61 Cents In The Bank Account? It's Time To Start The Adoption Process!!!

When Heather and I started the journey of adopting Losiah from South Korea we had .61 cents in our bank account.
Show Hope was a breath for us when we got their grant to help bring Losiah home.
Above is a video we helped them with a few months back.
If you are AT ALL interested in starting the journey of adoption, I beg you to check out all Show Hope has to offer.
How has adoption impacted your life?


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  • I have three cousins who are adopted, all of them out of foster care. I’m really glad to have them as a part of my family.

  • Adoption has impacted our lives in the most profound way. it has revealed God’s nature to us better than any sermon, message, video, blog or song ever has. It gave us our 3 children – one of whom went home early to his Heavenly father and is buried in Ethiopia – but not before he had an earthly mom and dad loving him.

    Out of that came our nonprofit, Brighton Their World. We send formula to a partner orphanage in Ethiopia (and several other spots) and, much like Show Hope, we are prayerfully considering offering our first adoption grants by the end of this year.

    Adoption. It changed everything for us.

  • It has given me my 2 beautiful daughters from China. I couldn’t imagine my life without them.

  • Kit

    Adoption was the process God chose to provide me my first grandson. He was adopted in the United States. E has been a complete blessing to us and tomorrow, we celebrate his 7th birthday. He is loving, kind and generous. My grandson once told his parents, he knew who he was going to marry. Then, he explained that he was going to marry a widow because God tells us to take care of the widows and that is one way to do it.
    I can not imagine life without him.

  • Scott Todd

    I thought I understood God’s love, but it wasn’t until my wife and I adopted that God’s love became real. Adoption has changed the way I view my salvation, the way I see the world, and even the way I read the Bible.
    My wife and I are now in the process of adopting again and it will definitely not be the last time!

  • My husband and I didn’t adopt. It was something we had talked about, in part because I was a wimp who didn’t want to endure pregnancy/labor/childbirth, and in part because I couldn’t understand bringing another child into the world when there were already so many who needed loving homes.

    We never were able to have children of our own, though.

    Funny, isn’t it, how God will use your heartbreak….

    I loved Lori Wick’s book, A Gathering of Memories, where a childless couple took in five orphaned children and raised them as their own. I thought that was so cool.

    Funny, isn’t it, how God will take the things you think are so cool, and use them to script your life, use them like he’s using your heartbreak, only you don’t know it yet….

    For all practical intents and purposes, my girls were “orphaned.” Their biological parents, my brother and his now-ex-wife, are incapable of caring for them. Their mother has no interest in them, beyond what they will do to elevate her standing to her friends. Their father can’t parent at all. We took them in almost four years ago, when their biological parents’ marriage fractured for good. It was supposed to be a three-month thing.

    Family day is four weeks away, when we celebrate the day we became our own family.

    I could not love them more…and every time I think that, I find that how much I loved them last week pales in comparison to how much I love them now. They are MY kids, and I’ll fight tooth and nail and to the death for them. I fought for them in court. I’ll do it again. They are mine, and nothing will change that.

    We are Mommy and Daddy, and this week I’m having to be both as my husband is away at a youth pastor’s summit. It’s testament to how much he’s loved by these girls that they are so distraught over missing him, even with Skyping at least once a day.

    This isn’t how I would have chosen to get a family. It’s not how I would have planned. The extended family dynamics now are extremely complicated.

    But I stand in total awe of the God who orchestrated this, who stood outside time, saw our childlessness and my brother’s foolishness, and combined them to give me three of the greatest blessings I barely imagined in my wildest dreams.

    The love you feel for a child that you did not bring into this world is something special indeed, and it grabs you by the heart and won’t let go.


  • Yay Show Hope!! We have just begun the process of adopting an orphan from Haiti…we’re in the middle of the paper chase, eagerly anticipating the day we bring her into our family.

  • Jan

    We have two biological children, one new grandbaby, and one on the way! We also have two little boys that were domestic adoptions. We adopted through and agency, though they were from the foster care system. Our oldest youngest is 9 and we have had him since birth. Our youngest is 8 and he was adopted last year. We are ‘older’ parents. When our friends are all doing the empty nest thing, we are still homeschooling, doing field trips, and taking our boys to their games. We still camp, but instead of sitting in the camper with a cup of coffee and a good book, we have two little men and three dogs! I go to bed exhausted every night, but I can’t imagine life any other way! Life isn’t what you plan, but God’s plans are always the best. Praising God for my little boys and trusting him for the energy to keep up with them!

