Shepard Adoption


Shepard Family Adoption

“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”    James 1:27

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.  Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

 

When your eyes are opened to the problems of the world you can no longer sit on the sidelines.  When you feel compelled to action, you will take any measure to make an IMPACT.

Our family feels called to the cause of children in need.  Children are pure innocence and should be protected and raised in a loving and safe environment.  They should grow and understand their great value in life.  They should be loved and have all of their basic life needs met.  They should be in a stable and safe home.  They should grow to understand community and their place in this world.  They should be educated and grow into independent, responsible members of society.  They should learn to have a giving and grateful heart.  They should learn about their creator and savior.  They should enjoy freedom and should not fear oppression.  These are the basic needs for healthy development.

Unfortunately, millions of orphaned and abused children around the world will never have this experience.  It seems easy enough to think nothing will ever change this and any effort is useless.  But if you understand the Ripple Effect and the ability for small changes and small groups of people to create major changes and good deeds in this world, then you know that we are not helpless to this cause. 

In 2010 we adopted Amaya, a beautiful baby girl from Ethiopia, Africa in hopes of helping to meet this need and to change this world.  Little did we know that in fact the change that occurred was more related to the IMPACT she made on our lives’.  In fact, she changed us.  Because of this wonderful experience we have decided to return to Ethiopia in hopes of adopting another of the estimated 5 million orphans in this African nation. For more information on our adoption story and photos/videos of our family please visit our family website below.

We recently accepted the referral of a 6 month old baby boy from Ethiopia.  In approximately 3 months we will travel there for a court appointment and to meet our new son.  A few months after this we will travel back to bring him home for good!!  We hope he will be home with us some time this summer!! 

Unfortunately, the cost associated with international adoption is very high and can easily approach 25-30k.  We have already paid out a major portion of this cost and are left with the challenge of raising funds for the remaining fees and travel costs that are yet to be paid.   

We believe so strongly in adoption and also know that God will provide for us and help to ease this burden.  Now that you are up to date with our story, we would like to ask you to help us and to become a part of this love story.  And help us to provide a loving home to this baby boy!!  For more information on how you can help, please see our fundraising campaign, The Ripple Effect at the bottom of this page.  Even if you cannot help financially with a donation, we would feel blessed if you would just pray for our family and this precious baby boy through this process.  Thank you for taking the time to read our story.

With Love,

The Shepards

Scott, Sara, Kylie, Dylan, Amaya, and ........

Family Info and Pictures/Videos:  http://shepardadoption.shutterfly.com and http://youtu.be/WeoUMl77DIM

**Donation information can be found on the fundraiser link below**  

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Ripple Effect for Shepard Adoption

Fundraiser Goal: $10,000.00
Raised So Far: $8,500.00

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