My wife and I met Rick and Kendra Neill last year at a mutual friend’s wedding and over the past year have gotten to know and love their passion for adoption and orphans. They are single-income family in the midst of adopting one or two children from Kyrgyzstan and trusting God for $40,000! And God has been providing!
Many folks who stumble on the blog here are in a similar position – trusting God for seemingly impossible things! May the Neill’s story encourage you and give you some practical ideas.
My husband and I have two biological children, ages 3 1/2 and 23 months, and are in the process of adopting one or two children from Kyrgyzstan. We have always had enough for what we need, but we have always operated on a tight budget. We are a single-income family, as we believe it is best for me to be at home with our young children. When the Lord laid adoption from Kyrgyzstan on our hearts, we knew we’d have to trust Him to provide in a way we had not experienced before. We are literally starting at zero in coming up with $40,000 for this adoption–no little nest egg piling up for years prior or anything.
We started off our adoption fund about a year ago in 2007 with a huge garage sale that brought in approximately $1,000 for us and $400 for another adoptive family. That is a tremendous outcome for a garage sale, and we were so thankful for what God provided through that. We had some leftover items from that sale, so I planned on doing one more sale the following year. Starting in January 2008, we spread word that if anyone had items they were clearing out or were going to take to the thrift store and wouldn’t mind donating them to our sale, then we would store them until then. My mom also made an announcement in the hospital newsletter where she works in a neighboring town. We had over forty people donate items, many of whom we have never even met (friends of friends, or people from my mom’s hospital). People were dropping stuff off–literally–by the truck load! As the time drew nearer for the sale, we thought and prayed for a few weeks about logistics of our sale and decided to not price anything and just have things for sale by donation. I had also read of this idea on a Yahoo group. We were excited to see how God wanted to provide through this year’s sale. Based on how much stuff we had this year compared to last year, I was hoping for at least $2,000 (and probably secretly hoping for $3,000!). I knew we had at least twice the amount of items. God provided above and beyond what we ever expected! Over $1,000 came in in the first 4 hours! Total sales over the three days was almost $5,000! Our hearts are full of gratitude to our gracious Heavenly Father, and to our supportive friends and family. We could not have done this without a lot of help starting at 5 am on Thursday, and for the rest of the 3 days of selling.
We are now at the half-way point in coming up with $40,000 and that is an exciting place to be! The $20,000 we have put toward our adoption so far is not even including what we have paid ourselves–that is just what the Lord has provided so far through donations and our sales! We were hoping that we wouldn’t have to borrow more than $20,000 for this adoption, and now we are hoping to not have to borrow more than $10,000!
To read more about the sale including tips, pictures, and stories of how God provided and encouraged us during the sale, visit Our Adoption Garage Sale Fundraiser.