Dear friends and family,
Many of you have prayed with us, waited with us and sometimes cried with us in our journey of adoption. We are so thrilled to tell you that our journey has hit a turning point. Through more small details than my mind can even comprehend our gracious Father is granting us the privilege of being the parents of one more SON. We are so, so excited.
Our son is waiting in China for parents to come find him and show him what it means to have a home, what it means to know love and what it means to know Who is Love. He is the most adorable little boy. Oh my stars, he is so cute! He is four years old and he has thalassemia.
Thalassemia is a very serious blood disorder. You can read up on it here, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/thalassemia/DS00905. In China right now there is a massive blood shortage and without his monthly transfusions he will not survive. Our hearts our heavy with the responsibility of bringing him home and getting him the medical attention he so desperately needs.
Many of you know that international adoption is a very expensive road. Perhaps in truth that is why we did not go down this road first. The total will be a little over $30,000. To be honest our faith is so, so small and that seems like an insurmountable amount of money. But I trust in my heavenly Father who knows our needs. He does not want this little boy to die alone in an orphanage. He wants him in a home surrounded by love and learning of His Love. Right now we need to save/raise close to $6,000 to get our home study rewritten for an international adoption and for agency fees and applications costs as well as a fee for the Chinese government to lock him in for our family. After that point in the process we will be eligible to apply for grants to help with some of the remaining payments. We know so many of you have asked how you can help in the past. If you would like to give no amount is too small. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for our address or there is also a donation spot on our blog. I will be selling things in an etsy store, Faith has started her own venture which you can find over at www.superflykids.blogspot.com. Any ideas are very welcome. We have so many creative friends and I am sure there are ideas I have not thought of, so feel free to send ideas our way.
We covet your prayers for our family during this time. One thing we know, God hears and answers our prayers. Right now we need the strength of our Great God. We love and appreciate every single one of you,
Blessing in Christ,
Katie and Craig Hurst