So much has happened in the last few days regarding adoption finances. As mentioned in a previous post, our agency was requiring us to pay $9500 before they would send our dossier to Ghana. We have been desperately trying to raise this money to get our process moving again. A couple days ago I emailed our agency letting them know we would be sending $6000 this week and asking if that was enough to get our dossier sent. Later that same day a dear friend (and adoptive mama) called me with an offer. After talking to her husband they decided to loan us the rest of the money to get our dossier in the mail! I was shocked and in tears. Normally we would not consider taking a loan from friends but at this point we were just so desperate to get things moving and get our babies home. Now, I mentioned there was a small contingency. They needed to sell their mini van first. Once that happened they would send the money to our agency. Praise God, He moved that mountain! But wait, there is more....
Yesterday I received an email back from our agency. They were willing to accept the $6000 and send off our dossier. Another concern we had was that the rest of our fees, equaling $14,000, were going to be due before the first trip. YIKES! Once again, God had this the whole time. We were told that those fees wouldn't be due until the last trip. WHEW! A huge burden has been lifted. (Needless to say, we will not be taking a loan from our friends but we are very grateful to them for the offer!)
Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22
Now we can focus on getting the money for travel, which will happen approximately 2-3 months after our dossier is sent. For this first trip I am estimating we will need about $6000. This covers round trip flights from Turkey (planning to get there free via space a flights with the military), hotels in Ghana, food, transportation, visa fees for the kids, and spending money. Our goal is to have $10,000 by the time we travel. $6000 for us and the rest towards agency fees. So, how can you help? Well, over the next few months we will have a couple things going on. We will continue to promote our puzzle fundraiser and would greatly appreciate it if you would share it with others as well. In November I will be hosting another Thirty One party and my consultant has, once again, offered to give all profit to our adoption fund. Most importantly, as cliche as this may sound, we need and covet your prayers!
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. 1 John 5:14