Dear family and friends,
I would like to share with you some very exciting news regarding the adoption of Cassie Mei and a further reminder to my family how God truly does care for and love the "least of these" by caring for and providing for every conceivable need adoptive families have, who love Him, to get their children home safely from foreign lands. In the mail yesterday, we received a letter from God's Grace Adoption Ministry informing us that we have been approved for a $2,500.00 matching grant!!!!!
What this means essentially is that monetary donations made out and sent to God's Grace Adoption Ministry on behalf of the Hoium family adoption will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,500.00 by the same God's Grace Adoption Ministry.
Potentially, with your help, we will receive a check from God's Grace Ministry in the amount of $5,000.00 once we have returned from China carrying in our arms our precious, little Cassie Mei. Of course, in order for us to receive the full amount, $5,000.00, GGAM must receive $2,500.00 in donations on our behalf.
It does not appear that GGAM has given us any specific deadline in writing for this "fundraiser", although i would surmise it best they receive your monetary gifts by the time we leave for China to bring our littlest home for good. We are hoping and praying that we will travel in December. Please continue to pray for us in this most crucial and delicate matter.
As always, please give only if the Spirit moves you to give. We have been given so much support through prayer by so many people already who simply do not have one more dollar to spare outside of meeting their own family's basic needs. Believe me when I tell you, we feel your prayers and your support and your love, and we are so deeply moved by your empathy and compassion for our situation and for our precious baby girl. This precious child who has waited her whole life for a forever family and who really has no way of understanding just how much she is LOVED by so many individuals and families who have never even met her!
Quoting from a letter God's Grace Adoption Ministry wrote on my family's behalf:
"The number of orphaned children in our world is staggering and yet for most, an adoptive family is a far away dream they will never realize. GGAM believes that God himself has authored adoption as a very physical model of what He does for us spiritually when we place our faith in His Son, Jesus. We become His children and are no longer spiritually orphaned! We believe that the adoption of an orphaned child by a Christian family helps nurture them into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Many times the biggest obstacle between an orphaned child and an adoptive family is finances. An adoption can cost between 20 and 30 thousand dollars! While the Bible calls all believers in James 1:27 to 'visit the fatherless', not all families are called to adopt. Many support in other ways, including financially and in prayer. Randy and Cheryl have answered God's call to adopt and need our support.
GGAM has committed to match your financial donations towards the Hoium's adoption "dollar for dollar" up to $2,500. Donations are tax deductible (as allowed by law), and are paid to the adoptive family after placement of their child....
Will you please prayerfully consider partnering with us to help Randy and Cheryl finance this adoption? To be eligible for the matching grant, donations must be sent to God's Grace Adoption Ministry with a reference to this family's adoption.
For more information about God's Grace Adoption Ministry, please visit our web site at www.ggam.org or email is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blessings in Christ,
GGAM address is as follows:
P.O. Box 4
The phone number for GGAM is (209) 572-4539; Tax ID# 77-0488466.
Friends and family, thank you for taking part in this adoption in one way or another! As always, we appreciate all that you've done for our family, and we appreciate that you are willing to open your hearts and your minds to a little orphan child half a world away who longs for love with a deep yearning to belong. God has His hand on her, and He hears her cries. Thank you for hearing her cries as well as surely you must know she is the face of the countless faces of orphaned children everywhere who have no one to call their own.
Father in Heaven, All Praise, Honor and Glory be to You Through our Lord Jesus Christ! I who was once an orphan child myself but now fully restored am eternally grateful to You in every single way! How can i ever repay You for the countless blessings you have showered upon my family just in the past ten months?! You have changed who we are! You have changed how we see things! You have set our feet on solid ground! You have shown us through our deep love for a child whom we do not even know what really matters in life! Dear Father, please help Randy and me to continue to submit to Your Will and Your Way in faithful obedience to the path You have called us to and always, always, always give You the Full Glory. May we never take a shred of credit for the miraculous way You are working out every single financial detail in this adoption. Truly without You, not only would we not have the vision to see the need, but we would not have the fortitude or wherewithal to make the vision come to pass. In the Name of Jesus, i humbly beseech you this very day! Amen and Amen.