Thursday, June 26, 2014

Here's How You Can Help Amanda and Jonathan

You want to help?  Now's the time!

Remember my friends, Amanda and Jonathan Teixeira?  Remember how I told you that they are adopting and that I want your help to make their story go viral?  Great news, friends!  Amanda and Jonathan have officially launched their fundraising campaign, and they've made it easy for all of us to help.

(Photo credit: Alzbeta Volk
Aside from continued prayer, Amanda and Jonathan propose that there are 2 specific ways that you can be of the most help:

1.  Help Them Find a Birth Mother

(Photo credit: Alzbeta Volk
In this post, Amanda and Jonathan ask you to help them find a birth mother, explaining the difference between a "designated adoption" and a "domestic infant adoption."  Despite being tremendous stewards of their financial resources, adoption usually comes with a hefty price tag.  Helping Amanda and Jonathan to find a birth mother will help to significantly lower the price via a designated adoption.

Share their photos, inquire into adoption situations near you, and PRAY!

2.  Participate in Their Adorable Adoption Puzzle Fundraiser

(Photo credit: Alzbeta Volk
Here’s how it works:

  • We have designed a beautiful 1,000 piece puzzle
  • Each piece can be purchased for a $25 donation or more
  • You can buy one or many puzzle pieces
  • Your name and personalized message (optional) will be written on the pieces you purchase scaled to size
After the puzzle is completed, we will frame the puzzle between two pieces of glass and hang it in our child’s room. This will be a wonderful keepsake to see all the people who loved Baby Teixeira before he/she was even born!

I am so proud of Amanda and Jonathan for continually discerning God's will in all of this and for inviting the rest of the Body of Christ to participate in their journey.  When a loved one is going through something as momentous as this, it is such a blessing when they open their arms and invite us to come alongside them, helping to sustain them on their journey in whatever way we can.  

I love, love, love this explanation from Amanda in inviting us to participate:

If there is one theme that has been showing up in our prayer, it’s that God is writing a story here and we are simply along for the ride and need to hold on tight. This adoption is not just a means of growing our family. It can be a way to bring The Body of Christ together to answer God’s call to care for orphans. Who are we to prevent YOU from being able to answer this call in a concrete way by supporting our adoption efforts financially? For many, perhaps even yourself, this will be the only chance to care for an orphaned child in an up close and personal way and we invite you to come alongside us in this journey.

So, pray about it.  Do you know a birth mother?  Can you help Amanda and Jonathan to be put in touch with an adoption situation?  Is God putting it on your heart to share some of your treasure with the Teixeiras to help them bring a baby home?  Can you add a special prayer or day of fasting for the intention of their adoption?  Please consider how you can help these two dear friends of mine!  God will not be outdone in generosity with the ways He can use your sacrifices!   

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