Friday, August 16, 2013


One of the things that often deters people from adopting is the cost. Despite the cost, we have trusted that the Lord would provide a way if we took the step in faith, and He has blessed us abundantly.

There has been $20,135.00 raised so far towards our adoption. Alleluia! Thank you to each and every one of you who has contributed; we are so grateful to you for your support. Unfortunately, we are still in need of $21,769 to completely fund our adoption. (If you would like to see the breakdown of how much it will cost to adopt a sibling set of seven, click here. If you would like to read about how we came to the decision to adopt seven children from the Philippines, please click here.)

Well, the Lord is continuing to move the mountains, and we are so excited to announce that we have been given a matching grant through Lifesong for Orphans funded by We Care for Orphans! "Lifesong for Orphans is a non-profit Christian ministry dedicated to help meet the needs of orphan children around the world, and to obey God’s call to 'visit the fatherless…in their affliction' (James 1:27)." While "We Care for Orphans was started to help families with the resources needed to make their adoption a reality." Through the help of these two amazing organizations, they are able to offer us: a matching grant for $4,000!

Can you believe it?! That means if we can raise $4,000, Lifesong will also contribute $4,000 which would be $8,000 closer to bringing home our children! WOW!

We are honored that Lifesong has selected our family to help in this tremendous way, and we are so grateful to We Care for Orphans for their generosity and heart for orphans!

Lifesong has given us a goal date of October 18th to have our funds raised, but funds will be accepted until the children are home.

If you are interested in contributing towards the $4,000 we are raising to be matched here are the details on how you can give:

Checks should be payable to "Lifesong for Orphans. In the memo, note please include our account number: Bestul/#3802 to assure it goes to the correct account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744. Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all U.S. administrative and fund-raising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

To pay online go to Select "Give to an Adoptive Family." Complete the online form and fill in "Family Account Number" (Bestul/#3802) and "Family Name" (Bestul) fields. Note PayPal charges an administrive fee (2.9% + $.30 USD per transaction). Your donation will be decreased by the amount of this fee.

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. "Individual donations $250 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations  will gladly be sent upon request. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.

We would also ask for your prayers for our adoption process: that the board would look favorably on our package, that our children's hearts would be prepared for the transition (both the children in our home and the ones in the Philippines), and for provisions for the completion of the rest of the adoption expenses. Thank you for your prayers. May the Lord bless you for your generosity, your prayers, and your support.

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