When we began this journey, we knew that so much of what was going to happen was in God’s hands. I remember calling Bob Goff, and telling him there was a door upon which “Adoption Finances” was scrawled, and it wasn’t budging. He prayed with me, and told me to call him back when God had helped us to kick down the door. We’ve still not arrived on the other side of the door, but God is sure doing one heck of a ninja-kick at it.
The basic breakdown of our total costs is this:
1. Application and home-study fees – PAID
1. $9,000 as we accepted a referral – PAID
2. $9,000 when our case goes to court – ALMOST RAISED!
3. $3,000 as final payment
4. Estimated $6,000 in travel expenses…ish.
Our first payment of $9,000 was made earlier this year. It felt surreal being able to send it. The next payment of $9,000 is due when our case “goes to court”, which has been a potential occurance for a few months now. We’ve been praying for it to happen, but at the same time we’ve been realizing IF it happened, we didn’t have the money to send. But recently we realized – we’re almost there.
We’re about $2,000 away from reaching our next $9,000 payment. But here’s the cool part – we’ve been given a matching grant recently. That means we only need to raise another $1,000 and we’ll have the $9,000 we need to actually adopt our daughter in the courts of the DRC. This is where she legally becomes “ours”!!
I know we’ve already “written a letter”, and sent it to so many family and friends. Sooo many of you have given, and we’re crazy-grateful. But just in case this blog is able to reach places our first letter never reached, we’re putting it out there. If you’ve EVER wanted to give, but for whatever reason you waited – now is the time! Every dollar you give gets doubled automatically!! $1 becomes $2! $5 becomes $10! $10 becomes $20! (you get the picture, NO amount is too small!!)
If you’re able, here are the instructions: Please send all donations made payable to “Hand in Hand Christian Adoption” postmarked by January 24th, 2014 to: (for tax purposes please include our name on the outside of the envelope only…do not put our name on the check itself)
Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc.
Chadwick & Sarah Anderson
18318 Mimosa Court
Gardner, KS 66030
Again, thanks SOO much to each of you. For your prayers and support, and for the generous outpouring that has come in waves as we’ve been working to knock this door down. Feel free to forward this request on, if you know of anyone who loves financial magic tricks ($1,000 becomes $2,000!!!). Join us in prayer, and we will keep you updated as we arrive at the January 24th deadline!!