Adoption stories are love stories. Adoption stories are close to my heart as I am the mother of an adopted son, the son of my heart. So many children in our world need families but it is not always easy to make it happen. This is the story of some good friends of ours who also happen to pastor our church. Please read, share and pray about any response you might have. This is a beautiful, loving family and they are working and planning to bring home their new, precious daughters. They plan to bring these two beautiful girls home by August.
Tatiana, 14, is pictured on the left. On the right is Karen, age 13.
Listen as Amy shares their story:
From Bogotá to Omaha
Dear Family and Friends,
Most of you know that we have been working toward adopting two sisters, Tatiana and Karen, from Colombia. This has been a long (4 year) journey for our family. The great news is that we will be traveling to Colombia this summer to finish the girls’ adoptions. Our family will spend 2-3 weeks together in Colombia, then Lance will return home with Hannah, Rachel and Chloe so that he can go back to work while Amy will need to stay another 5-6 weeks to complete the girls’ adoptions before bringing them home.
Why are we adopting? For us it is simply being obedient to God and doing what he has called us to do. Also, when we look at our lives and see how greatly God has blessed us, we find ourselves asking, “How could we not bring children who need a family into ours?” We have more than enough love, space and resources to care for children who are lacking these things in their lives. Why are we adopting teenagers? No, not just because we are crazy. During our adoption journey, God clearly led us to older orphans. And, the statistics for older orphans are grim. These children “age out” of the system at age 16 in most countries and are left with little hope for their future. We were willing and open to adopting older children from the start, and then we met Tatiana and Karen. Now we are not only willing, we love these girls and cannot wait for them to become a part of our family.
Our biggest challenge is not opening our hearts and our home to two more children, but is finding a way to finance their adoptions. The cost of the adoptions will total $40,000. With God’s provision, our savings and the support of generous friends, so far we have been able to pay for each expense that we have had along the way. Our next big expense will be travel to and from Colombia and our stay there in the country. That brings us to some more great news. We have just received a matching grant of $2,500 from Lifesong for Orphans. This grant will greatly help with our travel expenses.
Please pray that God would continue to care for Tatiana and Karen in Colombia until we are able to bring them home; that God would prepare us for the upcoming changes to our family; and that God would give us wisdom, discernment, and insight as parents of these girls.
Lifesong for Orphans has committed an Adoption Matching Grant of $2,500 to help pay our adoption expenses. Will you please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us meet this matching grant and cover the remaining $10,000 adoption expenses we need to bring our girls home? Our goal date for raising these funds is July 16, but funds will be accepted towards our adoption until the girls are in our home, which should be sometime in late August.
Please make checks payable to “Lifesong for Orphans.” In the memo, note “Burch Family”and “Burch #4412” to assure it goes to the correct account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744. Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all U.S. administrative and fund-raising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.
Another option is to give online. Go to www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate. Select “Give to an Adoptive Family.” Complete the online form and fill in “Family Account Number“ with “Burch #4412” and “Family Name” with “Burch”.
In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use. Individual donations of $250 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $250 will gladly be sent upon request. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.
Thank you for investing in the Kingdom through prayer and finances—it will be an investment with an eternal return! We can’t wait to give you updates as we travel to Colombia this summer and finally bring our girls home!
Lance and Amy