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“The Least of These”

25 Feb

holding-handsJesus calls us to care for those in our community and the world abroad in whatever ways we can (Matthew 25:31-46). Some are called to go and do. Some are called to prayerfully or financially support those who go and do. Some are called to rescue. Some are called to heal. Some are called to preach the Gospel. And some are called to adopt. David and I feel we fall in this last category, especially. Before we had even met one another, we each had a burden to add to whatever family God gave us by adoption. For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt called to rescue a little girl from China. (For months into my pregnancy with the trio I felt a stronger connection to our little girl who most likely wasn’t even born yet. Strange, isn’t it??) We have no idea how to make this happen as we are still swimming in toddlers, tantrums and diapers. =) But we trust the Lord will give us wisdom in how to move forward, and when! For now, we are being as faithful as we possibly can with finances…

For this family, though, the call to rescue children is enormous. The sacrifices they’ve made, the joy with which they do so – amazing! Check it out:

For those of you have already rescued through adoption, how did you raise money? What helped you to save? I’d love any suggestions or ideas! Thanks!!

I’m only one. But still, I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still, I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
– Edward Everett Hale

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17 responses to ““The Least of These”

  1. Allura

    February 25, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I pray all the time for our great Heavenly Father to supply the funds for you to rescue the child(ren) He has planned for y’all to bring into your wonderful little family. Dad and I have room in our hearts for as many grandchildren as the Lord gives us. ❤ I love your heart for adoption. And I love you. ❤

     
  2. Allura

    February 25, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Okay. I wrote that ^^ BEFORE watching the video. Now I can hardly see through my tears to type this comment. No words. None. Just worshipping the Father now, with a heart full of gratitude, and wanting to do more…so. Much. More.

     
  3. Jennifer Fountain

    February 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Hahaha! :o) You do so much, mom. Seriously.

     
  4. Cissy

    February 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    If it’s definitely China you are considering I’d start putting away any little bit that you can. Most of your money in international adoption is in the travel. The actual adoption fees are smaller in comparison. Your costs will depend upon fuel costs at the time, food, where in China your baby is and so on. It is cheaper for only one parent to travel BUT they are NOT automatic citizens upon returning and there is more paperwork and cost stateside. Our total cost for China was about $17,500 over 2 years. (this was for 3 adults to travel). You do not have to pay that up front but it trickles out over the length of the process. People panic over the cost but there is time in between payments to pay things off. It really is doable. All your hotel and food and transportation are pre-paid before you travel so the only thing you have to think about while you are there is your baby and incidentals. I would go back again in a heartbeat. Oh, and you are there for about 10 days to 2 weeks if you dont extend your trip for sightseeing. I know people who sell things on Etsy, have garage sales, get smaller houses, do with only one car, etc. to help fund their adoptions.

    On another note, there are MANY ethnic babies available in the US and adoption thru the Foster system is completely free….AND they get insurance until they are 18 AND their college to any state university is completely free AND you get a small stipend from the state each month as a thank you…….Thank you state of Florida. I would do this again in a heartbeat too.

    Hope this helps!

     
    • Jennifer Fountain

      February 27, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Cissy, thanks for replying in your short window of computer time. 😀 It is definitely China – it’s as cemented in mind and heart as much as I know these three munchies came from my body. 🙂 David also wants to adopt and has had a heart for bi-racial children, so we plan to adopt locally after we adopt from China. 😀

      $17.500 for everything? Ok…that’s helpful. We were juuuuuust starting to look into it when I got pregnant. 🙂 I knew there were restricitons on length of marriage and post-bio-baby processes so I’m hoping to begin looking into it now.

      So helpful. Don’t go anywhere as I’m sure we’ll have more questions. 😀

       
  5. Capri + 3--Theresa

    February 25, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    That is a beautiful story about the family who has adopted so many children from all over the world. It is wonderful that you plan to adopt a little girl some day.

     
    • Jennifer Fountain

      February 27, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Thanks, Theresa! :o) We’d be catching up to you, haha!

       
  6. Kelly

    February 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    David and I saved money any way we could. We did a garage sale where friends/family donated items, we bought lollipops for the girls to sell so they could be apart of the raising money process. More than anything, we found a Christian organization that was “affordable” and they offered interest free financing. We also applied for a bunch of grants. There are a lot of ways! Plus, God is bigger than our finances!!!

     
    • Jennifer Fountain

      February 27, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Yes! Thank you for the reminder! It’s so easy to be bogged down in the present financial situation…can you send me info on the organization y’all used? Are they international?

       
  7. SLM

    February 26, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    We adopted our twins. We did no fundraising and paid for our adoption out of savings and sacrifice.

     
  8. Amanda

    February 26, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I loved this! We hope to adopt someday as well, and even started the process and then life took a different turn. We keep saving and praying!

     
    • Jennifer Fountain

      February 27, 2013 at 10:54 am

      We did, too, Amanda!! Ha! We were starting to look into it the month we found out we were pregnant with the trio. Whoops! So glad God is sovereign – I trust when we revisit we’ll have further direction! 🙂

       
  9. Kenny

    February 27, 2013 at 1:17 am

    I love this post so much and your hearts are so beautiful. I grew up wanting a dozen children. Because of choices I made (you know!). That can’t happen physically with Paula and I. We’re praying and asking God to make clear the next steps. Finances are huge in terms of taking the next steps. We’ve heard that adopting bi racial and black children are sometimes easier in the states. Because we’re already a mixed couple we’d love that for phoebe. We’ll be praying for you and your future children. We’d cherish yours! Does anyone suggest an agency (preferably Christian) that offers support for Canadians seeking to adopt in the US. Appreciate any advice. Kenny

     
    • Jennifer Fountain

      February 27, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Kenny! I love it! I love seeing God redeem what Satan meant for evil! How awesome is He??????? Can’t wait to see what He does!

       
  10. Heather

    February 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Looooove the heart for adoption!!! Will pray God opens the doors He wills and your family grows as big as your hearts desires! We were foster parents for a short time and if I could I’d foster again right now and Lord willing eventually adopt. Sooo many options out there from free adoptions through the state where kids have been neglected, abused and abandoned and desperately long for safety and a loving forever family. To private adoptions over seas. The options are endless, how exciting and great!

     
    • Jennifer Fountain

      March 4, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks, Heather! I love how many “children” you have through your ministry! Can’t wait to hear the Saviour’s “well done, faithful servant.” You are doing well!! 🙂

       

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