It seems to be quite fitting that we are writing about a gift we received recently as we are preparing to celebrate the coming of a Gift that God gave the world for the purpose of salvation.
We received a call a week ago from an organization we had applied to for an adoption grant. They called to tell us the board of directors met and agreed to give us a $2,000 matching grant toward our remaining expenses!
This is a GIFT for us! To receive support from an outside organization, one in which acknowledges the value of adoption and the call of Christ is an incredible blessing for our family. Lifesong for Orphans is just that organization! It is a non-profit Christian ministry dedicated to help meet the needs of orphan children around the world, and to obey God’s call to “visit the fatherless…in the affliction” (James 1:27). Lifesong serves families, churches, and orphans through adoption funding, and advocates daily for the needs of orphans around the world.
Lifesong for Orphans and Family Christian Stores have partnered together to award us a matching grant for $2,000…this is where we need your help in praying for the rest of the funds to come in, and we ask you to consider partnering with us to fill in the gap- Lifesong will gift us based upon the funds that come into their agency under our name.
We have a goal date of February 10, 2015 to complete these matching funds, and would love to have your partnership. This entire adoption journey has been one in which we acknowledge the power God has in provisions and one where we can only give Him the glory. We are very uncertain of what the final cost of this entire journey will be, but we are certain of the fact that without the Lord’s involvement, none of our journey would be paid (to see the progress, and expenses that are left please click on the “adoption status” at the top of this page).
He not only has given us the ability to complete the items we sell and to save from our own incomes, He has moved hearts of individuals to give to our adoption. ***We owe MANY, MANY ‘thank yous’ from throughout the years for helping us along on this journey! One day I truly hope to sit down and absorb all that has been done in Jesus’ name…and to truly write these overdue thank yous!***
As much as we would love to say we are done with the cost of the adoption- we have some big funds needed for the rest of the journey to our son (I know I sound like a broken record!)
This is why we want to provide friends, family, and possibly loving hearts with information to help us match the pledged funds by Lifesong. Below are several options that can be utilized to give in honor of our family. 100% of the funds given in our name will be given to our adoption! Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all US administrative and fund-raising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners), which allows Lifesong to give all adoptive funds without charge.
HOW TO DONATE:
-Please make checks payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”.
-In the memo, note “Gingerich family # 4962) to assure it goes to the correct account.
-It can be mailed to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744
-to pay online go to www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate
-Select “give to adoptive family”.
-Complete the online form and fill in #4962 in family account field and ‘Gingerich’ under family name field.
Note: PayPal charges an administrative fee (2.9% + $.30 USD per transaction). Your donation will be decreased by the amount of this fee.
-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 $50 or more and yearly donations totally $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request. Lifesong is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt organization.
-If you have questions about donations please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to so graciously thank each of you who have already given to our adoption…the blessings that have come have both humbled us and dropped us to our knees in thanksgiving!