It’s no secret that we’ve been fundraising like crazy lately and it is so exciting each time we get a new puzzle piece “sponsor”. More than the financial blessing (which is a HUGE), it has been amazing to see the body of Christ at work. Honestly, the words of encouragement, cards, and prayers are what is making this experience so very sweet. We have received support from those closest to us to people we haven’t talked to since grade school, and even from complete strangers. But, if I’m being completely honest, fundraising has also been completely nerve-wracking for me. Are we going about this the right way? Am I posting to social media at the best time of the day? Should we do a different fundraiser? Do people think we are crazy for asking for money for our adoption? Do people not want to give because they don’t think it should cost so much? Are people offended that we are fundraising for an adoption?
Until about a week ago.
God whispered something to me the other night as I was laying in bed, mind racing, asking myself all of those same kinds of questions. Wondering why it has to cost so much, wondering if there’s a better way to go about all of this. I heard the Holy Spirit whisper to me, ” He’s already paid the ultimate cost through His son, Jesus Christ.”
Without Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection, I would not be an adopted daughter of the King.
My adoption cost HIM everything.
And, suddenly, the cost of our adoption no longer feels scary. The task of fundraising seems a little less embarrassing and a lot more humbling. Because I’ve been adopted as a child of God, I can rest in the fact that all of my needs will be met. (Matthew 7:11) Because we feel we are called to grow our family in this way, I can trust that He will fund that which He favors. All I have to do is be obedient to God and He will take care of the rest. It feels good to know that the same God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills, meaning, the earth and everything in it, calls me His own.
And funding He is. When we started the process, we knew we would need an immediate $1,500.00 to give to our adoption worker at our first home study visit. That might not seem like a huge number to some but we were just coming off of the Christmas holiday and I’m a stay-at-home mama. So let’s be real, we don’t ususally have an extra $1,500.00 just laying around. We hadn’t started fundraising yet but we decided to go ahead and move forward with the process and, you know what? God is always on time. He provided the exact amount we needed, exactly when we needed it!
Once we started fundraising, we were immediately able to cover the costs of all of our background checks, medical evaluations, fingerprints, profile books, and everything else that was required to actually complete the home study and move forward in the process.
But wait! There’s more!
In my post about the cost of adoption, I gave a breakdown of all the fees that we have to be able to pay along the way. The next check we will need to write will be at “match”. That means, once we receive the phone call that an expectant mother has chosen us, we will need to write our next check to the agency. And guess what? We will be able to do that! We won’t have to say “no” to a baby because we don’t have the funds yet. Well, actually, we probably would’ve just feverishly applied for a loan so we wouldn’t have to say “no” and then continued to fundraise to pay it off. 🙂 But, we don’t even have to do that now! How awesome is that?!?!?!
No, this doesn’t mean that we are done fundraising. Although we are rejoicing at hitting some big milestones, the biggest
chunks of change funds are yet to be due. What it does mean is that we will continue on with our fundraising efforts fully trusting that God’s got this!