Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Tamir Rice and Raising A Black Son in 21st Century America


Jasper Speaks:
I am saddened by the choice not to let the tragedy of the Tamir Rice shooting be played out in court. I find great fear in my heart when I think about my little boy living in a world where this same situation could occur to him. Our society and its view on black men is horrendous. My heart ached as I read this article.

My boy is 9 and 1/2. That means he is only one year away from these statistics. He is gentle, kind and loving. He is also all boy. I pray that God will protect him from people who judge him by his outward appearance. I pray that his life never hangs in the balance of conditioned prejudice. I pray he is safe always.

My hear hurts that I have to even consider these things. Our country likes to think it has come a long way in race relations in the past century; days like this prove we are very wrong. There seems to be great injustice still going on in our country. I have a deep desire to see that end before my son grows up. Most days, that seems only like a dream.

Pray for the peace of our country. Pray that my son may grow up in a better world than this.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Sharing Our Story

Jasper Speaks:

We recently had the opportunity to share our story with fellow Missouri Baptists. It was an honor to be featured in their spread about adoption. You can link to the story by clicking HERE.

Also, we had an overwhelming response to our adoption announcement video. Over 1500 views on Facebook alone! As we gear up for the possibility of bringing home twin girls we are having a special online fundraiser. We are calling this the 12 Days of Christmas (#12for2). Over the next twelve days if each person who viewed our video could give just $12, we would raise money that would bring us very close to getting our children home. If you feel led to give you can click on the photo below and follow the link to donate. Thank you all for your prayers.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Our Adoption Update

Jasper Speaks:

In November we had two new fundraisers. Thank you all who helped. We are praying that as the holidays come, God will continue to provide the funds we need to secure our adoption. I am sorry I have not done a better job keeping the blog up to date on our progress but I will try to do better. Here is a video we shot about the latest exciting turn in our journey!



Thank you for your continued prayers. If you feel led to help, please go to this site:
https://mystory.lifesongfororphans.org/stories/rains2uganda/
Feel free to share the link with anyone you think could help!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Before He Knew Me

Jasper Speaks:


The other day my son Jackson and I were riding together to church. At nine Jackson is starting to ask questions about his adoption. We are very open with him and answer as many questions as we can. This night he was asking about what it was like in our lives before he came. That led me to talk to him about our hearts as we waited for him to be ours. I told him, “Son, I want you to know that I love You before you knew me. I only knew your name and I began praying for you. I prayed you would be safe and that if God saw it fit to give you to us, we would gladly offer you back to Him for any service He wanted for you.”

Jackson looked out the window for a minute, deep in thought. “I didn’t know you but you loved me?” He asked.

“Absolutely!” I said. “Every day that I prayed for you, God gave me a deeper love for you even though you hadn’t even met me yet.”

Quickly the conversation turned to the latest exploits of Iron Man and Captain America but my thoughts became lost in our conversation. I loved my son before he knew me. Before I held him, I loved him. Again, I was overwhelmed by the picture of God’s love for us that we see in adoption. Just like I loved Jackson before he knew me, Jesus loved me before I knew Him. 

One of my favorite passages of Scripture is Psalm 139:16  and I think is sums this concept up in a powerful way:

Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.

Jesus loved me so much he gave up His life for me before I knew Him. He knew my name. He knew that I would live a sinful life. He knew I would reject him time and time again. Still, he loved me.

As I look forward toward bringing another child into our family through adoption, I can tell you I love that child who does not know me. I am so grateful that I serve a God who loved me before I knew Him as well.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Quick Update

Jasper Speaks:


Our dossier has been approved. We are now waiting for our placement with our specific child. This could take anywhere from 2-12 months. From there it will be 2-12 months to travel. So we have been saying it will be 4-24 months a lot lately. It is crazy to think all that has been involved in bringing our child home.

We are still in need of raising about $10,000. This will cover mostly in country and travel fees. It is definitely overwhelming. We will be able to apply for more grants as soon as we have the placement. Please continue to pray.

