People frequently ask those adopting, "How can you afford to adopt?"
As I have poured through scripture, my response is, "How can we NOT afford to adopt?"
God's Word is very clear on how we should use the money He has blessed us with.
He commands us to care for the orphan.
It may look different for each believer.
For some this means to adopt.
For some it may mean to sponsor a child in an orphanage or an orphan that needs specific medical care.
For others it may mean to help those that are adopting.
These are just a few of the scriptures found in God's Word that relate to adoption and the orphan:
With that being said, only 3% of the people that adopt actually have the finances needed to adopt sitting in an account waiting to be used. The rest of us have to be creative, frugal, intentional, and trusting that God will provide each and every penny that is needed!
So, as our family begins to walk this journey to bring our daughter home, we've asked for God to show us how to save money, cut our spending, and raise money.
Two of the ways that God has shown us for raising money has been through two organizations.
147 Million Orphans
Just Love Coffee
We are so excited to partner with these 2 organizations!
Gwen and Suzanne at 147 Million Orphans are two amazing women, with 13 children between the 2 of them, who love the Lord and who love the orphan. God has also given them a heart for helping families that are trying to adopt by supplying a way to earn money while still helping the orphans around the world!
Jason and his wife at Just Love Coffee also had a desire to help families trying to adopt as well as give back to the orphanage they adopted their children from!
I will be posting separately on these two amazing groups but I just wanted to share with each of you how you can help us.
I have added the links to each site on the side of our blog.
When you click on the 147 button, FROM OUR BLOGS ONLY, you can order gear directly from 147 and have it shipped directly to you. Our family will be able to earn 30% of all sales and it will be paid directly to our agency. This will pay for our agency fees and international adoption fees.
When you click on the Just Love Coffee button (which I'm trying to fix the link), it WILL take you to our coffee shop. (www.justlovecoffee.com/TheSwartzlanders) Here you can purchase bags of coffee from around the world. For each bag of coffee you buy, our family earns $5 towards our adoption. What we rasie is mailed directly to us. This will be especially useful when we need to purchase our airline tickets, our hotel/food/in-country travel costs, Khloe's Visa and medical exam and her ticket HOME!
We humbly ask that you pray and ask God how you can help us. And if you wouldn't mind, would you tell your friends and family about us and our fundraising projects? Often times people want to help, but they just don't know how. If you have a blog, would you post a link to our blog?
Please know that we will be praying blessings over each of you and your families!
"God Funds What He Favors!" (gwen and suzanne @ 147 Million Orphans)