"I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you... John 14:18
Some of you know we have felt called and directed by God to adopt two special orphan boys into our family. We are adopting twin boys from Zambia, Africa. The boys turned 5 years old in August and are currently known as Jacob & Meleki. As a family, we’ve been excitedly praying for them and can't wait to bring them home!
Did you know it is estimated less than 10% of all orphan children are adopted into evangelical Christian families? According to current estimates, if only 10% more Christians in America would adopt, it would be equivalent to providing homes for all the orphans in Eastern Europe (1.5 million), Latin America (400,000), and the US foster care system (150,000).
Some of you are probably wondering what has prompted us to adopt. Well, primarily, we’ve felt so clearly directed by God to adopt that we want to obey Him, and we also have always dreamed of giving an orphan child (children) a family they wouldn't otherwise have. God desires for orphans of all nations to be loved, cared for and adopted into Christian families – ultimately so they can become saved, and be adopted into His eternal family through Jesus Christ! There are so many things God has used to prick our hearts and move us to adopt, here are a few:
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction… James 1:27
While we were praying about whether or not to adopt, we were eating dinner one night in our dining room. Tirzah pointed to two empty chairs and said "we need two more kids so our table will be full"...little did she know, God was just about to direct us to two little boys to fill those empty chairs!
The biggest challenge for us is not opening our hearts and home to another child, but it is in finding the finances to make this happen. We estimate our total cost for adoption fees, document preparation, home study, airfare, travel, attorney fees, etc. to be $14,000 - that’s certainly money we don’t have, but we know God is faithful and is leading us to trust Him. So far we have been able to pay the initial $2750.
Honestly, it’s a little difficult (because of our pride), to make our needs known to the Body of Christ around us, but we also know it’s very Biblical to do so. We appreciate your friendship very much and would like you to pray & consider helping us in our adoption. There are two ways you can help:
1. Prayer – Please pray God would care for Jacob & Meleki in Zambia until we are able to bring them home, that God would prepare Tirzah, Zion, Azlan and Azahria for the upcoming changes to our family, and that God will give us wisdom, discernment, and insight as we raise them to know Jesus.
2. Financial support - Will you please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us pay the remaining $11,250 in adoption expenses, to bring our boys home?
Lifesong ( HYPERLINK "http://www.lifesongfororphans.org" www.lifesongfororphans.org) has graciously given a Matching Grant of $3,000 to help.
If you would like to be a part of God bringing Jacob & Meleki to Himself through our family, you can send your tax-deductible gift between now and FEBRUARY 10th to the address below. Lifesong is a trusted organization administering the funds on our boys' behalf, and will pay adoption expenses out of funds received.
Please make checks payable to: Lifesong. You may preference how the donation might be used by writing “preference Dean & Janice Walker Family Adoption” in the memo section of your check.
(*Note: In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong which retains full discretion and control over its use.)
Mail checks to:
Lifesong for Orphans
Att: Dean & Janice Walker Family Adoption
PO Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744
Thank you for investing in our family and God's family through prayer and finances – it will be an investment with an eternal return! (Matt 6:20)
Dean & Janice
Tirzah, Zion, Azlan & Azahria
December 16, 2009
Dear church, family, and friends of Dean and Janice Walker,
Lifesong for Orphans ( HYPERLINK "http://www.lifesongfororphans.org" www.lifesongfororphans.org) is a non-profit Christian ministry dedicated to help meet the needs of orphan children around the world, and obey God’s call to “visit the fatherless…in their affliction” (James 1:27).
The number of children worldwide without families to love and care for them is astounding… there are over 5.5 million orphans in Africa alone!
God tells us in His word He has heard the cry of the orphaned and abandoned children (Psalm 10:17, 18) and He has made a way for them to be cared for – through adoption. As believers, He adopted us into His family through Jesus, and did not leave us as spiritual orphans!
We believe adoption at its core is evangelism--a vital part of the Great Commission is bringing the mission field home. God desires orphans from all nations to be adopted into Christ-honoring families so they may ultimately be adopted into His eternal family through Jesus Christ. God calls us to fulfill James 1:27, “visit the fatherless…” but not all are called to adopt. Some are called to pray, some to give financially, some to go on mission trips, and some to adopt.
Dean and Janice have sensed God’s call . . . and have joyfully stepped out in faith and obedience to adopt Jacob and Meleki from Zambia. As you may already know, international adoption can cost around $25,000 and prevents many godly families from adopting. Lifesong believes God has raised up the Walker family “for such a time as this…” and we have committed an Adoption Matching Grant of $3,000 to help raise the funds necessary to complete the adoption of these special little boys. This means Lifesong for Orphans will match “dollar-for-dollar” everything the Walkers raise from their church, family, and friends between now and February 10, 2010, up to $3,000. We invite you to support them financially to make this adoption possible. Your gift is tax deductible and you will receive a tax-deductible receipt. *100% of all funds raised will go directly to cover adoption costs--nothing will be taken out for Lifesong for Orphans administrative costs.
Will you invest financially in the life of these precious twin boys? . . . It will be an investment with eternal return.
God bless you for laying your treasures up in Heaven,
p.s. I trust God will do great and mighty things through this, and all for His Glory!
ι PO Box 40 ι 202 N Ford St ι Gridley, IL 61744 ι
ι phone 309 747 3556 ι fax 309 747 4647 ι www.lifesongfororphans.org ι