Thank you!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Jasper Speaks:

Remembering:
What My Earthly Dad Taught Me About My Heavenly Father
As most of you know, my dad, Al Rains, went to be with the Lord in the early morning hours of July 2. There is a large hole left in my heart but being surrounded by family (both biological and church) has helped make this difficult time bearable. Most of all we do not mourn like those who have no hope. My father was the godliest man I ever knew. He dedicated his life to reaching the world for Christ. His theme song was the old hymn Send The Light. As we entered the worship Center on the day of his home going celebration that song was being played on the piano. If you are not familiar with it, here are the lyrics to the first verse:

“There’s a call comes ringing o’er the restless wave
Send the light, Send the light
There are souls to rescue; there are souls to save
Send the light, Send the light
Send the light, the blessed gospel light
Let it shine from shore to shore
Send the light, the blessed gospel light
Let it shine forevermore”


As I sit here today, that song is on a continuous track in my mind. It calls me to remember dad but to also reflect on what he taught me about my Heavenly Father through his example in life.

He Taught Me That My Heavenly Father’s Love is Without Condition
My Dad loved me. In all of my forty-five years I have never had a moment of doubt about that. He told me frequently. He showed me even more. My actions never controlled his reaction. He was my Dad and he loved me for who I am. He praised me when I did well, forgave me when I was hurtful and rebuked me when I was wrong. My Heavenly Father does the same. His word tells me that His love is everlasting and without condition. One of my favorite passages of Scripture is Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrated His own love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. My dad modeled that characteristic of my Heavenly Father in a way I can only hope to model my own son. His example helped me understand God’s grace a bit more clearly.

He Taught Me That My Heavenly Father Cares Me
Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” My dad lived that promise out daily. In his earthly life he never had many things. He raised a family of five children on less than meager means. He was certain of his call to ministry and made many financial sacrifices to ensure he was true to that calling. He trusted God in a way I have not seen anyone else do so. He trusted that the money to feed his family or pay the next bill would come from his Heavenly Father’s bounty. He lived through the deaths of parents, siblings and grandchildren without questioning God’s providential care. In him I saw amazing faith that has led me to trust in Jesus not only with my heart but my entire life.

He Taught Me That All Lives Matter To My Heavenly Father
My parent’s life was one of service to “the least of these”. My father spent 47 years as the pastor of a small, inner city congregation. He and my mother were literally the hands and feet of Jesus to people many ignore. In their ministry hundreds accepted Christ and many went on to serve the Lord vocationally. In my father’s passion for people I learned that my Heavenly Father loves everyone and wants them to come to know Him. That person on the side of the road with a cardboard sign --- God created them and loves them. That annoying person at work --- God created them and loves them. That person of another race, ethnicity, political viewpoint, sexual orientation, or class --- God created them and loves them. In my earthly Father I saw eyes of compassion for the lost. My dad taught me this simple truth: Life isn't about the things you have but rather about the people you reach. I grew to understand that my Heavenly Father cares for every person on this planet and if I care for them, they will be drawn to Him.

In the end, there is not enough room in this newsletter to tell you all the things my earthly Father taught me about my Heavenly Father. My prayer is that as I realize those many things, I will remember the godly man who God entrusted to teach me about himself. I pray that I am teaching my own son these things as well. In the end of a life well lived, it is the legacy of the lives touched that continue into eternity. My dad touched many lives. May we all be striving to do the same.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

God Moving and Confirming

Jasper Speaks

Great news! With the garage sale (which SO MANY of you helped us with) and individual donations we have reached our matching grant goal with Hand in Hand! Your support has been amazing. We have learned as well that we have received ANOTHER $2500 matching grant. This one is over June 30. We will have some fundraising ideas for this one soon. One great thing is that this one has an online giving option. 
Here are the details:
Give Online
1. Go to www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate
2. Select Give to an Adoptive Family
3. Complete online form and fill in Family Account Number & Family Name Fields (acct # 5153 and Rains)
*Please note that PayPal will charge an administrative fee (2.2% + $.30 USD per transaction).
Your donation will be decreased by the amount of this fee.
So feel free to share this post with others who might want to help. You all are incredible and we are humbled by the way God is showing His provision for us! To Him be all the glory!
If we ever felt that we might not be following God's lead on this, the month of April has been a very confirming month in our lives! Please continue to pray. Right now we really need paperwork from our dossier to come back so we can submit the paperwork needed to complete the matching phase.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Grants Update

Jasper Speaks:

God is moving in the financial arena for our adoption. We have received word of approval for two grants. One was a direct grant from an agency that prefers us not to share exact information about the grant but they provided funds directly to our agency for expenses. The other is one where we could use your help. It is a matching grant awarded through the wonderful Hand In Hand Christian Adoption fund. They will match up to $2500 we raise. We cannot give to ourselves so we need people who feel led to come alongside us and give. If you feel the God may want you to give, here is the support letter they designed for us with all the information on how you can help:

Dear Family and Friends,

As many of you may have already heard we feel that God has called us on a new journey to provide a “forever” family to a child through the process of adoption.  We have started down this path of adoption and will be excited to bring a child into our home within the next six to twelve months.  We have felt led to pursue a child from Uganda and are now waiting for the specific child God has for us.

