There’s a fire in my belly

April 26th, 2016

Friends, I’m going to be completely transparent and tell you that I am praying earnestly that you hang with me here for a bit rather than waiting me out.  God has put a fire in my belly for Annie’s adoption, and as He gives me breath, I am going to stick with the Carpenters until their full goal is reached.  I know Brian and Stephanie in real life.  This couple is completely devoted to the Lord.  He has called them to orphan care and special needs adoption, and I’m planning to tell you more about their family and ministry in future blog posts, including before and after photos.  When God makes something clear to them, they go for it wholeheartedly.  A month ago, they had never heard of Annie and had no inkling of what was ahead.  After two weeks of praying and considering, they began the race to adopt her with confidence that God will see them through this thing He has called them to do.

Could you please read my clarification below, and then read the short and sweet update Sasha Carpenter wrote?

In my last post, I mentioned that the Carpenters needed X amount of funds each week between now and Annie’s fourteenth birthday on June 28th.  I think I did them a disservice by breaking it down that way.  In actuality, a majority of the funds are needed within the next month.  In order to keep the process moving as fast as possible, Stephanie has been working like crazy on all three parts of the adoption process at the same time, and everyone has to be paid.  China has said they will do all they can to expedite their part of the proceedings in light of the approaching cut-off date.  (You may be interested, like I was, to learn that the shortest China adoption process was something like seven weeks starting from zero, no home study!  Wow.)

So doors have already been opening before them and everyone involved is moving or ready to move as quickly as possible.  Only lack of funds is holding things up now.  I can’t stress this enough.  Stephanie wrote to me, “We also now need $10,000 for all the agency fees and China stuff for them to do the dossier, so I am working on it now myself because we are not near that amount.”  With a typical, slower-moving adoption process, a family first completes a home study, and then they can fill out more paperwork to apply to various grant organizations; if their application is accepted, they can then offer donors the option of tax-deductible giving.  But with an expedited adoption like Annie’s has to be, some significant fees are coming due before Brian and Stephanie have their home study back, even though their social worker will try to have it written in two weeks.  And once it’s back, it will have to be paid for as well, all this before Brian and Stephanie could even apply to an adoption grant organization.  I hope I’m explaining this clearly.

So I’m setting the first goal at $10,000.

As an added incentive to reach that $10,000, friends of the Carpenters (who are not themselves wealthy) are stepping out in faith and starting a matching grant fund with $300.  They are praying for some visionary givers to add some large gifts to that.  We’d love to see that matching grant grow to $5000.  That would mean that as soon as the YouCaring account reached $10,000, the matching grant of $5000 would be added to it for a total of $15,000.  Does this make sense?  If this is something you can do, please contact me at

All I can do is to put the need out there and plead with the Lord to move some hearts to give big and give quickly.  I have seen Him do it many times in other urgent situations, and am asking Him to do it again for Annie.

Please don’t forget–if you haven’t already done so and even if you have, please copy, paste, and share the following link every way you are able to:

Thank you so much for hearing me out, friends!  Maybe none of us have the capability to write one check and cover the entire cost of this adoption, but we can all share the need with others, give what we can, and pray for God to provide in full!



Hi Everyone, it’s Sasha again. Here at Bucknell the trees are blossoming and I have dug myself out of my pile of final papers and projects to write another Annie update! A BIG thank you to everyone who has shared and donated so far. We are at $3,680 dollars! To reach our current goal of $10,000 we need ONLY 6,320 dollars! I KNOW we can do it! Please share this post and go to Race to China 2016 to donate! Annie is relying on all of our support to get her home in time.

Update on Our Process: We have submitted our documents to China and are waiting for Pre-Approval. Typically, we would have had our PA already. However, since it is so close to the day Annie ages out, no one thought a family would ever want to adopt her. So, a file was never compiled. Without a file, it is like Annie does not exist! Once the file is completed (by May 1st) we will have our PA and will keep moving forward with the adoption. In the meantime, we are moving quickly ahead with our Home study, I-800A and Dossier all at the same time. This is why we need to raise money so quickly, because all of these different parts have to be paid for at once! Thank you to everyone who has been supporting and encouraging us in this process. Please keep sharing Annie’s story! Thank you!


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10 Responses to “There’s a fire in my belly”

  1. Addie says:

    is there a way to donate through paypal?

  2. Melanie McNitt says:

    I just donated! I love your blog and am so thankful there are people like you fighting for these little ones.

  3. Jo Moseley says:

    I would love to be able to make a donation, but I also would need to do so through paypal. I’m not comfortable with having to enter my cred*t card info on another site. Is this something that the family could do? I’m definitely praying, although I Believe that it is going to happen. I love this family and Annie has just moved on into my heart! There’s always room for loving another sweet child.

  4. Susanna says:

    Addie and Jo, here’s the email address to use when donating directly through PayPal.

    You want to choose the direct gift from person to person option to avoid losing any of your gift to PayPal fees. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!

  5. Esther Paris says:

    Thx for direct PayPal address.

  6. Jo Moseley says:

    Thank You, for the PP information! Hugs to all.

  7. Addie says:


  8. Jo Moseley says:

    Sorry to be a pest, but I was not able to give with that email address. help?? love, Jo

  9. Larry Paulus says:

    I have been asked by a friend if they can use my bank account in the USA (we both live overseas) to contribute to your need. If I use the credit card, you are being charged 2.9 per cent on the gift. The amount they would like to donate is $2000.00. Is receiving your address and having a check sent to you an acceptable way to give to you? Thank you for caring for needy children.
    God bless you.

  10. Susanna says:

    Larry, I am so sorry I didn’t respond sooner, as I was away from home for a few days and didn’t stop by here until now. YES, your friend can send a check to Brian and Stephanie! I’ll email you their address! Thank you for conveying this question to me, and please thank your friend for his/her gift. How marvelous!

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