God has called us ALL to care for the widow and the orphans.
We have chosen to follow his call on our lives to adopt these kiddos.
They are important.
They deserve a future filled with love and hope and a family!
They deserve to be brought up in a family that will love them and teach them the ways of God.
We love because we were first loved.
We adopt because we were first adopted.
YOU, ME, ALL OF US are adopted!
God has accepted us into his family and that my friends is the best gift ever.
The gift of life.
The gift of love.
We need God to provide in so many ways for us to be able to get these kiddos home.
We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God has a great plan for Tanya and Misha!
We know that God will provide for each and every need, spoken and unspoken.
We are actively pursuing these kiddos and will not waiver to look to the left or the right at this circumstance or that; but we will remain steadfast and follow the plan God has for our family.
We do have a substancial financial need and that is no secret.
Costs increase the second you have to make additional trips and of course when there is another child added.
We don't believe that this is happening by accident, this situation did not take God by surprise.
He wants us to hold on, remain faithful, fully trusting and obey.
Everyone can do something - whether that is to pray or to give, we can all do something.
Please consider what God would have you to do to help in giving Tanya and Misha a future filled with love from a family.
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We truly appreciate all of your prayers and support and are looking forward to seeing God do mighty things in all of our lives as a result of all of our obedience.
On a side note, we have been asked why are you adopting from over seas?
Well, my response to that contains several answers but the most important is that is what God has called our family to do.
Yes, there are kids here in the US that need families.
Yes, we support those adoptions too.
God called us to take care of the orphans period... not jus those fortunate enough to be born in the good ole US of A.
The children of Ukraine and many other countries are not given a chance.
They are not given the same opportunities that orphans or even those in foster care receive here in the US.
They are thrown out on the streets with NOTHING at a VERY young age.
70% of those girls who age out of the orphanage system will end up in prostitution and DIE with in 1 year.
70% of the boys who age out of the orphanage system will end up in drugs and DIE within 1 year.
Another question has been why are you adopting if you can't afford it?
We can afford the kids.
Every family has to go through extreme background and financial checks to show you can financially support these kids.
It is a rare occassion that someone has $25,000 (or more for more kids) just lying in a bank account.Sure, we could wait and say, oh God, we don't have the money to do that right now, or we can walk in faith and trust that he will provide for what he has called us to do.
We choose the latter.
If everyone waited until they had the money upfront to adopt then many, many more orphans would die, alone, unloved, and forgotten.
We have supported many adoptions in the past before our family was called to adopt ourselves.
We will continue to support adoptions after we are done as well.
The time is urgent and the need is great.
We have 2 weeks before we leave to head back to get our kiddos and we are working and praying and trusting for every dime to come in.
Food for thought..
People finance cars they can't afford everyday.
People buy homes on credit everyday.
People eat lunch and buy gas on credit everyday.
People fundraise for schools, sports, church and more.
We are raising money for two precious lives....