So God’s ways are not our ways….for sure. Little did we know last year at this time that the Lord would call us to adopt four brothers from Haiti! This week we got to see pictures of their precious faces, we know their names and we know their stories. We are not allowed to share this information, but trust us we are smitten!
Then today we were told how much the international fees would be. Please sit down. $56,300. UGH. This does not include thousands we have already paid, nor travel fees. I know we are CRAZY! For a better understanding of why adoption costs so much, please go here: http://showhope.org/5-reasons-adoption-can-be-expensive. Plus, this is four boys instead of one. We are utilizing several 0% interest credit cards, applying for a home equity line and praying hard! We have been accepted by the Abba Fund for a 0% loan, but that will not come until the end of the adoption process. So, today America World recommended we begin to fundraise ASAP! So here is our idea: The Eleven Campaign. This idea came from this story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/30/hony-boy-from-ethiopia_n_4177784.html . In this story a family’s entire cost of adoption was raised and most of their donations were in $10 gifts! I thought that seems doable…..since our family will go from seven children to eleven….I thought we would try to get the word out to as many as we could for donations of eleven dollars . Please, don’t think eleven dollars is too small! If 100 people give $11., that is 1,100! If you can give 11$ towards bringing home our sons please go to: http://www.awaa.org/give/eternal_family_program.aspx and designate your tax deductible eleven dollars for the Ron Schaffner family. You will receive notification of your giving amount, and then will receive a receipt in the mail designating it to our family. We will receive 100% of these contributions, nothing will go to America World. Or use this link: http://www.youcaring.com/adoption-fundraiser/eleven-campaign/116518, which will take you to our new fundraising page! Feel free to share our eleven campaign with anyone…maybe it will go viral and we can fund this entire adoption! Feel free to share it on your Facebook page, or whatever way you can. Thank you for considering this. Many blessings to you.
Ron and Michelle Schaffner