We have such an exciting praise report to share today!
The Host Children Are Coming Back!
Many of you have been following our family's story of orphan hosting (and hopefully adoption). Over the past few weeks we have been trying to raise $10,700 to bring the 3 children who stayed with us at Christmas back again this summer, and also to bring their younger sister.
It's been tough. Two weeks ago we were facing our first financial deadline, but we were $2,000 short of the amount we needed that day. After doing absolutely everything I could think of, I finally laid down for a brief rest. Two hours later I woke up with a jolt realizing I had fallen asleep and now our time was almost gone! Meanwhile my telephone was blowing up with text messages from friends saying “Go check the Fundraising page!” The Lord had sent a precious family to donate $3,808 while I was sleeping! That met the first goal and the deposit for plane tickets was made.
This weekend a donation was made to our host children's account that put us at the point that they are now fully funded to come to our home this summer! (By “fully funded” I mean we have enough money for the entire trip… train tickets, plane tickets, passports, visas, and meals while they're en route.) So, it is “confirmed” as much as it can be confirmed… that the children will be coming this summer! (That is, assuming they don't get chicken pox or something similar! There are still no guarantees, but it's sure looking good!)
When I think about all the money the Lord has sent since November to bring these children into our home, it's nothing short of miraculous! He truly has a special place in His heart for orphans and pours out His blessings on them. Thank you so very much for the all the ways you have been part of our story.
If You Still Feel Led To Give
It looks very likely that our host children will be returning for a 3rd visit over Christmas. (This particular adoption has some things slowing it down). The $1,000 deposit will be due without much notice, so we are leaving the fundraising page open. Any money above and beyond what we need for this trip will be used for the next trip. I would love to see the next trip fully funded soon, but I am completely leaving that in God's hands and trusting His timing. If you feel led to donate to our host children, click here.
Other Families Still Fundraising
Here are some other families who are still in the process of raising funds for this summer's hosting. If you feel led to give to these families, the links are below:
Margie Seely has been adopting and advocating for orphans since her early 20's. She adopted her first child before she was even married! They have several adopted children now and their family hosted a sibling group three years ago. That group has wanted to come back but hasn't been able to but the Seely family has stayed in close contact all this time. Through a series of miracles, they are able to return this year, as long as the funds can be raised!
The Ephron Family is simultaneously trying to fundraise to rehost their host daughter from last winter and to adopt her! They are a family of 6 with four daughters and are trying to bring daughter #5 home!
The Southerington Family is a first time host family! They alredy have a 10 year old son and will be hosting a 14 year old boy.
The Saunders Family hosted a young lady last winter and are currently in the process of adopting her and her 17 year old brother. They plan to travel to Europe to complete the adoptions while the rest of us are hosting.
The Thompson Family have 2 biological sons and a daughter adopted from Europen in 2014. The adoption set them back financially, but they have preserved and have been able to host another young man since then. They are now trying to bring him back this summer.
Follow Our Hosting Adventures!
The best support you can offer is your prayer support! You can follow our orphan hosting adventures in our Dubois Adoption Prayer Warriors Facebook Group (which I update much more often than my blog!).