Both Hands Project

We are really excited about our latest fundraiser.  We are doing a Both Hands project.  I shared the link earlier to the video explaining this, but here it is again in case you missed it.http://www.lifesongfororphans.org/adoption-funding/both-hands/  We will be helping a woman in our church and her two children, Tamara Ball from Blissfield, MI. She lost her husband two years ago to an aggressive cancer and needs some help with home repairs.  We recruit team members who send out support letters to be sponsored for their day of work.  This money goes to Lifesong and is used to support our adoption.  She gets her home repaired while we raise funds for our adoption, thus “Both Hands.”  Our work day is July 26th at 8 am. A few men are working the Saturday before also as they were gone on the 26th.  We will take any donations of food, supplies for the work day.  If you know of any businesses that would be willing to donate, let us know!  It is also a face book event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/681385888600907/

Please be in prayer for this event:

1.  Pray for God to be Glorified

2.  Pray we get a lot done  for Tamara

3.  Pray we raise the funds we need for the rest of the adoption

4. Also pray we get a referral soon!

Blessings and Love,

The Schaffner Family

 

Matching Grant Information

Some of you have asked about our matching grant information, I would be glad to send you a letter or here is the basic information you need:

To send a tax deductible donation for our $3000 matching grant:

  1. Please prayerfully consider giving a tax deductible donation as we have been blessed with a $3000 matching grant funded by Family Christian Ministries, through Lifesong for Orphans to help pay for our adoption expenses.  Our goal date is August 4, 2014, but funds will be accepted until our sons are home and/or the adoption is complete.

Please make checks payable to “Lifesong for Orphans.” In the memo, note “Schaffner  #4451” to assure it goes to the right account. Please mail to: Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL. 61744.  Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all U.S. administrative and fund-raising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners).  This means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.  Lifesong is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your gift is tax deductible.

Thank you for your prayers and for so many of you who have already so generously given! 
Blessings,

Ron and Michelle

 

Adoption Potpouri

 

I am reading a book entitled, Adopted for Life, by Russell D. Moore.  If you have ever even considered adoption this book is for you.  This book was given to us by a young man who embodies the scripture in I Timothy 4:12 “  Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity”.  He is a college student but believes so much in adoption and supporting those who are adopting that he gave us the book along with a donation to our adoption.

Why I had never really considered the fact that Joseph was an adoptive father of Jesus I do not know.  But, Moore brings this out in his book.  Here is one paragraph of this amazing book:

“Joseph serves as a model to follow as we see what’s at stake in the issue of adoption. Joseph, after all, is an adoptive father.  In some ways, his situation is, of course, far different from that of any reader holding this book right now.  In other ways, though, Joseph’s mission belongs to all of us.  As Joseph images the father of the fatherless, he shows us how adoption is more than charity.  It’s spiritual warfare.” P. 59

It surely would have been so much easier for Joseph to forget this whole fatherhood thing, especially considering what others thought.  But, thankfully, he obeyed.

Please pray for us as we have a Skype grant interview on April 28th in the evening.   We also have an opportunity with Lifesong for a program called “Helping Hands.”  This is best explained by visiting this link and watching the short video: http://www.lifesongfororphans.org/adoption-funding/both-hands/

We recently were told that the earliest we would go for our first trip is early fall.  The wait is hard, but apparently this is happening across the board with all Haiti adoptions, with all agencies and all states as they transition to a Hague adoptive country.  We continue to pray for miraculous intervention by the Lord that our sons can get home in record time….and for His glory.  Would you join us in prayer for this?   We continue to ask the Lord for our first two week trip to be this summer and that the boys would be home by Christmas.

We were advised it might be helpful to share what we have personally given, so that others realize we are not expecting this entire adoption be funded by others.  We have refinanced, used our tax return and put some on a 0% interest credit card to get the first payment made.  That was about $33,500. 

 We continue to be blessed in so many ways that we see the Lord providing and working.  May we share some of the many different ways the Lord has provided?

  1.   Tonight was one of my favorite donations.  After our devotions about caring for the orphan and widow…Joshua brought us $20.00 and said, “This is for the adoption.”  Our children have already sacrificed their allowances and report card money, so this was huge!  Thank you Joshua!
  2. One night several months back when Ron was waiting in line at Meijer he began talking with an older lady.  She brought up being thankful for our food and then she shared she had been to Haiti on a mission trip before.  Ron shared we had the privilege to go on mission trips to the DR and we were adopting from Haiti.  Then she asked if we were the family in the paper and Ron said yes.  When Ron went to pay for our groceries she insisted on paying, saying, “The Lord told me to do this.”
  3. Another woman said she was sharing this story with her hairdresser while getting her hair done.  When her hair was done her hairdresser said, don’t pay me give this to the family that is adopting.  (we don’t even know either of these people)
  4. Another lady we do know said her family collected donations at Christmas.
  5. My mom has been passing out fliers at her swim class and even her dentist helped in our matching grant.
  6. We have had several donations of clothes for the boys and for our girls.  These things help so much as well.
  7. There is a lady at church who gives us eggs each week.
  8. My wonderful husband is working so hard teaching an extra hour this year and possibly next year.
  9. So many of you have shared our story on facebook and with friends.
  10. Another gal gave us her fundraising donations from her pilates class.
  11. We had never (please don’t scold us) set up a will and custody officially, and this kind gentlemen did it for us at a very reduced rate, Thank you!
  12. We have been amazed by the number of former students who have given and encouraged us!
  13. Our ladies prayer team has been praying for us every time they meet.
  14. Our Pastors and staff pray for us every Tuesday
  15. Several people have written us several grant referral letters.
  16. More sweet stories next time!

