We have been extremely blessed by the Girlfriend’s Ministry at our church who approached us with the desire to help us raise funds to bring Yu Fen home – which will be close to $30,000 by the time we are back from China with Yu Fen. Looking at this amount of money is mind boggling, but when God is at the forefront of taking care of one of His orphans, you learn to look past it. It’s been one of the greatest challenge of trust we’ve ever went through. We went to an Adoption and Orphan Conference this spring and we were told that most people can not afford to adopt, but if you put your hope and trust in God everything seems to fall into place.
The Lakeside Girlfriends Ministry will be hosting a trivia night fundraiser on Friday, July 27th at 7:00 PM. Doors will open at 6:00 PM. Everyone is welcome! This will be a family friendly event. Tickets are $10 per person to play and a light dinner of Sloopy Joes, chips and a drink will be available for $5 per person. Start gathering your friends now and strategize your team. A Silent Auction will take place during the event so come ready to bid. There will be a bake sale as well.
Sign up here through our church website!
We appreciate everyone’s support! We have about $14,000-15,000 to go!
We have been overwhelmed by the support and kindness of several people – you know who you are and we are so thankful. Most of all, God has been present in this journey and we would not be where we are without His divine intervention. So far, with every payment we’ve made with our adoption we’ve had not more, not less, but exactly the amount needed to make the payment….usually within cents. Also, overall things have been smooth. I’ve had an overwhelming sense of calmness about everything – which is good, since I tend to stress too much about things I have no control over.
One year ago we had no idea that we would be adopting for sure, let alone be in the process to bring our daughter home. That these precious babies and children are abandoned and left in these orphanages is sickening and to be able to make a difference in the life of one of them is amazing. We don’t understand why this happens, but I found a quote by Max Lucado that says what I am thinking, but can’t put into words.
This is to you Ruth “Yu Fen” – “You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman.”
THE LATEST AND GREATEST…..
We were logged in to China’sCenter for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) on June 20th. At that point our “dossier” (all the legal paperwork) is translated. We found out July 19th that our file is actually in process. This means that our paperworkd has been translated and we are waiting for our “LOA” or Letter of acceptance – where we get to check the box that yes, we accept Yu Fen officially as our daughter. The amount of time to LOA varies. I’ve heard at little at 15 days to as many as 100+ days. But, fortunately most people that I know of have had more along the 15-30 day range. This means we may have LOA as soon as August 3rd! Travel occurs approx 2 months after this point. Many are travelling sooner than that. We pray to be in China before October – the first week is a week of holiday (i.e. country shut down) and after that is the big trade show in Guangzhou City (i.e. hotels double in price) – where we’ll be for the 2 weeks. We are used to roughing it with travel, but travelling to China to pick up a more than likely terrified toddler I want to stay somewhere that is more familiar with familiar foods. All who have seen me travel know my stomach takes about a week to catch up.
Among other news is our upcoming trivia night….I’ll do a separate post for that. Stay tuned!
Many thanks 🙂