My Dream To Fund Your Adoptions

My Facebook is full of faces.

There are faces of children who have come home to their families. There are faces of children laughing and playing with their siblings. There are faces of children going off to school, faces of children celebrating birthdays and holidays with those who love them.

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There are many happy faces, and I am blessed by each one.

But there are far too many faces of children longing, children longing for food, longing for warmth, longing for safety, and to belong, longing for the one thing we all take for granted.

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There are far too many children longing for a family.

So many question God, and wonder why He has allowed all this pain, and I could write about that if I chose to. And perhaps I will someday.

But those words aren’t for today.

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Today I want us to see that we are the living breathing body of Christ. He lives in us. His power, His strength, His peace, His unity with the Father, He, in His entirety lives within each one of us.

Everything we need to rescue every one of these children is available to us. All of Heaven is available to us if we would but choose to believe.

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. ~Matt. 11:24

And yet the children wait.

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Families wait for funds. They wait for a sign. They wait for God to move first, but God’s word says the just shall live by faith. (Galatians 3:10-14, Habakkuk-2-4, Hebrews 10:38) We are called to go and trust God for the provision we need. God made that so clear to us as we trusted Him for the means to bring Eliza and Evangeline home.

for we walk by faith, not by sight ~2 Cortinthians 5:7

Even so, wondering how we would come up with the money for their adoptions was by far for us the most daunting aspect of adopting the girls.

They had significant special needs, they were teenagers, and had lived all of their lives as orphans, and none of that mattered to us. All we needed were the funds.

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And all these precious children need are families who are willing to go and bring them home.

Frequently, it is established parents who know they can meet the needs of these older children, who know they can parent kids with special needs and who have the experience necessary to parent these kids. And yet, it is those same families whose budgets are already spread thin meeting the needs of their already established families.

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And that’s what this post is all about.

I want to fund adoptions.

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I want to develop an income stream that will fund your adoptions.

That’s my dream.

I get the trusting God to provide part. I watched Him provide every penny we needed to bring our girls home.

And I also know we are called to work not only for ourselves and for our own. We’re not here to be idle, or to merely trust God for the means to support our own families and pay our own bills. We’re here to do His work. We’re here to care for the fatherless, for those less fortunate than ourselves, to work hard, and earn the money to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves.

As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent me. Night is coming when no one can work. John 9;4

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Matthew 9:37-38

Not only must we work, we must be aggressive about it.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24

I have had a desire to build a business that would be relatively easy for families in the adoption community to support, that would not cost families more each month than they are already spending at their local grocery store, and that would have the potential to grow into something substantial and renewable monthly in a short amount of time, and also have the ability to provide significant funds each month to adoptive families.

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So that’s my dream.

I’ve been praying about this for a couple of years as we have travelled our own journey of adopting the girls.

Mark and I have been involved in various network marketing opportunities over the years with varying degrees of success. In each opportunity though, we felt we were asking families to spend money each month that they were not already spending. We also frequently found ourselves in the position of trying to create in people a desire to begin a home based business that in reality, many just weren’t interested in.

We also had an online store, CribsAndBibsBoutique.com where we sold Pedipeds children’s shoes and several high end toys. Our business grew, and we ended up moving a lot of shoes. But it was difficult to stock the number of shoes we needed to really produce an income. We also found we were needing to order many of the shoes people were ordering from us, which provided a longer turn around time in a world that wants their orders to arrive in a couple days. We kept our prices low, and moved a lot of shoes, but didn’t make a profit.

Then, in March, the day before Evangeline was to have her spinal surgery, we were introduced to an opportunity, a sort of buying club, that really piqued our interest.

The products we were introduced to were products we were already using each month, AND they were green products, making them better for ourselves and for the environment.

There was a onetime fee to become a lifetime member of $25, but we ended up joining during a special for one dollar.

I immediately thought of my blog, and began thinking about setting up my blog as a non-profit organization, signing up my blog and growing the business through MyLifeInGodGarden.com, and giving 100% of the profits to adopting families each month.

It boils down to asking people to change where they shop each month for about $50 -$75 worth of items they are already spending.

Over the past several months, I have done nothing toward building the business because my life has been consumed with caring for our eleven children and Evangeline’s and Eliza’s significant special needs.

But during that time, we have found that we really love using the products. They are not over priced, are friendly to nature, gentle on septic systems, and all natural and safe for our bodies. So I feel completely comfortable offering them to the adoption community.

It will take me a while to set up a non-profit status on my blog or to partner with another ministry who already has non-profit status, so I would like to begin by building the business under my name, and giving you, 100% of the profits.

