Bringing Home Drew

We are Jeff and Dianne Martin. Our family is adopting a little boy from South Korea. We are excited to be able to provide a loving, stable family for him where we can share the love of God with him. The process is expensive and we would love to have your prayer and financial support to help bring Drew home. If he is not adopted by the time he is three, he will most likely spend the rest of his life in an orphanage. We want more for him. We want him to know unconditional love, we want him to have opportunities to be whoever God calls him to be, we want him to be surrounded by family. And thanks to a loving heavenly Father who did all of this for us, we are able to do this for one child.

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Elder Family Adoption

As we write to you, even today, our life is filled with hours of playing outdoors on equipment far too small for us, rushing to put food on the table before anyone has a meltdown, and rubbing tired eyes from another sleepless night. Our biological children are three and one years old and were brought into our home without any complications, still our hearts knew that our family was ready to step out of comfort and step into our calling. You may be asking yourself why are we now entering the epic adventure of adoption. The simple answer is, God. We are choosing to recklessly follow the plan that the Lord has slowly laid out for us and for you. He is not a God of timelines, but a God of timing.

If we’re honest, we’re a little nervous, too. But still we are so confident and excited about the unique story being written. Adoption in itself may be unfamiliar to our families, but to us it is the purest picture of the Gospel. We have been adopted by a loving Father and given the most beautiful opportunity to be part of His story. It’s so much bigger than biology, and we can’t wait to watch this bigger picture come to life. As we watched our two children learn how to hold hands while walking through the zoo on one of our recent weekly trips, our hearts ached in anticipation of what was next. Our lives are busy, but they are not too full. There is more room on our laps, more places at our dinner table, more seats in our van, and more space in our hearts.

Adoption has been something that was placed on both of our hearts many years ago. For Glen, adoption was something he was exposed to at an early age, since his childhood best friend was adopted. Early in their relationship, Casey shared that adoption was something she felt called to do, and Glen knew it would eventually be a way we added to our family. Glen has always wanted a large family after growing up with 5 brothers and sisters and working together on their family owned dairy farm. Casey felt called to adoption as she entered the world of elementary school teaching in college, and fell in love with far too many students who needed far more than what their teachers could provide. What finally made us give our YES to adoption was when our pastor at church told his story of adoption. He emphasized that we all should have a role in ending the orphan crisis in our world (and this role looks different for each family). If one family out of every three churches chose to adopt, every waiting child in the US would be adopted. After that day, we knew our home was ready, and we started to pray about our hearts being ready to recklessly follow the path set forth for us.

As we pray throughout this journey, we are often asking the Lord to calm our fears about the financial burden that is currently being placed on our family to adopt. We both work in jobs serving children, and that is where our hearts lie. Glen manages a university dining hall, making sure that grown-up kids who are away from their homes get fed in a way that their mothers would approve. Casey is an elementary teacher at a school which hosts refugee and immigrant children who have just arrived in the United States and are in need of basic English skills. We don’t bring in huge paychecks, and that makes this adoption a financial challenge for us, but we have worked hard to build our savings account. We have even used cloth diapers for our biological children because of the several thousands of dollars we knew it would save us! Our adoption will basically cost what one of us makes in a year. This would have been feasible for us to do on our own before we had children, but with the expense of childcare we know we will need a village to bring home our next child. We have and will continue to host holiday themed fundraisers for local friends and family. We believe the plans set out for each one of us are far bigger than our own, which is why we are not letting finances stand in the way of how we write our family story.

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Adding another Hale to the Household!

We’re excited to share with you all that we are headed back to India for Hale Adoption #2!  Our first daughter, Anjaly, was adopted from India in 2017 and can’t wait to become a big sister!  We’re currently in the paperwork stage and hope to bring our next daughter home before the end of 2019.  Thank you in advance for any donation amount you can offer.  Your gift will go further because we’ve been given a $2,000 Matching Grant from Pure Gift of God.  Once we hit our fundraising goal of $2,000, they will give us another $2,000!  Thanks to everyone for your support and we look forward to keeping you abreast of our journey!

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Kenney Family Adoption

I would like to share the joy Kris and I feel about being on the journey of adopting from the Dominican Republic. There have been many roadblocks, but we are here! God gave us both the desire to adopt at an early age. When we got married we had planned on having our own children and adopting. Our own biological children never came. Before Kris’s deployment to Iraq we tried to have our own child. Our trying lasted for years, after many disappointments, painful procedures and testing, it was confirmed that we would be unable to have our own biological child. About five months later Kris was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. Despite the excellent prognosis, we struggled finding an adoption agency and a country that would work with us once they found out he had cancer. It is a scary word and we understand that it makes a lot of people nervous when it comes to raising children. There were times that we weren’t sure if we should continue, but knew God had more for us. We continued to strive to find an agency that would be our perfect match. We hoped to have found an adoption agency in China, but three weeks later another door closed. We kept our trust in God and He has been faithful in our perseverance.

