In my previous post I talked about how we decided that debt wasn’t an option for us in the adoption process. If you haven’t read that post yet, you should – it will help make since of this one. Once we decided not to borrow money for the adoptions, we were faced with the fact that we had to raise the $29,390! We started getting creative. Our first step was to determine how far we were willing to go to gather the money. Were we willing to sell things we loved, yes. Were we we willing to ask our friends and family to help us, yes. We’re we willing to work more, yes. Were we willing to scrimp more at home, yes. Basically the only thing we were not willing to do was to go into debt to finance our adoption. So, we came up with this three pronged fold approach
Here’s a little excerpt we published about our fundraising:
There is a great deal of expense involved in bringing these two treasures home. The total cost for the adoption of both children is $29.390! We have decided to do three things to collect the money we will need to complete the adoption.
#1 – SCRIMP
The Clifton family is pinching pennies and clipping coupons to free up as much money as possible to bring Betchina and Jean home. We’re not making payments on these babies – we’re are committed to completing the process without loans. So, if your visiting our home and you see something you like… it’s for sale!
#2 – WORK
Teddy Roosevelt said, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” We think this goal is worth working for. On the events page you will find several times set up for us to use our skills and passions to raise some cash but If you have a special project, we’ll do that too. Clint’s pretty good at yard work and stump grinding and Jennifer is a good photographer – feel free to email us at email@example.com if you have a job for us.
#3 – BEG
We’re not to proud to beg! We hope you’ll consider giving to our adoption fund. We have created easy and safe giving options accessible right here from the website. If you give we promise to keep you posted on our progress.
The first thing we did was create a website. We used Weebly for that because it is free and easy to use (even for someone with no website experience). We used the website to promote our fundraisers and did our best to keep those interested in our progress well informed. I’ll warn you, at first things didn’t go well. Our first fundraiser was a lot of work and very little profit. Three weeks after the website launched we still hadn’t received any donations. Honestly, I was ready to give up. The first fundraiser, a BBQ chicken dinner, was on a Saturday and when it was over Jennifer and I had a big discussion, she was telling me to be patient and hang in there and I was telling her the kids would be 18 before the money was raised at this pace…. The next morning we went to church, and came home for lunch after, during lunch I got a call from an unknown number on my cell phone. On the other end of the line was a pastor from CT who had seen a posting about our adoption on my friend Ben Arment’s blog and then later had seen a posting on Facebook by my friend and coworker @colbygarman. This pastor, Dan, said his church had a burden for orphan care and they wanted to give us $10,000 for our adoption, no strings attached.
I’ll never forget how I wept on my back porch at God’s provision in the face of my faithlessness. When word of Ridgefield Baptist Church’s generous gift to us got out others started giving as well. Then a few successful fundraisers under our belt the fundraising thermometer was raising quickly. We finished and submitted our dossier to Haiti and every time a payment was due, the money was there. The very last payment we were to make was the largest one for $10,000 came due in January of this year, We had about $5,000 but were tapped out. We had no idea where we would get the rest. Jennifer and I prayed and decided to tell the orphanage that we were on hold until we could get the money together. I sent an email to the orphanage at 9am explaining that we were out of money. At 10:30 that same day I received a call from Lifesong For Orphans that they had found a church willing to give us $5,000! All together more than 40 individuals and 5 churches gave to our adoption fund. We raised 17K from churches, 7K from individuals and 5K from fundraisers. It has been an amazing spiritual journey to watch God do what we honestly thought was impossible.
If your a christian considering adoption, I would advise you in this way. God care’s for orphans more than you do. Adoption is at his heart, you in fact are one of his adoption projects. If the cost of adoption is holding you back be wise but also be confident in the Lord’s ability to provide for you.