Monday, May 24, 2010


May 19, 2010

Dear Family and Friends,

Did you know that:

It is estimated there are between 143 million and 210 million orphans worldwide (recent UNICEF report.)

The current population of the United States is just a little over 300 million… to give you an idea of the enormity of the numbers… (The current population of Russia is 141 million)

Every day 5,760 more children become orphans

2,102,400 more children become orphans every year in Africa alone

Every 15 seconds, another child in Africa becomes an AIDS orphan

There are an estimated 14 million AIDS orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa (a number higher than the total of every under-eighteen year old in Canada, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Ireland combined)

This figure is estimated to reach 18 million orphans in Africa alone by 2010 (only two and a half years away)

8 out of 10 children orphaned by AIDS lives in sub-saharan Africa

Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but…

Each year 14, 505, 000 children grow up as orphans and age out of the system by age sixteen

Each day 38,493 orphans age out

James 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Eph. 1:5 ...he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, ...

It has been brought to my attention that some of you don't know the story behind our expanding family. I wish I could say that it was "all me"...but it isn't. God has worked wonders and miracles in the heart of my sweet husband and that combined with the desires that God placed in my heart, many years ago, is what has led us to this moment.

We thought we were done, after we were blessed with our 3 children.........then God broke into Bart's life and we began the process of adopting through the foster care system. 3 years later and we have been blessed to adopt 2 children and guess what? We thought we were done :) ! God had other plans for us. Once again, my heart was full, when my husband said that he is ready again, but fear of money was hindering him from giving me the go ahead with this adoption.

I began the initial process of just getting some information and much to my surprise (and my mouth being shut), he chose Africa (as I was jumping up and down screaming *inside, of course*). Africa has been my dream, since I was a child. Still, money was a HUGE obstacle for us. I encouraged him and I prayed that God would give him peace and a gentle assurance that if this were God's will, that He would provide and we could rest in that. So, off we go and here we the middle of an exciting journey and humbling ourselves to our God, our church, friends and family.

The biggest challenge for us (me...I have a hard time asking for help...I know, you are all shocked) is not opening our hearts and home to another child, but it is in finding the finances to make this happen. We estimate our total cost for adoption fees, document preparation, home study, airfare, travel, attorney fees, etc. to be $25,000 - that’s certainly money we don’t have, but we know God is faithful and is leading us to trust Him. By God’s grace we’ve been able to pay the initial $5,000.

Honestly, it’s a little difficult (because of our *my* pride), to make our needs known to the Body of Christ around us, but we also know it’s very Biblical to do so. I was told that adoption isn't necessarily about giving a child a home, but Christ sanctifying us through this process. We (I'm) being sanctified. We appreciate your friendship very much and would like you to pray & consider helping us in our adoption.

There are two ways you can help:

1. Prayer

That God would tenderly care for Jude in Ethiopia until we are able to bring him home.

That God would prepare our children for the upcoming changes to our family

That God will give us wisdom, discernment, and insight as we raise Jude to know Jesus Christ.

2. Financial support

Will you please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us pay the remaining $20,000 in adoption expenses, to bring Jude home?

Lifesong ( ) has graciously set up a fundraising account for us to raise funds to help pay the “ransom”. If you would like to be a part of bringing Jude home, you can send your tax-deductible gift between now and July 14, 2010 to the address below. Lifesong is a trusted organization administering the funds on Jude's behalf, and will pay adoption expenses out of funds received.

  1. Please make checks payable to Lifesong For Orphans. You may preference how the the donation might be used by writing “preference Crum #1277 adoption” in the memo section of your check. *Note: 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.

  1. Mail checks to:

Lifesong For Orphans

ATTN: Crum #1277 Adoption

PO Box 40/202 N. Ford St.

Gridley, IL 61744

Thank you for investing in the Kingdom through prayer and finances – it will be an investment towards an eternal reward.

Resting in Him,

Bart, Brandi, Victoria, Alyssa, Grayce, Noah, Daniel and Jude Crum

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I'm not making any friends........

I just don't even need to go any further. I made out this post and the deleted it because it isn't honoring to God. I know that my son is in His Hands and He loves him far more than I do. Things are not progressing. My dossier hasn't been sent to the other agency because they are, again, saying that something is missing....when I have a file proving other is what it is. I have to continually remind myself of that. My son just isn't "ready" I guess. God has His perfect timing (that needs to be my mantra instead of wanting to hurt someone LOL).

Pray for papers to be found, for peace to reign and for my son to come home quickly.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Heavy Heart

Today, as I'm looking through blogs on families who have had their "gotcha" heart just aches. I'm so thankful to God for uniting these families and giving His precious children to their forever homes. I sit and think "when will I meet *my* son"? I love him, so very much and I don't even know him. In my mind, he is here, he is safe, he is loved beyond measure and he was chosen. He reality, he is still in his home country. I pray for his safety, his health and for him to be loved, but it just isn't the same as a momma's love.

I've completed my homestudy, I've sent off the final piece of paper for my dossier, I've sent the dossier fee to my agency, but we are still lacking SO much money and I wonder....where will it come from? will I have enough? will it be there, when it is needed? Lots of questions.............little answers. I know that God lights my path, but he does it step by step and not miles down the road. It is faith that will carry me through, but humanly, I still wonder "when and how".

Before, there was a level of frustration because I did and redid my I'm done. Now I wait and wonder. What fundraiser should I do? I can't get another loan? Will the grants come through? I found myself turning off the was almost too much for me to read. I feel bad because on one hand, I rejoice and thank God for these reunions and on the other hurts...............

I guess next reunion up is my sister's! How very exciting to watch another family become whole.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Woot Woot!


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Princess P

K is doing well...aside from her antics in her hot pink wheels. She took a bit of a tumble today, so pray for her mouth to heal up quickly. Pray also for C...she is beside herself with the antics that Princess took today. LOL

I'm so excited that I get to go and see them, this week! Woohoo! I get to love on Princess and feed C...totally in my element!

Prayers: for bladder and bowel control; continued improvement with her therapies; peace; and ultimate healing.


OUR HOMESTUDY CAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!