Over 3 and a half years ago, God chose Haiti for us, and although we remained confident in His plan, nothing could have prepared us for the hills and valleys we would encounter along the journey. We have never forgotten our sweet baby in Haiti and neither has our Father, friends. Instead, we have carried the weight of the wait trusting that our God is ultimately sovereign over our little family. It has now been a little over six months since we met our sweet Silas - our sweet sunshine sent to us from our Father to simply sustain us on this journey now full of lots of giggles, hugs and kisses.
“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a Mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17
We are beyond excited and humbled to share with you that we have been OFFICIALLY MATCHED with a sweet baby boy in Haiti!!! The Haiti adoption process requires two trips with the first being the socialization trip where we will spend two weeks in Haiti getting to know our son. After nine to twelve months, we will then return in order to bring him home. Haiti does allow for us to visit up to two times in between the two required trips if finances allow.
$75,000... the amount needed in order to complete both adoptions from Haiti and Colombia. It is only because of our God and His people, that we have been able to get this far. Our hearts are heavy and burdened by the remaining $20,000 needed in order to travel and ultimately, bring Silas's baby brother home. BUT... we know that God will finish what he has started. The remaining amount needed covers travel expenses and final process/childcare fees that go to the orphanage where our child is being cared for. Our socialization trip is scheduled for JULY; however, we need at least $10,000 over the next 4-5 weeks to be able to travel, friends.
The thought of asking anyone for anything at this point is extremely difficult for us. BUT... we know that our God is the owner of it all, and the money needed is just paper to Him. We are continuing to research and apply for grants, knowing that our GOD IS ABLE. Because grants are not always a guarantee, we are also giving you the opportunity to TAG THE BAG. For every donation of $10 or MORE, we will write your name inside this suitcase that Silas will be taking on his trips to Haiti. You can make your donation by going to https://www.paypal.com/us/home (send to firstname.lastname@example.org), https://www.gofundme.com/cooperadoptionfund or https://www.purecharity.com/cooper-babies-adoption-fund in order for your gift to be tax deductible.
So many of you have chosen to join us on this journey and because of that, we continue to be truly grateful and humbled by the love and support shown for our little family. Your continued prayers are most appreciated as we desire nothing more than for God to be glorified through this journey. Please be in prayer for the following:
- Silas's and baby boy's spiritual, physical, and emotional health
- For those in Haiti caring for our son- God's provision