So what I would like to do to get started is begin by asking people in the adoption community who are either fundraising, or looking to support families who are, to listen to the opportunity here, and leave a comment on my blog if you are either interested in becoming a member to use the products or to begin a business, and if you would be like to be considered as one of the families to receive the profits raised.  You may be prompted to enter a username and password.  If so, enter the following:

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It is my desire and prayer that this would grow quickly and infuse the adoption community with significant funds needed to bring the children home.

A new family will be chosen each month to be the recipient of the monies raised that month, and 100% of the funds earned will be donated to that family’s adoption.

Just to give you an idea how quickly this can grow, I’d like to share that the chiropractor who introduced us to this opportunity had been working the business for eighteen months, and had already built up a residual income for his family of $27,000 a month.

I think we could do better than that.

What if we all just changed where we shopped each month for about $75 of the products we are already buying?

It is conceivable that we could fund a new adoption each month, or even more.

Will you join me in bringing the children home?

Blessings!

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19 comments

  1. Sherri says:

    What an awesome thing to do. God has bless you so much. I only wish you were around at the time of our adoption, but we managed, it was hard, but we brought our sweet Emma home almost 2 yrs ago after a 5.5 yr wait.

    What a blessing to those families who will come in contact with your blog.

    Happy New Year.

    • Diane says:

      Hi Sherri,

      Thank you so much for your comment on my blog and for your encouragement. I pray that God will grow this beyond even my highest dreams, and that He would bless many children and families through my humble and terrible imperfect efforts. 🙂

      God bless you!

  2. Angela Black says:

    We are interested in the products and would love to be considered for help with our adoption. Our end is nearing quickly though, we may travel by the end of March! Please pray with us as we are now sending out the last round of our grant applications.

  3. Sandra Rice says:

    I’d love to help by buying products! I have a 5 year old son adopted from China as well as 5 bio children. I’m praying for my husband to agree to one more…

  4. jim says:

    Hi Mark and Diane,

    Fabulous idea. We have actually used these products before. There are quality. We have never been involved with the marketing aspect yet but would consider it, especially since we have not ruled out adding another child to our nest.

    Grace to you as you venture into this. Let us know how it’s going as you launch. Maybe we can direct customers your way (or maybe eventually our way).

    jim and tammy schaubroeck
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  5. Beck says:

    This sounds great! We had a hard time funding our adoption, but always had faith that God would provide and He did just that! Our son has been home 4 months now! I’ve looked at the products and I am interested in trying the products and to possibly try to work for the business, if it isn’t too much to start. We could really use another income, one that would allow me to stay home with our children still. Feel free to email me information. Thanks!

  6. Kristie Bamberg says:

    We would love more info on buying products. Also, would like to be considered for adoption help. We just received I800a approval for our 9 year old daughter, Ava. She’ll be our second child with Muscular Dystrophy. I loved this blog post about stepping out in faith. My husband and I say that we didn’t take a step of faith, we jumped off a cliff and fully trust that God will catch us! God bless you in your efforts to help get these precious babies HOME.

  7. Angela says:

    We have two beautiful daughters from China and a bio teenage son and have considered our family complete until recently, when I have felt unmistakably led to bring home a boy with Down Syndrome. To say this would require a leap of faith would be an understatement, honestly it would be more like a bungi jump at this point. So I would be interested in learning more about the products as well as open to any and all fundraising ideas because it would truly take a series of miracles in order for us to bring home the son He has laid on my heart.

    • Diane says:

      Praying for you and knowing that God will make a way and finish what He has started in your Hearts

      I sent you an email.

      Blessings!

  8. Donna says:

    Diane! Great idea. I love these products, and started using them about 8 years ago. Totally changed the health of my youngest daughter, so I owe them a lot. I have tried getting them in China but it’s a different purchase structure and not able to do it…yet. I love that you want to help others adopt with the profits, wishing you great success.

    • Diane says:

      Thank you so much for commenting! I appreciate your encouragement and am thanking God for all that He is yet to do for the children and their families!

      Blessings!

  9. Amy says:

    I really like this idea. My husband has a all natural soap company. We dream of adoption, but being self employed right now, financially we just can’t do it. Would love to be considered and partake in this adventure with you!

  10. Lori Denton says:

    Hi Diane,
    We are currently in the process of adopting a 9 year old boy from China with special needs. We hope to travel between late spring and summer. It would be amazing to be considered for any kind of financial help. I would also like some info about selling the products. I have been praying for something that I could do where I could stay at home full time with the kids. Right now I work part time at a church and homeschool (my kids are allowed to come with me and we do school at the church). I work a few days a week. Thanks and God Bless Lori

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