This road to adoption is full of many joys and challenges, the greatest joy being the inclusion of a child into our family and the greatest challenge being finances.  The costs of adoption include the expense of a home study, adoption agency, lawyers, travel expenses, etc., with the total cost ending up somewhere around $35,000.

We were recently awarded a matching funds grant to help with the expenses of our adoption through Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc. a non-profit private operating foundation.  Hand in Hand will match any funds that are donated through our friends and family for the expenses of our adoption.

All funds received through our friends and family will be matched dollar for dollar by Hand in Hand up to our awarded grant amount. All donations are tax-deductible.  Please find enclosed a grant award letter that will explain more about the matching grant program from Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc. You can find out more about Hand in Hand through their website at www.handinhandadopt.org. If you have further questions about the Hand in Hand matching grant program please feel free to give us a call at 314-605-1312 or email us at kendrarains@icloud.  You may also contact Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc. with any questions you may have.  They can be reached at 913-248-5015 or by e-mail at handinhandadopt@gmail.com.

Please send all donations made payable to “Hand in Hand Christian Adoption” postmarked by May 15, 2015 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.  
Jasper and Kendra Rains
18318 Mimosa Court                                      
Gardner, KS  66030  

Thank you for your prayerful consideration in helping a child find a “forever” family.

Walking Hand in Hand,
The Rains Family
#Rains2Uganda

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Just Another Week

Jasper Speaks:

It has been a good week spiritually for me. My quiet times have been fruitful and convicting. Men's Group at church on Wednesday was one of the best we have had. Even my mundane meetings went surprisingly well. Tonight our son began spring flag football which he loves. Kendra has been busy with Junior Achievement and her Simply Said business. We have been busy.

But still our minds drift to a country where we have yet to go. We think of our child who we have yet to meet. I have worked on more paperwork for our adoption dossier this week. We have checked email and physical mail boxes waiting for the word from the grants to which we applied. They have remained silent.

It seems that the days are just passing by in an ordinary way. But I find myself daydreaming of a child I have not yet held. I think about this child whose name I do not know but I already love. I long to complete this process and bring that child here to live with us and be a part of our home.

When you are waiting, you think about a lot of things. What will the personality of your child be like? Will they be athletic? Will they enjoy the arts? Will they be outgoing or shy? Will they excel in school or find it to be a struggle? Will they bond to us quickly or will it take time?

I don't have the answer to these questions but I do trust in a God who does. As I have read through the prison epistles this week, I have been overwhelmed by the adoption imagery in them. As an adoptive father already, I understand the love you can have for a child that is not flesh of your flesh. My son could be no more my son if we had shared DNA. God loves me that way. Although I was rebellious and wanted nothing to do with him, he wanted me. Before I knew how powerful his love can be, he chose me. He took me, who was not his own, and adopted me into his Kingdom. His love overcame by orphan status.

I know that this same God loves our child in Uganda. I know that before time began, he chose that child to be a part of our family. I realize that no week is just another week. Every week is a week closer to offering that child the love I have seen expressed by my Heavenly Father to me. I long for the day that I will take that child into my arms and declare my love. I look forward with great anticipation to the day I can adopt that child into my family. Even if this was just another week  I know that in this week God is preparing my heart for this next chapter. As I get impatient I must remember that God has perfect timing and when the time is right --- for us and for this wonderful child --- the doors will open and just another week will bring our family together forever.

For now this is just another week of trusting in the plan. It is just another week of learning how much God loves us. It is just another week of praying with all my heart for the safety and well caring of our child. It is just another week closer to forever.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Church Planting In The Poorest Places

Jasper Speaks:

Over the past five years, God has taught me a lot about poverty. I grew up in the inner city of North St. Louis. My father was a pastor. In the late 1980's we lived on his salary of $75 a week and the generosity of others. Thankfully, God provided our home through an apartment above the church. I knew American poverty. I lived American poverty. We used food stamps because we had to. I usually don't like talking about those things because in this country the poor come with a prejudice that is often denied but nonetheless exists. I thought I knew poverty but God showed me something else.