  • Our daughter, Selah will be seven months old tomorrow. Three days after our home study was completed, we were chosen by her birth mother. Four days after that, we brought home our daughter. We had that total of seven days to raise the thousands of dollars it would take to complete her adoption. It has been a whirlwind.

    We applied for six different grants, and we were turned down every time. We were told it was because placement had already occurred, and we hadn’t demonstrated enough effort yet to personally fund the adoption. Not enough effort in seven days.

    In the end, we had to take out a personal loan, and it has not been easy on us, financially. The word “fundraiser” is a part of our daily vocabulary, and our efforts to pay for our adoption will continue for as long as it takes. But…

    Selah is worth it. Our daughter has brought me to Jesus again. And her joy… Her love… Her presence on this earth… is so much bigger than any amount of money.

  • My life was altered drastically because my mom gave up her parental rights and my Grandma stepped in to adopt my older brother and I. I have no doubts that she literally altered the course of my life when she took over.

  • We have had 3 foster kids, ages 5mo, 4yr and 10yr for the last 5 mo– taking our household size up to 9ppl! and most likely will adopt the 5 month old with 2 other foster kids going to their bio parents by end of summer. This process has softened my heart, stretched my love and reminded me of what a need there is for kids all over the world to find permanent homes.

  • Christine

    I’m a single mom to a daughter adopted from ET almost four years ago, and now I’m waiting for a referral to adopt another. I never thought I would be able to adopt again unless I got married, but God made it possible. While there are days when I feel overwhelmed by the responsibility, I know He has us covered…

    Adopting my daughter was the first time I truly let God be in complete control of my life…and it was the best thing that has ever happened to me and has changed my life in ways I could never have imagined. Adoption is a blessing that I wish more people would let themselves experience.

  • I love what they do, sadly they would not help us when we were adopting Abel in 2009. We were like you, no money, and we were trying to adopt a 6 year old who had lost his parents to AIDS when he was 2 so I don’t have any idea why they turned us down. Another friend of ours was adopting a 5year old boy with one leg from Ethiopia and they turned them down too. I would love to know how they decide who to help.

  • We were in process of adopting a 13 yo girl from SE Asia when it all fell apart. It went from “She’ll be home this weekend” to “We think we know where she is, and we just have to pray that she is safe.” It has been a long hard grieving process that may change in it’s nature but never really end. My heart longs to hold my daughter, but I will never see her face to face. I thank God that in his infinite wisdom he placed her in our hearts so that she would always have someone crying out on her behalf to the Father. She is our daughter, and that is something that will never go away.

    I am also thankful that we were approved for a grant with another org. We knew that we had the financial end covered because of the grant, and we were able to trust God that another family needed it more than us when our adoption fell through on the same day we received the approval for the grant.

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  • My husband and I have talked about adoption because it looks like it’ll cost just as much to get pregnant. I have some big questions. Will I love this child as much as one that came from my womb? I assume yes, but that little doubt itches. How do you handle your child looking so different from you? Does that create a disconnect? I feel embarrassed to ask such questions, so I hope you won’t judge me too harshly. I don’t want to ruin a child’s life over issues like these. Does that make sense? I’m lucky in that my husband is totally for it and so is all of our family. I believe adoption is beautiful and awesome, I just wonder if I can really do it.

  • Our adoption journey started seven years ago when my wife, Cathy, was diagnosed with cancer.

    She is a survivor. But our option changed from having a family of our own to adoption.

    We spent the last seven years on one waiting list or another, until we were connected with our son Justin through a hosting program. After seven years of waiting, we became a family in nine months. It took six weeks instead of the normal eight to bring our son home from Kiev. We couldn’t bring Justin’s cousin home at the same time, but we are going to do that this year.

    This is our “Happily Ever After”!

  • We were living a “great” DINK life when God hit us over the head…hosting a 12-year-old girl from Ukraine. Nine months later, we adopted her, met her best friend and started a 2.5 year process to go back for her.

    Adoption has stretched my heart to the brink, launching me into a world of orphan advocacy, missions, and writing about our journey.

  • My husband grew up a self-proclaimed street rat, one of the many abandoned GI kids in South Korea.

    Because an American orphanage discovered him and lured him into their walls with a bag of candy, he was adopted by a family in Minnesota.

    I met him 20 years later. (Give or take. Street rats have no papers, so we don’t know his real age.) We got married. And we were both healed – him, of the wounds of being an orphan, me, of the wounds of being a self-centered American.

    I am who I am today because of how adoption changed my world.

    (P.S. Orphan Summit is coming to Nashville next May. Are you in?)