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:
- 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!
Ron and Michelle
Financial update for adoption:
Right now we have paid about $39,725.
The next big amount will be do when we receive our official referral for the boys and obviously accept it. This will be our international program fee and translation fee: $28,250 plus translation fee: $450
Our travel costs will be estimated at about $5,400 for our two week visit. Thus putting our total next expenses at $34,000. We will have $14,000 by the end of April and if we can raise new funds for our matching grant that would get us $10,000 more. We would then be short only $10,000. Our last fees we hope to be able to utilize the Abba Fund 0% loan for. Those costs will be somewhere between $8,000 and $10,000.
If anyone would like more information on helping us with our matching grant please send us an email asap as this opportunity will end and must be postmarked by May 1st. If you are interested, we will mail you a letter with the how to information.
Right now we have raised $1,600 toward the $5000 goal. Anything you give will be doubled until we reach $5000. This $5000 will then be matched by Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, giving us a grant total of $10,000! After that we will still receive the funds, it will just not be doubled. These donations will be tax deductible. We did not want to bug people who have already generously given, but were told we should at least make it known in case someone wanted to give again.
We continue to feel humbled by the Lord’s allowing us to do this. We know the road will be hard, but we know He will help us all the way.
Praying you may know Him and the glorious joy in that knowing. He is worth it all. Please pray for the salvation of our sons. Please pray for the Lord’s provision in this adoption.
The Schaffner family