Thank you all so much for your prayers as we wait.  This in some ways is the hardest part.  We know God always works in our lives through waiting though.  So, we will wait upon Him. 

 

“My soul waits for the Lord…”  Psalm 130:6

 

 

For a tax deductible donation go here: http://www.awaa.org/give/eternal_family_program.aspx
or click on eleven campaign to give to our you caring sight.

Praises and Misc

Praises
 We received our I171 H in the mail today!  This is our last piece needed for our dossier, aside from our home study addendum which will be state certified and mailed directly to America World.  Praise the Lord and thank you for your prayers as our family coordinator said this was really fast. We also had someone in our church, Tony Aiken, (thanks Tony and Onsted’s French teacher!) who found a Rosetta stone in French we can borrow, so we can start to learn French!  

I am very behind in every aspect of updating.  I hope to recalculate our fundraising soon and report to you all. 

We had a successful trip getting fingerprinted.  I must share this simple praise.  Many of you know traveling in vehicles does not always go so great with my babies.(thankfully we fly to Haiti!)  They tend to want out of their car seat to nurse or whatever…so I had been dreading the fingerprint trip.  Normally Ella wakes up close to when I do, 6:45 ish…but that day she slept till 9.  This meant her first nap was when we left to go pick Luke up at UT at 11:45.  She slept the entire way to pick him up, and then the whole way to Detroit after that.  There was no waiting in line at USCIS and then she did great overall on the way home.  It was just a small way the Lord was showing me He will take care of all the details if I just trust Him.  For me the hardest part of our adoption is leaving our children for two weeks and how Ella will do as we will take her with us.  This too, I must trust Him for.  Being obedient to God is always what is best for our children. 

It has been a difficult road to be honest.  So much has had to be done in a short period of time.  In the adoption world putting together a dossier and doing all the “paper chasing” is called a paper pregnancy.  There are so many things that go into it.  One of these days I will compile an entire list…..a few examples:  recent, official, state notarized birth and marriage certificates, police clearance letters, doctor physicals and letters, employment and non-employment letters, the homestudy, a psychological evaluation, reference letters, a bank letter, bank statements, power of attorneys, just to mention a few.  And then most of these things have to be notarized and then state authenticated.  It is just crazy!  And everything we did from our Ethiopia dossier had to be redone for this Haiti one. 

Yet, it is all so amazing because the Lord has provided strength and help at every turn.  He has been so faithful.  He has guided and directed.  And tonight as I was re-reading David Platt’s book, Radical, I realized why.  Here is a quote from his book:

“We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names.  They are easier to ignore before you see their faces.  It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But, once you do, everything changes.”

We have yet to do the latter, but we do know their names, and we have seen their faces…and they are worth every minute of work and every dime we own, and all the dimes we don’t own.  They are worth it, just like each of our biological children are worth it. 

I was thinking today of how last year at this time I would tell Ally about kids who don’t have beds….and she would say, “let’s get them some beds.”  I would say, well, it’s not that simple.  While we do sponsor a compassion child, I did not really know a practical way to actually give a child in need….a bed.  Well, we will be giving four precious boys beds and hopefully impart to them the knowledge of their loving savior!

We had a rough week last week of the lovely stomach flu. I talked with the kids tonight how many children suffer from vomiting and diarrhea often because they don’t have clean drinking water.  Josh and Anna said how that would be so terrible.  I asked them if when they were sick, did they think about the next “thing” they wanted to buy?  They were like, no, we just wanted to feel better!  So, I said, be thankful tonight that you feel better.  So, as a family we are going to participate in the “Kenya Digit” race held on July 5, 2014 to raise money for a well in Kenya.  If you are interested here is the link: http://living-water-mission.org/KENYA_DIG_IT_RACE.html

I surely would recommend to you to read either or both of the following books:  Radical by David Platt, or the Hole in the Gospel by Richard Stearns.  Either one really puts the perspective of the American Dream in perspective with Jesus words.  Somehow we have missed Jesus words.  The red letter words in most of our Bibles….look at the story of the Rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31.

Please know how much we thank you for and covet your prayers on this journey.  And please know that I would love to pray for you re; anything, just shoot me an email!

Specific Prayer Requests:

  1.  We would  get to take the 2 week trip this summer
  2. The boys would be home by Christmas
  3. Grants would come through
  4. Salvation of 4 boys
  5. Provision in all the details

 

Many Blessings to Each of You,

May God be glorified,

Love, The Schaffner Family