God doesn’t always call the prepared . . . but he always prepares the called!

Lee2Chad and Amanda are the proud parents of 4 children.  A 5 year old son, two 2 year old twin daughters (whom they adopted through Covenant Kids), and a fourth they are expecting in October.  After finalizing their adoption in April of 2013 they felt led to bless Covenant Kids by donating their daughters’ birthday using the fundraising website Razoo (www.razoo.com/Covenant-Kids).  Through the support and generosity of the Lee’s, their friends, and their families they were able to raise more than $500 to invest in Covenant Kids programs.

We were so encouraged by the Lee’s actions that we just had to tell their story.  Below is the transcript from our conversation with the Lee’s.

Covenant Kids:

Share as much of your story as you are willing to share; how did you come to partner with Covenant Kids?

Chad & Amanda:

We decided years ago that we felt called to adopt, but thought it would be internationally and would be after we were done having our own biological children. We have a 5 year old biological son and after dealing with 4 years of infertility, God laid it on our hearts that NOW was the time to adopt. Just because we had a certain plan for our family in mind, did not mean it was God’s plan. We learned to surrender to Him and pray for how our family was to grow.

Through a variety of factors we landed back on domestic adoption.  While we never intended to foster children in order to adopt, God opened the door to Covenant Kids through several referrals from friends. Through lessons in faith and obedience, we ventured into the process of fostering to adopt.  Four months after receiving our approval to foster children we received the call/email about 16 month old twin girls that were considered low-legal risk with rights on the way to being terminated the next month.  At first we thought we must be crazy to even consider twins, but we trusted that God was not going to give us more than HE could handle; therefore, we said “Yes”.  We met the girls on a Saturday in September 2012 and brought them home the next day to stay forever.

We consummated their adoption on April 17, 2013 and just celebrated their 2nd birthday. The girls will be big sisters in October when our next biological child will be born! We never imagined God would grow our family of 3 to a family of 6 within a year!

Covenant Kids:

Tell us why you chose to help raise funds for Covenant Kids programs? 

Chad & Amanda:

When we first brought our girls home we were blessed by so many people bringing clothes, diapers, food, toys, etc. that we had so much.  We truly did not need anything more. When it came time for the girls’ birthday, we planned a huge party to celebrate their life and being a part of our family forever. We knew people would want to buy gifts, but we felt in our hearts that our friends and families gifts would be better utilized in helping other families grow through adoption. So many have connected with our story and have asked what they can do to help. This is where we tell them about Covenant Kids and how they can donate money to help others expand their family.

Covenant Kids:

You chose to use Razoo as a platform for fundraising, describe your experience in setting that fundraiser page up.  Was it challenging, easy, etc . . .

Chad & Amanda:

Setting up the Razoo account was simple, and we just followed the instructions that Covenant Kids provided in one of the information packets we received.  We simply scanned the barcode from the packet, and it took us right to the Razoo website where we setup the account.  After the account was setup, Razoo sent us an email with the link that we can share for others to access the donation site.  Everyone who donated said it was very easy.

Covenant Kids:

Share the reaction your friends and family had when you asked them to honor your request to donate to Covenant Kids instead of purchasing gifts? 

Chad & Amanda:

Our friends and family members were very excited to be able to assist others. They thought it was a great idea and easier than shopping for a gift. They also knew how much our adoption of our girls meant to us and wanted to honor our girls too.

Covenant Kids:

Were your friends and family supportive of your decision to donate to Covenant Kids programs?

Chad & Amanda:

Yes, instead of asking for gifts for our girls’ birthday, we asked that if they wanted to get something that they simply make a donation in the girls name to Covenant Kids to help other families.  Some still brought gifts as well, enough though we asked them not to.

Covenant Kids:

Have you experienced blessings as a result of your decision to donate to Covenant Kids programs?  If yes, please share that experience.

Chad & Amanda:

We feel blessed that through our relationship with Covenant Kids we went from a family of 3 to a family of 5 (soon to be 6), but wanted to do something to help others expand their family or to care for those children from hard places.  We wanted to do something that would honor our girls and give back to the organization that has helped give us so much.

Covenant Kids:

Would you recommend that others consider donating to Covenant Kids programs by donating their birthdays, anniversaries, or other significant family events?

Chad & Amanda:

Yes, it has been such a great opportunity for us to honor our girls and celebrate where they came from to where they are today and to help bless others. Not everyone is called to adopt, but we are called to help the widows and the orphans. I think people were very receptive to donating because they felt a part of something bigger than themselves.

Covenant Kids:

What is your message to others (whether they be Covenant Kids Families, staff, community members, complete strangers, etc . . .) who may be considering following your lead but have not yet taken action?

Chad & Amanda:

God doesn’t always call the prepared, but He always prepares the called!  Growing our family through fostering was certainly not in our plan, but it was in God’s plan and it was our responsibility to say “Yes”.  We understand that not everyone is called to foster / adopt, this was just part of our calling.  God has and is using our story in magnificent ways and it’s exciting to see how He writes the next chapters. 

There are certainly other ways to help out like volunteering your time, providing respite, etc. setting a Razoo site to help raise awareness for Covenant Kids and funds in our girls honor was the best way for our family. 

Covenant Kids:

What haven’t I asked you that you feel led to share?

Chad & Amanda:

There are so many children in the world who are in need of love and acceptance. We didn’t know at first how we could help those children of need. But through prayer and faith, God opened our hearts and minds to see how our little family could respond. Most importantly, we are teaching our girls the love and acceptance of our Heavenly Father. We are emphasizing that no matter what, they are and will always be a Child of God, and we are so blessed to be called their earthly mother and father.  Like we said before, not everyone is called to adopt, but we are called to care for these children. There are many different ways to help fulfill the needs of these children. I encourage everyone to pray through how, when, and where God will use you. You just might be surprised!

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“Not everyone is called to adopt, but we are all called to care for these children.”

Whether you have the money to make a financial contribution yourself or you not, everyone can take a moment to create a fundraiser page to help us help kids.  Invest in the lives of our waiting children by starting a fundraiser now.  Here is the link to the Covenant Kids Razoo page:   www.razoo.com/Covenant-Kids.  Once you’ve set up the fundraiser page you can share that link with all of your friends and family via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc . . .  If you need assistance in setting up you page, don’t hesitate to contact us at contact@adopttexaskids.org.