March 20, 2016
Dear Family and Friends,
Some of you know the desire God has placed in our hearts to care for the orphan through adoption. We are so blessed to grow our family through the miracle of adoption. We expect to travel to China in May to hold our newest son, Kaison Joel!
What has prompted us to adopt? Primarily, we’ve felt so clearly directed by God to adopt that we want to joyfully obey Him. God desires for orphans of all nations to be loved, cared for, and adopted into Christian families—ultimately so they can become saved and adopted into His eternal family through Jesus Christ. There are over 147 million orphans worldwide and 120,000 children currently in the U.S. foster care system. It is estimated that less than 10 percent of these children are adopted into evangelical Christian families.
The biggest challenge is not opening our hearts and home to a child, but it is finding the finances to make this happen. The approximate cost for the adoption from China is $40,000. We don’t have that kind of money, but we know God is faithful and is leading us to trust Him. Honestly, it’s a little difficult (because of our pride) to make our needs known to the body of Christ, but realize it is biblical to do so. Your friendship is important to us, and we would love for you to pray and consider helping us in one or two ways with our adoption.
1. Please pray God would prepare Kaison as he leaves all he has ever known as “home” to join our family, and that God would give us wisdom, discernment, and insight as we raise him to know Jesus.
2. An Oklahoma ministry, Karis Adoption Fund, has partnered with Lifesong for Orphans and committed an Adoption Matching Grant of $5,000 to help toward our adoption expenses. Would you please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us meet this matching grant? Our goal date is May 1, but funds will be accepted towards our adoption until the date we travel.
Please make checks payable to “Lifesong for Orphans.” In the memo, note family account number “5903” and family name “Johnson” to assure it goes to the correct account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.
100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.
Another option is to give online. Go to www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate. Select “Give to an Adoptive Family.” Complete the online form and fill in “Family Account Number, 5903” and “Family Name, Johnson” Fields.
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 of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request. Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.
Thank you for investing in the Kingdom through prayer and finances—it will be an investment with an eternal return! Please pray this entire process will glorify God and fulfill His purposes.
Family Name: Johnson
Family Account Number: 5903
Clayton and Connie Johnson and the entire Johnson Krew