of good families!
When we began the adoption process, we honestly had no idea how we would overcome this huge obstacle, yet we knew that God was calling us on this journey and additionally, we are secure in knowing that He ALWAYS provides for that which He calls us to. So, we took a leap!
He has been faithful, up until this point, and we know He will remain faithful in this area. We had a HUGE garage sale last summer (2011) and Jesus showed up in a way that is indescribable! Additionally, along the way, we've beed doing little things here and there in an attempt to raise more money.
This from Travis:
We are offering some sweet new threads for anyone who needs to add to their (or your kids) wardrobe. We’re doing so as part of a small fundraising effort to help offset some of our adoption costs which will total about $30,000 at the end of the day. We also feel led to do our small part to raise awareness for the orphans of Africa - over 4 MILLION of which are currently living without families in the country of Ethiopia ALONE! Laurie & I have committed to donating 10% of the funds we raise to a grass roots charity created by a gal named Katie Davis who lives in Uganda and is living out her calling from God in the Ugandan culture (she has adopted 13 orphan children and raises funds for education, food, and community outreach projects). See here for more info: http://www.amazima.org/
Laurie has been honing her sewing skills, and has made some ladies and kids shirts with an Africa logo.
Check our our adoption Etsy shop by clicking here.
I had the following T-shirts made up for the fellas out there or for you ladies who enjoy rocking a T-shirt. “Ajiba-Tsega” is Amharic (one of several native languages of Ethiopia ) for “Amazing Grace”. Psalm 68 says “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families…”.
Our God is kind and just. He will guide and hold us so long as we surrender ourselves to him and find our identity in him alone. If you feel led to purchase a shirt, you can do so by clicking the PayPal link on the upper right of this blog. Thank you again for your support!
More to come!!