Dear Family & Friends,
As many of you know, our family has felt called to adoption for several years. We have prayed about it daily for nearly 7 years and, over the past year, God has finally begun to open the doors wide to make this dream a reality for our family. We feel blessed and humbled and pretty scared but we are so honored that we are being trusted with (at least!) one of “the least of these”. The orphan crisis worldwide has reached epic proportions and we feel that we no longer have the luxury of closing our eyes to these fatherless children; instead, we are opening our hearts and our home to children from the African country of Uganda. We have yet to be matched with our child or children but we are praying hard about a sibling group at our baby’s home. The little boy is 3 and his sister is about 3 months old. Adopting two children means additional court costs, visa costs and plane tickets but it also means having someone else in the family that looks like you and understands how it feels to be African & adopted in America.
They estimate there are currently 147 million orphans worldwide and that if only 7% of Christians would care for just one orphan…there would be no more orphans – humbling statistics for sure but, one at a time, we can whittle away at that number. We realize that not everyone feels called to adopt, but we feel sure that everyone feels called to have a heart for the orphan.
The biggest challenge for our family lies not in opening our hearts and our home to more children; it lies in finding the finances to make this happen. Honestly, it is difficult for us to make our needs known but, in the end, we have to put the lives of these children before our pride. So we have written this letter to ask you to pray and consider helping us bring these children home. There are 2 ways you can help:
1. Prayer – Please pray for our children at the orphanage. As I write this letter there is an outbreak of Malaria and many of the children have compromised immune systems due to disease & malnutrition. Please pray a hedge of protection around all of the children who are still healthy and pray for the children who are sick and who have parents worrying over them halfway around the world.
2. Financial Support – Will you please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us pay the remaining $15,000 we need to complete our travel & court costs?
If you would like to be a part of helping us bring these children home, you can make a fully tax-deductible donation by sending a check to “Lifesong for Orphans”. Our fundraising goal date is May 30, 2011 so please try to send it in by that date. On the memo line please write “Preference Fitzpatrick/#1878 adoption” and send your donation to:
Lifesong for Orphans
Attn: Fitzpatrick #1878
PO Box 40 / 202 N. Ford St
Gridley, IL 61744
*Note: In following 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.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter and for your prayer and support, it means much more than you can possibly know. We will keep you updated with pictures as soon as we have them!
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress” – James 1:27
Mike, Libby, Grace, Hattie, Mabel & Essie