The Josiah Fund


If you have known our family for any length of time, you know the story of our sweet nephew Josiah. Josiah was born with spina bifida in 1994. We were visiting Derek and Renee in Georgia and were able to be  present at the time of his birth. We fell in love and had our hearts broken all at the same time. We moved to Georgia a year later and were blessed to have a very close relationship with Josiah. Josiah passed away in June of 1996 at age 2 1/2.

It was an incredibly difficult time for our entire family. John and I not only walked through our own heart ache, but we had to walk through the grieving process with our son Nicholas, who at the time was only 4 years old. Josiah had been his closest friend. I cannot even begin to explain the bond that “SiSi” and “Nicko” had with each other. It was precious and real and very deep. They adored each other.

Josiah’s life impacted us all. He changed our family forever.

Today I am so pleased to share with you the conception of THE JOSIAH FUND. The Josiah Fund has been established with the vision to rescue and adopt needy and neglected children, many who will have special needs. I invite you to visit The Josiah Fund Website, read about Derek and Renee’s vision, and pray about how you might partner with them to help them walk out this vision.

There is a link for giving on the website or you may mail donations to The Josiah Fund P.O. Box 259 Grandview, MO 64030


2 thoughts on “The Josiah Fund

  1. That’s so beautiful Tracie! When I heard Derek share his story a few short months ago, I never thought I’d be working with your family and witnessing the strength that you all carry. It’s a strength that is perfected by letting Him carry you in your weaknesses. You have such a beautiful family and I am proud to be a part of it! Love you!

  2. What a wonderful way to share his memory…

    My inlaws also lost a son at a young age. Benjamin, Mike’s younger brother, was 8 and died of cancerous brain tumors. During our adoption they created a fund to help with the adoption costs of children with Ds from abroad… the Benjamin Cornish Memorial Fund. It’s amazing how some of those that were here the shortest time sometimes leave the biggest impact.

    God bless you all, thanks for sharing this with us!

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