Monday, September 10, 2012

A slightly uncomfortable subject...but necessary

As any who know us well are aware, we never talk about our family's financial situation or make our needs known to others. We have been content to prove God over the years through the avenue of prayer - and we continue to do this. In out last post we mentioned getting a matching grant and some have asked us to clarify (on our blog) what this is. In this unique situation we feel that we should make known that Lifesong ( has graciously given a Matching Grant of $2,000 towards the fees, travel expenses and other costs associated with bringing Jack home.

 We do this for two primary reasons:

1) God honoring - by making known the fact that we have qualified for the Matching Grant, it is an opportunity to honor God by allowing others to be a personal part of James 1:27 (Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction).
2)Good Stewardship -  every dollar friends and family donate will be matched up to $2000, plus those donating in the U.S. can themselves receive a tax receipt for their donation and not have to pay income tax on the amount donated.

It also allows us to highlight the amazing compassion of Lifesong, first towards the needs of the orphan and secondly towards the burden that adoptive parents face.  Some have we will answer that question here as well - the average cost of adoption from China can be anywhere between $27,000 and $30,000.  These are all fees related to agency application, fees for services provided by the agency, fulfilling requirements by the American and Chinese goverments, travel costs and  "in China" expenses and fees.  This amount does not include Dr and hospital fees or post placement fees.  Again this might be too much information for most, but we have been asked by others with a genuine interest so this seems like the right time to answer the "amount" question as well.

If this post is offensive to you, please know that it was not written for any other purpose than to answer the questions of those who, while they may not feel the call to adopt personally, have felt the burden to walk alongside those who have and in that way have fulfilled the Lord's command.

If you would like to help you can send your tax-deductible gift between now and October 10th to the address below, or through Paypal (details below). Lifesong is a trusted organization administering the funds on Jack’s behalf, and will pay adoption expenses out of funds received.

1. Please make checks payable to: Lifesong. You may preference how the donation might be used by writing Moffitt/Acct# 2871 Adoptionin the memo section of your check.

(*Note: In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong which retains full discretion and control over its use.)

2. Mail checks to:

Lifesong for Orphans
Attn: Moffitt/acct# 2871
PO Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744

3. Donate online through Paypal.

You may also choose to donate online through Paypal at Click on the Give button on the right and then go to Make a Donation then go down to the Paypal section. Just be aware that Paypal charge an administration fee of 1.9 to 2.9% plus 30 cents per transaction which will be deducted from your gift.

With love and gratitude

S & J