In 2011, I took my first trip to Ghana. Working in the region of the capital city of Accra, known as Nima, I saw what poverty looks like in a third world country. I was overwhelmed. I saw what happens in a country that cannot support its poor. I saw families of five or more living in a room the size of my small church office. There were no beds. There were simple furnishings but not anything that you would see even in the most modest homes in the US. I saw a place where the cooking was done outside in community fire pits. I saw children in clothes that had been used several times over and hung from their bodies, stained by the dirt and overuse. I saw people without shoes or any hope of them. I began to understand the difference between global poverty and American poverty.

I found myself suddenly taking offense at the Facebook statuses of "friends" who would complain about sending aid to foreign countries when our own people had needs. I started to sense a call to be a global Christian. That call has resulted in four other trips to Ghana and plans to go for my sixth time this summer. That call brought us to the adoption journey in Uganda. All this happened because of one six day trip into the third world.

For a few months I have been following a ministry called Living Bread on Twitter. I have recently started learning what they are doing in the poorest parts of our world. They see that humanitarian aid is not enough to help the poor. They need the light of Christ to provide hope. Their ministry started in Brazil, in very low income areas. They plant churches to shine the light of Christ in these desolate locations. I think they are a worthy ministry.

You can find out how you can help by going to:
http://www.livingbread.org/

Here is a video to tell you a bit more about them:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Update

Jasper Speaks:

We are still in the holding pattern with the grants for which we applied. Things are moving as more and more of them are at least getting back with us about receiving our information. It will be nice if they come back with funds that can get us farther along. 

I have completed the I600A that is a form needed for immigration. We are trying to get all the necessary documents together for out dossier. Adoption = TONS of paperwork. I know it will all be worth it in the end. You just feel like you are drowning in the process.

How Can You Help?

Well, prayer is the most important thing. Pray for our child to be safe and experiencing love every day. Pray that the grants will help expedite this process. We need about $25,000 in total for the adoption. It seems like a lot but God owns everything and he has been faithful to the finances so far and we have no reason to lose trust in Him now. 

You can give. Gifts can either be sent to us directly or to our Pure Charity Page.

We are also taking donations for a garage sale we will have in late April or early May. Just leave a comment here or on my Facebook page if you are interested.

The outpouring of love for us during this process has been humbling. God is blessing us and it is through the prayers and support of our friends and families that we keep our eyes on the prize.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015



Prayer Helps

Jasper Speaks:

Anyone who has done an international adoption knows that the process is long and time consuming. I feel like it sometimes has overtaken our whole life. We long to meet our child and bring him or her home to us.
Finances are the major road block at the moment. We have applied for many grants and now are just playing the waiting game to see if those are coming through. Please pray with us that they will. It is amazing to know that God is so at work in all of this.

JSC is one of the largest grant organizations. We got this email today:

We have received everything to make your application complete. Before your application goes under review, we may request additional information about your funding needs, so please expect one additional email from JSC regarding your status. Your application will be reviewed the end of March with news of a decision by the end of April. Thanks for sharing your adoption story with us!
Diane
Director, JSC Foundation

Please join us in prayer that they will see our need and God will lay it on their hearts to help us! There are others out there as well. Please join us in prayer that God will provide our full funding very soon!
You can always contribute as you feel led by going to our Pure Charity page:
https://www.purecharity.com/rainsadoption?aff=pgc0o

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Success

Jasper Speaks:

So our Booster t-shirt fundraiser was a success! We smashed our goal and sold 106 shirts. It was amazing (and fun) to watch friends. family and people we don't even know help us reach our goal. We still have a LONG way to go financially but we are overwhelmed by the generosity of people so far.

Our next venture is an open house at our place on Monday night. Here is Kendra's heart about our new fund raising avenue:

As we continue to fundraiser for our adoption - I have been so thankful to others for sacrificing their commissions and sales for our Uganda adoption. It has been humbling & exciting! In the last couple of months, I have realized I really need to do everything I possibly can to expedite our fundraising process. So, I was looking for something to sell. One day on our Uganda adoption support group I saw a lady who sold Simply Said. I had NO clue what it was! So, I started researching it and found out there wasn't a consultant even in Missouri or Illinois. The closest one was in Iowa. I really feel like this was a God thing in my life because it was SO random! So - I introduce you to Simply Said!

http://www.mysimplysaiddesigns.com/KENDRARAINS/

You can shop online - or stop by Monday night to see some of the products!

