Isaiah 43:5

Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. Isaiah 43:5

Thursday, February 28, 2013

February Update

   February 1st through February 7th, our sweet oldest daughter, Linsey ran an "on-line auction" to help raise money for Lucy's adoption.  God really blessed her precious investment of time and energy!  Many generous friends and family donated and bid on the 100 various auction items and $4000 was raised to help bring our sweet girl home!!  We've been asked what the cost is to bring a Chinese orphan home to the United States.  While giving exact figures is almost impossible (namely because of variation in airfare costs) the approximate total it will cost for "Lucy's ransom" is $30,700.  Like all orphans she has no voice in the matter. This is the cost of bringing a Chinese orphan into a family here in the United States.  And let me tell you she is already worth it!!  How can we put a price tag on a life?  All life is created in HIS image.
God is already providing through His people and we are blessed to watch it unfold.  Very shortly our next fundraiser will be announced.  We're working on a  fun way to help raise more of Lucy's "ransom".  More info. coming SOON!
   Concerning the on going "paperwork trail".....on February 11th, we sent our “I-800A” application to the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services)
The thick mailer was sent via Fed. Ex. and had a folder that included our application to bring a child into the United States, a notoriety copy of our home study, two checks, one for processing the application and a second one for Kurt (because he is over 18 yrs. and lives at home), Merle and I to get the required biometric fingerprinting.  
    On February 15th, we received a text and e-mail that the mailer had arrived and we were given a number to refer to for any future correspondence.
     February 27th,  USCIS mailed the paperwork we'll need to have biometric fingerprinting  completed.  In an effort to "keep the process moving" as quickly as possible, we're going to take the paperwork we receive for fingerprinting and travel to York the first week in March and pray that they will take us as a "walk in" and allow the three of us to be fingerprinted.  

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