Nearly Over the First Hurdle
Amazing! Things have been moving since my last post, 11 days ago. At that point we had $6,180 to gather before we could jump the next hurdle and keep moving in the process. Since that day we have had $3,344 come into our Adoption Fund at Small World. We have paid for our application to adopt and sent the $890 fee to the U.S government. We only have $1,435 left to pay off our Agency fee ($5,400) and we still need the $1,400 for the Dossier.
So, all that means in order for us to have our two feet planted on the other side of this hurdle we need $2,835. That sure sounds better than $6,180.
Many of you may be asking, just what is a dossier? The dossier is a set of documents that goes to the Lesotho Central Authority. A Lesotho dossier is made up of 11 documents, pictures, and copies. Each document is certified and authenticated before being sent to the Lesotho Central Authority except for photos. Basically, this is the official document that introduces Cam and myself to the Lesotho government. Quite an important document, I would think :-)
It is amazing that we have already raised $10,099 - isn't that amazing? Thank you to all of you have contributed to our fund. It sure has got us this far.
We received a document from our agency during the week that outlined all the expenses and the total at the bottom was $48,290. Yup! $48,290. For some people this is their yearly wage! Adoption is expensive. With the $10,099 that has already been received we only have $38,191 to go.
This past week I have also been completing a number of grant applications. I have put three in the post and another three sit on my desk ready to be completed. This is such a tedious task but such an important part of the process that I have vowed to sing to myself while I complete the applications. We cannot complete the adoption without the kindness and generosity of others. I will give thanks.
If you would like to make a contribution to our adoption fund, copy and paste into your browser: http://smallworldadoption.com/faq-2/payment-2/
In the Description line, write: 'For the children to be adopted by the Clausing family'.
Thank you for sharing this journey with us. Please continue to pray for us and if you able, please consider supporting us. We are much further down the road than we anticipated and for that we give thanks!