We were drawn towards the Latin/South America region, due to the political corruption and the poverty many of these countries face. We found an adoption agency that was willing to work with us and help us find the answers we needed. In one week of working with the agency, we were given the ok to proceed with submitting our application to adopt a sibling set from the Dominican Republic. We submitted our application and we were approved a day late. Now after almost 3 years in the paperwork and waiting phase we are hoping to bring our two children home by this summer! We fell in love with two children from the waiting child list and are in the stages of moving forward with them. We want to give them a life of opportunity with parents who love them already. Looking at our fee’s and the cost of our adoption, it can be overwhelming. Once we are able to travel, meet, and bond with our children, we will be in the Dominican Republic for around 3-6 months. To date we have paid all of our current fee’s and our home-study fee’s, along with other adoption requirements for a total of $32,000. We will soon have $9,100 due as we move closer to being matched with the two children we are moving forward with from the waiting child list. We are weeks away from this and we are praying our finances come through. We ask that you consider helping us along the way because every bit helps us bring home these two beautiful children. Thank you all so much! Your support is incredible!!

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James and Haley Adopt

Since we started dating, we have wanted to adopt. In fact, we decided that adoption was our preferred way of starting a family, rather than the traditional biological route. There are already a lot of kids out there… The world doesn’t need more tiny James and Haleys running around: it needs more people to step up and love the kids who are already here.

When we started the licensing process for foster care (pictured), about two years ago, we fell in love with the idea. When we started caring for our first set of kids, one year ago now, we fell in love with them. We have loved every kid we’ve gotten to care for–and their families too. Today, we’re ready to welcome some children into our home that will get to be a part of our forever family. We’re open to an individual child, multiples, or a sibling group.

We’re standing with open hearts and open arms, ready to embrace the child/ren that God brings into our family.

So, we’re fundraising. We’re raising support and we’re raising awareness. Because it’s about so much more than money. Whenever a friend or family member feels called to help us out in some way, we feel like we have an ally rooting for our journey, for our future family. We need a community to pray with us, to wait with us, to listen to our less-than-patient moments, and to be here for the long haul. We need people who will hold the precious memories and the trials that come with adoption.

For those who are able to give financially, we’re so excited that Pure Gift of God has blessed us with a $1,500 matching grant!

We are incredibly grateful for the amazing people we have in our lives who are walking with us and will be there moving forward. Thank you!

To learn more about our story and follow along our adoption journey, check out EarleyBirds.com

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Banks’ Baby Brother

We have been awarded a $2000 matching grant to help fund adoption #2!  We are excited to announce that Banks’ biological brother is due April 2019.  We plan to travel to Arizona in less than 2 months to bring this baby boy into our family.  Two adoptions 14 months apart is truly a blessing.  We hope to maximize this matching grant from monetary gifts from our friends and family and can’t wait to see these brothers grow up together.

Thanks for your support and please keep us, Mama J and baby boy in your prayers!

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Bring Levi Home

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Supporting Loveseat’s Adoption

We are very grateful for the opportunity that Pure Gift of God has given us.  Once we reach our $2,000 fundraising goal, they will match with another $2,000, meaning $4,000 will be paid to our wonderful adoption agency that helped place baby Loveseat in our arms!

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Amber’s Adoption

I am pursuing a domestic infant adoption.  I have had a heart for children since high school and have felt the call to adopt for that long.  After an “almost” international adoption 7 years ago that desire only grew.  So here I am starting the journey again.  Thank you for your support to get me there!

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Hershberger Family Adoption

We are Lorne & Sharon Hershberger and we have 5 children. Our oldest 2 are married. Our family first adopted a little girl from Mexico in 2011 when we were living there serving as houseparents at Shining Light Children’s Home. Several years ago God began to lead us on the journey of bringing home another girl from Mexico. We gave Him our “yes” believing that He would provide the needed funds for the process and He has been so faithful every step of the way!

We are so grateful to Pure Gift of God for partnering with us through a $2,000 matching grant! Would you consider joining us on this journey as well by donating towards this fund? Your gifts will be matched up to $2,000, and will be tax deductible. All donations over the $2,000 goal will go towards Pure Gift of God’s general adoption fund to help other families adopt.



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