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.
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**