Also, on February 27th at 7:00 PM we will host an It Works! Night. Here is the information on that:
February is "Love the Rains" month! 

It Works Global is a health and wellness company that offers all natural, organic skincare, health, weight loss and lifestyle products. Each product will be highlighted throughout the month through this party link. All commissions, income and bonuses from this month-long party will be donated to the Rains adoption fund!

We will wrap up the month with a Wrap and Sample party at the Rains home on February 27. Along with free product samples, individual Wraps and Facials will be available for purchase at the party for $25 each, $18.75 from each wrap sold will be donated to the Rains adoption fund. 

You can shop online any time prior to the party at kyndrawrapsstl.com.

Please send all your questions to Kyndra Brown. Contact me through messenger or text 314-258-6094! I would love to help you find the perfect product for you!


We are also awaiting many replies from grant organizations. We are praying that several of these will come through and help us get to the goal. There will be other fund raisers so stay tuned!

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Grant Writing

Jasper Speaks:

So we have been grant writing the last couple of weeks,. Not writing grants themselves but applying for all kinds of adoption grants. With each one it seems that the information is both the same and different. Just when you think you have it figured out another group wants the same information in a different format.

We are so grateful that people feel led to help others adopt. We pray over each application we send out. We know that we will not make all of them but we pray we get enough to push us through to an obtainable goal.

The waiting can be like a typical birth but harder. We find ourselves asking what will happen if we don't get enough money. What about all those people who gave to us? How do we repay them if something falls through?

We are trusting God to provide all we need. We know He has a plan and it will all come together. We are anxiously awaiting how He will work things out. As we wait, we send out more applications, praying they will fund us enough to keep going.

Also, it is the last TWO days of our t-shirt fundraiser. We need about 29 more shirts to meet goal. So if you are reading this and want to help, here is an easy way.

booster.com/Rains2Uganda 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Raising A Black Man In This World

Jasper Speaks:


Over Christmas break my family piled into our minivan and spent some time with our dear friends the Wrights in the Christian Las Vegas (yes, Branson, MO). The highlight of the trip was certainly being with friends in such a faith friendly environment at this time of the year. Branson is not in and of itself a booming bastion of excitement the week before Christmas. A lot of attractions are closed and people are waiting things out for the busy season to pick up again in the spring. We went to Silver Dollar City, drove through the lights at Shepherd of the Hills and went to Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede. It is at the latter where my observations for this post come.

Our son is all boy. He was excited to see all the horses as we walked up from the parking lot to the front doors. He was extra excited to get inside to the gift shop. He had $21 burning a hole in his pocket and couldn't wait to spend it.

We walked around the gift shop for quite awhile before the show. He looked at many things that are basically put out to take advantage of weary parents at the end of the show. There were cowboy hats, stuffed horses, and sheriff's badges aplenty. As I have mentioned he is all boy so he was continually drawn to the guns. Visions of the Old West danced through our minds as he chose the perfect gun and holster to fit our budget.

He proudly took his prize to the cashier and happily handed over his bounty of saved up money. It took just over 18 of his 21 dollars but his eyes grew large as the cashier handed the items back to him. He immediately asked me to take the gun and holster out of its packaging. I obliged cheerfully. He began pointing the silver gun around the room and shooting imaginary bad guys all around us.

Suddenly, I got a fearful buzz in my stomach. I took him by the hand and had him look me in the eye and I said, "Whatever you do, don't take that orange piece of the barrel off the gun!" I did not want anyone to mistake it for the real thing.

Another moment passed and I stopped him again. This time the warning was to never go outside of the house with the gun. It was a toy but I feared for his safety.

As he continued to play and we settled in for the show (and copious amounts of food that come with it) I could not help but be a bit distracted. Would I have needed to have this talk with my son if he was a white child?  Being a white man myself, the dangers of a toy gun had never before crossed my mind.

I was sad as I thought of the world in which we live. My son is inheriting a world where people who look like him are gunned down for some things as benign as having a toy in their hands. It was becoming clear to me that my adopted son (who is as much my son as if we shared DNA) would live a different life than I have lived. He will be followed around suspiciously in some stores. He will be pulled over in some neighborhoods. He will be refused some freedom to have fun. All of these things will occur because of something he cannot change --- His skin color.

