Sunday, November 23, 2008

Wow! What a Blessing! Thank You!

"For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God."
II Corinthians 9:12

Wow! We cannot thank you all enough. Stacey and I just found out that all of the money that we were lacking has come in through donations and the matching grant from Lifesong for Orphans! We prayed that God would provide and He has through all of you. Thank you sooooo much for your love and financial support. We hope to have good news about the adoptions soon!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Update on Adoption!

I get a lot of people asking where we are in the adopting now, so I thought I would add a post to update those who are interested. Our little plane is on stage 4 which means that our documents have been translated and approved in Ethiopia. We are now at the stage where we really could receive a referral (which is when they assign us the children) at any time. We are expecting to be getting a referral perhaps in April or May, which would mean we would have two children in July or August! It is all very exciting, but we are basically in that stage where we wait. Pray that even now God is preparing the hearts of these two children to learn of and love Him. (BTW this is a picture that CCI uses on their website to keep us up to date with the progress of our adoption, thanks Sue!)

Friday, October 3, 2008

Would you partner with us?

Partnering with the Hares and Lifesong!

The time is coming, and is almost here, for us to receive the referral of two precious children from Ethiopia. The biggest challenge that we face is the finances involved in international adoption. Between document preparation, attorney fees, and travel costs we estimate we will spend around $32,000 (yikes!). Thankfully our wonderful employer will reimburse up to $8,000 per child (yay!) and we have saved about $10,000 (praise the Lord!). This leaves us with a $6,000 deficit. We have just two days ago received news that an organization called Lifesong for Orphans is willing to match any funds that we receive up to $2,500! If I have done my math right that means that we will be very close to our goal.

Would you be willing to help us adopt two orphans?

If yes, here is how you can help:

1) Send a check to:
Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40 / 202 N. Ford St
Gridley, IL 61744

2) Be sure to place 'Hare Adoption' in the memo of the check and make the check to 'Lifesong for Orphans.' (Note: In following the IRS guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor's suggested use).

3) Please mail the contribution by November 20th. They have set a deadline for us for November 26th to have all of the funds raised.

4) Pray for us. Even if you cannot donate, we need prayer. Adoption is a long hard process and will involve traveling to another country. Only the Lord can sustain us in this endeavor.

Thanks for considering partnering with us in this!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Why We Are Adopting

Because God cares for orphans, and one of the ways in which he exercises this care is through his church.

Psalm 68:5 says that God is “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows.” Christians, who are being transformed into the image of Christ live out His heart when they care for orphans. “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction” (James 1:27). As God cares for the fatherless, so we as his children care for them too. Our concern for the orphans is a tangible manifestation of God’s love that has been poured out into our hearts.

Because we have been adopted by God.

Jesus left heaven, lived a very humiliating life, ultimately dying for sinners so he could bring people into the family of God and call them his children. Christians, from every tribe, tongue and nation, have been pursued by God and adopted into his family. In the same way we want to pursue those from another nation, not our own, and bring them into our family. We desire our family to be a little picture of this great Gospel.

So that these children will have the opportunity to hear of Christ.

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Believing in Christ is the only way to receive salvation and how will these children hear of Christ unless someone preaches to them? We, put very simply, want to adopt children, so that we can preach to them about salvation in Christ.

Because we have been given so much.

We want to give because we have been given the wealth of America, loving Christian families and most importantly spiritual truth. It is only by grace that we were born into such material and spiritual wealth, and we want to extend that grace to children who were born into poverty and little if any access to the truths of Scripture.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Naming the Children! We Need Help!

Well, as we are drawing nearer to adopting the children we are realizing that we are going to need to come down on some names for them. Since we are adopting one boy and one girl (Lord willing) we are going to need a boy name and a girl name. Here are some of our ideas:

Girl: Evie, Jordan

Boy: Tyler, Ethan

SO, if you are willing to help us out, vote for your favorite (or suggest another good one). I think it would be weird to have Ethan and Evie (too similar) so keep that in mind.

PS The girl in the photo's name is Zenha and she was adopted through Celebrate Children as well, so that name is taken.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Some Updates

Stacey and I just made it through the dossier process. So all of our documents are now being translated in Ethiopia. This means that the next step for us is to get a referral assuming that everything goes through there. Please pray that all of our documents are approved by the Ethiopian government!

We are adopting through Celebrate Children International (check out their website!).

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Adopting Hares

I decided that I might as well start a blog about our adoption process, because I figure at some point people are going to be asking me how it is going and I am going to have some information. Stacey and I were planning on adopting two children from Vietnam, but it looks as though the political climate is not going to allow for that. Thus, we are planning now on adopting from Ethiopia. We are waiting until this summer to really start the process, but we are hoping to have two new Hares by Summer 2009. Keep us in your prayers.

I really promote adoption. Here are some helpful links on funding an adoption:

Several of these foundations have been a blessing to us, and I hope that they are to you as well!