A week ago, April 21st, a precious family, Roger and Angela Spier said YES to LIFE. I had gotten word about a little boy (now Jonah) who had just been born with Down Syndrome and the adoptive family had backed out of the adoption after finding he had DS because they didn’t feel prepared for a child with special needs. The agency was frantically trying to find a family to come adopt this child.
After wrestling with the Lord and realizing this was not to be MY child, I made some calls, posted a few “Help” posts and Roger and Angela connected with the agency. Just like that were preparing for an all night drive to Wichita, KS. There was a lot of emailing, a lot of texting and great faith to believe that the Father would provide every penny of the $14,500 needed to complete this adoption. The first sign of the Lord’s faithfulness was a neighbor who walked over and handed Angela $1000. I gave Angela quick instructions on how to set up a paypal account, and told her I would get the word out. I had incredible faith that the Lord would do this.
Then in the midst of some crazy God whirlwind, the body of Christ came together in just one week and gave $14,500 to rescue this precious one and set him in a family that would love him forever and raise him to know the true love of the Father.
Angela and Roger are “friends of a friend” and have been facebook/email acquaintances of mine for a year or so. At this moment however we are friends for life. This kind of journey unites hearts in a pretty solid way. And let me tell you, I can hardly wait to hold this little guy in my arms one day and tell him how many people believed in his life, and how very much I love him.
I’ve hear things like “you have a real knack for fund raising” or “wow, you must be really powerful,” and honestly it’s really none of that at all. I just used my voice and the platform the Lord has given me to speak out for this precious LIFE and declare that he is “fearfully and wonderfully made” and worth every bit of sacrifice required for the redemption of his life. After all the Father paid the ultimate price, the life of His very own son, to adopt each of us into His family and call us His children. A measly 14.5K is nothing compared to that.
I spent the last hour compiling some numbers in regards to the giving that took place for this adoption. I did it to show you that every penny counts. I think sometimes people hesitate to give when they consider their gift to be small. I’d like to encourage you that it is the act of giving that blesses the Father’s heart and releases a complete outpouring of provision. Look what God did!
Here’s how it went down:
182 donations were received
91 people gave under $30
38 people gave $31-$60
2 people gave $61-$99
42 people gave $100-$200
5 people gave $201-$500
4 people gave $501-$1000
1 person gave over $1000
(The average donation was $80.)
I would also like to note that many of you I do not know, have never met, and may never meet. But I am grateful for each and everyone of you. From CA, FL, PA, TX, CO, MI, KY, MO, KS, IN, SC, AR, Canada….the list goes on!)
From the bottom of my heart,
Thank you all!