Thursday, July 25, 2013

Answers to Prayer

One of our biggest challenges to adopting has been how to pay for the it. International adoption is costly. We have fees to our adoption agency, immigration fees, legal fees, document fees, and travel expenses for two trips to Bulgaria! The decision to adopt was a huge step of faith for us. We know the God who has called us to adopt would be faithful to provide for our adoption! And He has! We pray He will provide and He does! Recently we have had two big answers to prayer about our adoption finances!

First, we have been praying for a better job for me and God has answered our prayers! I had to part-time jobs, one working in a preschool and one babysitting. I just got a new job, closer to my house, with a small pay raise, were I can work full time! This is a huge answer to prayer!

Our second answer to prayer is that yesterday we got approved by LifeSong for Orphans to do a Both Hands fundraiser and for a $3,000 matching grant! We love Both Hands! We are super excited to be able to help a widow and raise funds for our adoption. If you haven't heard of Both Hands, I will try to explain. Think of a 5K for the Cure. People get sponsored to run a marathon and the money raised helps find a cure for a disease. But what if they got sponsored to fix up a widow's house instead? And all the money they raised went to fund an adoption? The video below explains it better than I can. So watch it!

Eeeeek! I can't beleive it! We are going to do a project like this! (Yes I squeal when I get super excited!) The next steps for us include, gathering a team to work on a widows house, finding a widow (we have one in mind), and setting a date for the project! Stay tuned for more news!


  1. This sounds great! I am a bit confused though. If all the money raised goes to the adoption, and the work is all donated, who pays for the supplies to fix up the widows home??? Is it donated by Lowes or a Home Depot??? I can say (as long as I'm not on crutches by the time you do this) that I will join your team :)
    Blessings to you both and the children that God has laid on your hearts:)

    1. Hi Amber!

      Yes, the supplies get donated by local merchants. We will be visiting our local Home Depot, Lowes, etc and asking for donations. All donations to Both Hands are tax deductible (both supplies and money for our adoption). All the money is sent directly to LifeSong for Orphans who will then send it to our adoption agency. We would be happy to have you join our volunteer team. I can talk to you at church or on the phone about this more! To date, Both Hands has raised over $2,800,000 for orphan care and adoption funding. 268 Both Hands projects have taken place in 36 states! These projects have served 287 widows through home repairs, helped 305 orphans become adopted, and enabled over 7,800 volunteers to serve others. 24 of the 268 projects have raised funds for orphan care initiatives. For more info go to:

  2. Katie, that is so exciting! My friend and her husband did a Both Hands fundraiser, and they loved it! They repaired a deck, washed siding, did yard work, and painted part of the house. They asked around at local building supply stores and were able to get most of their paint and supplies donated for free! Best wishes and congrats!