Last winter Danielle, a student from Jamaica spend some time at AFLH to work on a documentary about the Bread of Life Bakery as part of her graduation assignment for her Masters in Television and Film Production. She decided to start a fund raising for AFLH. Go to https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/agape-a-family-for-children-with-brittle-bones#/story to read her story, see part of her work and donate! The fund raising will end on July 2, 2015. Please have a look and consider a donation. Thank you Danielle!
Last winter we said our goodbyes to two of our teenagers, both are adopted by American families. Joseph left Agape just before Christmas to be with his new family in the US, and Candy left right before Chinese New Year. She lives with her new family in China.
We have updated the "our kids" section, please have a look to see new pictures and meet the new kids in Agape.
ANNOUNCING the new Agape Family Adoption Fund (AFAF)
We are excited to announce that wehave created an AGAPE FAMILY ADOPTION FUND for each of the adoptable children living at Agape Family Life House. The purpose of these funds will be to assist those families who qualify to adopt AFLH children with the cost of adoption. You may or may not be aware that cost to adopt a Chinese orphan can be well upwards of $ 20K. For many families who would be inclined to adopt, this amount may discourage them from pursuing the opportunity. Although there are many resources available from which families may obtain financial assistance in the form of grants and loans, the current economic situation and number of adoptions have stretched the existing sources beyond their abilities to provide enough funding for all who apply. To help our AFLH children have a better chance of being adopted, we have decided to create an Agape Family Adoption Fund (AFAF) for each adoptable child as an extra resource for those families who will pursue adoption of our children. By helping our children be adopted, we are taking one more step toward helping them be placed into a loving environment with a FOREVER FAMILY of their own. Of course, when an AFLH child is adopted and goes to live with their new family, it opens space at AFLH for additional orphans to come to live in a loving environment where they can receive medical help, education, spiritual enrichment, hope and love in preparation to face their future as they grow up.
We have updated our website to be able to receive donations to the AFAF for each adoptable child as of today. We have indicated which children have an AFAF fund into which you may donate. These funds are NOT intended to replace the regular monthly support or any other donations you may wish to give toward the regular operation of Agape Family Life House, but, rather, to be another way to help AFLH provide for the future of our kids. We pray that many of you will see this as an opportunity to make a difference in the future of these precious children and the families which would provide a loving environment in which they can grow up. Donations may be sent to Agape Family Church, P.O. Box 215, Wood Dale, IL 60191 and marked for the specific child’s AFAH. For those who wish to donate online, our website, www.agapeflh.org, have included a provision to donate to the AFAF for each specific child for whom we have an AFAF set up.
On behalf of Agape Family Life House Staff and Children, THANK YOU for your past support and thank you in advance for becoming a part of the AFAF program to facilitate the adoptions of our kids.
Clay and Jewel Floch been working towards adopting since the end of August 2011. Of course there is a very long story in their journey but we will just give you a few highlights.
They truly thought they would be parents again by May 2012 because they got their paperwork completed quickly and it was in China the end of March. Then they found out, their daughter's paperwork wasn't completed. The Chinese authorities weren't sure that Clay and Jewel truly understood the severity of the child's special needs and that she will likely be in a wheelchair all her life.
They assured the authorities that they have known the child for almost 4 years, and were fully aware of her condition. After more steps along the way, Clay and Jewel found out, finally, on August 28th that they would be parents again! Elizabeth is 10 years old and has congenital spinal abnormalities and club feet. She is beautiful, smart and is a leader.
Explaining a bit of their story, will help you to understand the significance of that news. You see, they lost their sons in an accident over 11 years ago, and their lives were changed forever, never to be the same again. The date our boys, Jewel's dad and our nephew died in the accident was August 28th. Our heavenly Father was on the redemption path yet again - redeeming a day that would forever be remembered as the worst day in their lives - changing that day to a day when they became parents again.
On Thanksgiving Day they got to tell Elizabeth they would be her parents sometime in the next 30 days. Just 17 days later they got to "pick her up" at her orphanage. Doing the traveling thing and getting a daughter before Christmas was the best Christmas present they could get after the gift of His Son!! Another coincidence,or "G*d cidence," is that they signed the final papers on the day of their oldest sons 32nd birthday.
We rejoice with Clay and Jewel. They have been very blessed indeed!
As we approach Christmas, may we suggest that you consider giving a special gift of Love to one or more of our AFLH children who yet needs support monthly. Listed hereafter are the names and needs of Children who are not fully supported. You may see their bios on our website at www.agapeflh.org . Thank You for considering them in your giving this year...
Cindy $ 200 / mo
Hanna $ 200 / mo
Addison $ 160 /mo
Candy $ 200 / mo
Geno $ 175 / mo
Joanna $ 150 / mo
Stephen $ 175 / mo
Even if you can not make a commitment to support on a monthly basis, a one time gift would be greatly appreciated. Donations may be made online at the website via PayPal or mailed to Agape Family Church, P.O. Box 215, Wood Dale, IL 60191 and marked AFLH indicating the Child's name.
Blessings to you at this special time.