We have been blessed to receive so much support since we began to share our decision to adopt. In fact, many of you have asked “what can we do to help?” With that in mind, there are two specific things that we would ask of you:
- Prayer support. This will be a long journey and one that will have many twists and turns along the way. However, we know that God has called us to adopt as these are the plans that He has for our family. Therefore, we ask that you pray for us regularly. Specifically, that God will guide us throughout this process and that He will open doors along the way to make the adoption happen as quickly as possible.
- Consider supporting us financially. Adoptions are expensive. The adoption of one child from Eastern Europe can cost about $38,000. The adoption of two children will cost about $50,000. We are asking as many people as possible to consider becoming a financial supporter and stand with us during this adoption journey. Your contribution, no matter the amount, will go a long way in helping us bring our children home from the Ukraine. Of course, we wouldn’t ever ask anyone to contribute without funding as much of this journey on our own as we possibly can. However, the cost is great and we would appreciate your support if you are able to help. That’s why we’ve partnered with Lifesong, a ministry dedicated to helping families with the adoption process. You can make a contribution to Lifesong, receive a tax deduction AND have your contribution applied to our adoption journey*. You can donate online here. Just be prepared to include our Lifesong ID (Parks #1314 adoption) as part of your donation. Our fundraising target date (to have funds in place) is July 21, 2010! Of course, you can still make a contribution after that date as the target date is just a point in time where Lifesong would like to know where we stand with fundraising.
Of course, we are always glad to receive support through your love and friendship. We treasure each of you and thank you for supporting the Parks Family on our adoption journey!
*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.