Monday, February 13, 2012
It's a Girl!
When Amanda and I announced that we were going to adopt, it was a decision that we had talked and prayed about for a long time. We have absolutely no doubt in our minds that God is calling us to adopt and after much prayer, we have discovered that we believe that we know the place and gender that God is calling us to, which is Africa and a girl! We have narrowed down where in Africa to either the Congo or Uganda, leaning toward the Congo for various reasons. Of course all of this is still up in the air (because the laws and situations in countries change so often), but this is where we are at thus far.
The early stages of an adoption is dependent upon a few different variables, one of which includes the living situation. Amanda and I are currently renting an apartment in our new home in Odessa and our hope is that when we go get our baby, that we can bring her home to, well, a home! This is something that is going to take us some time to work though, but we will keep you updated through this blog.
Amanda and I are working on some fundraiser opportunities to help us raise money for this process. Our research shows that the overall cost for this adoption is going to be over $25,000. While this is high, we have no doubt that God will provide.
Regarding our fundraising opportunities, first, I am writing a book that is due out later this year. I have decided that all the proceeds for that book will go toward this adoption. The book is called "The Church Member" and will be published by Wipf and Stock Publishers. Second, since Amanda has a beautiful singing voice, she is going to be recording a CD later this year and all of the proceeds for that will also go toward this adoption.
So, this is where we are at! We have some other loose ends that we are trying to tie up as we move along in this process but we are trusting God along the way. Remember, prayer is the best way that you can support us. Please ask that the Lord is faithful in providing for all of the needs throughout this process.
Posted by Jared C. Wellman at 1:17 PM