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LifeSong project….AWESOME!!!

Brush to Berries from Lifesong for Orphans on Vimeo.

“Simply giving this person money is treating the symptoms rather than the underlying disease and will enable him to continue with his lack of self-discipline… a better solution would be to develop a relationship that says, we are here to walk with you and to help you use your gifts and abilities to avoid being in this situation in the future‘” (An excerpt from the book, When Helping Hurts)
Lifesong is serving the people of Zambia… the orphaned, the at-risk, and the poor… by utilizing the land that is, like the people, so full of potential. Lifesong farms-Zambia reaped its first strawberry harvest in June, and local grocers have been purchasing the berries. With additional acres to farm, we are hoping to process some of the berries and begin marketing Lifesong Farms Strawberry Jam.
By harvesting fruit, we are able to serve more orphans by providing the gift of a job at Lifesong’s gardens and self worth to an orphan’s caregiver. We are also able to provide future employment for our kids as they transition into adult living, develop a system to raise funds to help cover operational costs, and develop expertise that can be replicated in multiple countries where Lifesong serves. Most of all, we are seeking to glorify Jesus as we teach others how He walked 
**GIVEAWAY:
1st PRIZE: Lifesong is giving away a 1-night hotel stay for the LIVE ORPHAN SUNDAY event in Kansas City!!! Let me just tell you, this event will be FABULOUS!!!

2nd PRIZE: Lifesong is giving away FREE Gobena Coffee for 1 year – 2 lbs per month shipped straight to your home.

 

HOW do you enter? Well, I’m glad you asked! There are several ways to enter. PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT ON THIS LIFESONG POSTING FOR EACH ENTRY, including your email address so Lifesong is able to contact you!!!

1. Share how the Lord is working in and through your adoption/orphan care ministry (1 entry)
2. Re-post this Zambia blog posting on YOUR blog to share what the Lord has been doing at Lifesong Zambia (1 entry)
3. Tell about an Orphan Sunday event you had or attended in the past (1 entry)
4. Tell your plans for THIS YEAR’s Orphan Sunday on Nov. 6th (1 entry)
5. Re-post this on your facebook wall (1 entry)
6. Re-post this on your twitter page (1 entry)
7. Post on YOUR blogs, facebook, or twitter and tell Lifesong that I sent you (1 entry)
8. Tell what you think about the ‘Brush to Berries’ video – what moved you, what stood out to you, what are you excited about? (1 entry)
9. Become a fan of Lifesong on facebook here (1 entry)
10. Send an email to info AT lifesongfororphans DOT org asking to receive our monthly updates (1 entry)
PLEASE leave a separate comment on Lifesong’s post for EACH entry, including your email address so they are able to contact you!
***Giveaway starts immediately and ends at midnight on Monday, October 3rd.

Dossier Docs Ready!

In this lovely FedEx folder holds some very precious documents……dossier documents to be exact!  Birth certificates, a marriage license, employment letters, financial status letter, home study, criminal checks, and health exams.  It does not sound like much to you, but to me it is months and months of hard work.  It is making sure everything has been spelled correctly, notarized correctly, and even stapled correctly.  It is doing somethings over because they were not perfect the first time.  It includes being very patient, being stuck several times because the doctor didn’t order the right blood tests the first time.  (For me, thank you very much)!!  It includes not only getting original birth certificates, but also a marriage license.  Then when you get them, you send them back to the home state for the Secretary of State to seal them.  With payment, of course.  For us, that included Arkansas and Missouri.  The other documents went to the Indiana Secretary of State for the seal, no payment required there!!  PTL!!  Then it required the documents from Arkansas going to the Chinese Consulate in Houston for authentification and the rest of the documents going to the Chicago Chinese Consulate.  They required $20 per document, plus a courier fee for each trip. 

Adoption is definitely not for the faint of heart!  Knowing the rewards of my hard work make all of this worth it!  I will celebrate each step along the way, I have too.  If I don’t, I would probably go crazy!! 

Thank you God for the wonderful family that I have and for another daughter halfway around the world!!

Blessings, Heidi

Chinese Consulate Sealed and ready!!

 

 

 

 

 

This is what our documents look like after they’ve been sealed by the Chicago Chinese Consulate!  Now all of our documents, except one, are ready to be sent to our agency, Lifeline, where they will be compiled into our dossier!  From there, they will be sent on to China!!  The one document we are waiting for is our I800a.  As soon as we get it back from immigration, we will get it sealed by the Indiana Secretary of State and then send it on to the China Consulate in Chicago!  We are closer!!  These document are so very precious to me, the product of many, many months of hard work.  🙂

Blessings, Heidi

 

 

I-797C, Notice of Action…..yippee!!

 

Jeremy brought me this lovely document today!  It shows our “received date” for our I800a!  Now we wait for our approval to adopt which on average takes about 60 days.  Then we are pretty much DTC (dossier to China)!!  We may know who our little Mollie is by Thanksgiving!  Wouldn’t that be one of the best blessings ever?! 

We love you and covet your prayers!! 

Blessings, Heidi

I Refuse…..

As I was reading another PAP’s (Prospective Adoptive Parent’s) blog, I ran across this song and video.  I’ve heard this song on The Message and KLove, but for some reason never applied to it adoption.  I don’t know why, just my tiny brain didn’t go there.  As I re-listened to the lyrics, I realized how much this is adoption. 

‘Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care
I don’t want to say another empty prayer
Oh, I refuse

To sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself
Oh, I could choose
Not to move but I refuse

I added the link at the bottom for you to check out the song and video.  It truly is soul stirring!!

            I Refuse

Immigration papers on their way!!

In this envelope is our I800a application!  This document is sent to the U.S. Center for Immigration Services and it will take approximately 60 days to process.  Yes,  you read that right, 60 days!!  We are now at the mercy of USCIS!!  We cannot go any further into this adoption until we have their approval!  So now we wait…we keep ourselves busy so we do not go crazy!!  We will be fundraising like crazy, applying for grants, begging friends, family, and enemies for money!!  JK, well, not really!!  This part is completely out of our hands and into the hands of our awesome God!  We are still praying for His favor and His timing!!

Chicago Consulate Bound!!

These are the remaining dossier documents that have been officially notarized and sealed by the Indiana Secretary of State!  A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into the gathering of these documents and I wish them well and speedy Chinese authentifications as they travel North!  It will take about a week and a half before I see these documents again!  I pray they are not rejected by the Chinese Consulate and that I do not have to redo any of them!!  Square 1 is not a fun place to be sometimes!!

Home Study Received!!

Friday, September 9, 2011 we officially received our home study!!  This is the document we have been waiting months for!  What a sense of accomplishment to finally have this in hand!  This is the report card of your life!!  (No pressure!)  😉

Oh, Happy Day!!

I just received an email from the best home study agency ever, St. Elizabeth Coleman, that our home study will be in the mail today!!  I’m seriously doing my happy dance, as well as, fighting back tears!  This day has been in the making for several months now, and I’m beside myself with happiness!!  Needless to say, I’ll be stalking my mail carrier for the next couple of days!  Good thing she is a dear friend of mine who I attend church with!  🙂