My Daddy's heart broke a little as the reality of the world my son will inherit overtook me. A father should not have to quarantine a toy to the house out of fear of someone hurting my child. I should not have to teach my son to be extra careful around law enforcement officers. When I was a kid, Officer Friendly came to our grade school once a year. It hurts to have to teach my son that as a black man in America, officers may not be friendly toward him at all.

I support our police officers. I respect the way they put their lives in danger for us every day. I believe 100% that there are more good police officers than bad. I know many of these dedicated men and women and they are among the most honest and understanding people in my life. The reality is however, there is a different standard that my son will have to live up to that I don't.

Because of those differences, I have to be the responsible parent and make sure the gun stays in my home. It is a toy. I had a bunch just like it as a kid. I could freely spend hours in the backyard with the pistol in my hand taking down the dangerous people who, in my imagination, were a threat to my home. I never had to give a thought to the possibility of someone thinking that my toy was real much less that I was a danger to anyone else. I pray that my son can play as freely but the realist in me understands that he may never have that freedom.

The news is filled with the morose stories of young black men being gunned down. For some there is certainly debatable evidence that shows the officers were acting in a proper manner. In other instances, there was a shoot first mentality. Because I cannot be sure in which situation my son may find himself, sadly, I must err on the side of caution. The gun will not ever go out my front door.

That night, as I heard performers sing about peace on earth, I didn't have peace on the inside. Being an interracial family comes with challenges. I knew that when we signed up to the blessing of being our son's parents. Every day I am praying that the racial tensions in our world will die away before my son is an adult. I pray that we can finally come to a place where we are judged on the content of our character. I pray that I will live to see this happen but more so, I pray that my son will live in a world that sees him as a man first and a black man second. That is a world I am willing to fight to see.


Friday, January 16, 2015

The Wait Continues

Jasper Speaks:

One of the constants in adoption is waiting. You hurry up and wait for many things. At this moment we are waiting for our completed home study. We have an awesome social worker putting our home study. Children's Hope International has been great to work with. Because we are working with an adoption agency outside our home state, it was a blessing to have CHI to help us. Our study is complete down to the minor proof reading adjustments. We should get it back sometime next week.

This is important because we need the completed home study to begin apply for adoption grants. The other night we found this great resource from fundyouradoption.tv. It has a multitude of Excel spreadsheets that will help us not only organize things but help us easily find and apply for grants. One of the spreadsheets showed us that the total cost of our adoption may exceed $35,000. YIKES!

In the midst of the waiting we are still selling t-shirts. This will be over on February 4. I am sure people will be glad not to have our requests fill their feed anymore. We have over 30 sold but that is still far from our goal of 100.

God has been incredibly faithful and every time we have a certain amount of money due, we have it. We are praying that He will see fit for us to receive enough grants that our remaining fund raising will be minimal. You get to the point in the process that you feel like you are being a leech on your friends. So many have already given so much. We are very grateful but we understand that eventually people will be tapped out as resources. We don't want to become annoying to our friends and family.

So, we wait. We know the home study will be final soon. We know God has perfect timing. We know He is growing us in faith as we wait.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

T-Shirt

Jasper Speaks:


I said I would let you know about other ways to help and here is a fun one. We are selling t-shirts to raise adoption awareness. A portion of the sales (a good sized portion) will go to our adoption fund. Please consider buying one for each member of your family. My dream is to have our child meet everyone who already love him or her in one of these shirts someday. Please consider helping us in this way!

Here is a link to the page and a picture of the shirt:

#Rains2Uganda T-Shirt Fundraiser




Home Study

Jasper Speaks:

We are finished with our part of the home study. We are simply waiting for the caseworker to complete it. Things got very real last night when our agency called to inform us that there was a little boy they wanted to match with us. Unfortunately,we don't have enough funds available  just yet. We will need about $14000 for agency and in country fees for the next steps.

Work has begun on  our dossier. I cannot tell you how much paperwork it will take to see this thing to the end. It is worth it thought, knowing we will have a new addition to our family when all is said and done.

The home study must be complete before we can apply for any grants. This puts us in a waiting period where we are trusting God to do amazing things. Thanks for giving. We will be coming up with a couple of new ways for you to partner with us soon as well. As always, Pure Charity is your tax deductible way to give. All money here will go directly to our agency (European Adoption Consultants) which is a 501(C)3 non-profit.

Please continue to pray for our adoption path. God is in this and we feel like we will have a wonderful testimony of his grace when this part of our story is complete. When we come up with other opportunities for you to help. I will post them here.