I thought it would be good to give a little explanation about this new fundraising project. One of the biggest roadblocks to adoption is the cost. It’s hard to imagine coming up with tens of thousands of dollars. Lots of people have huge questions about the price tag. But if you’re using a reputable agency (which we are) you can see clearly where every dollar is going.
A reasonable question to ask at this point would be, “How did you plan to raise this much money?” Our plan has always been to pray and trust God. But I don’t think we were presuming upon God. I definitely had in mind the way I thought God was going to provide. When we adopted Gus in 2011 we were able to claim a dollar for dollar tax credit up to $13,000. Since so many people helped us adopt Gus our plan was always to put that money into another adoption. We actually filed our amended tax return for 2011 about the same time we started the process of adopting Archie. That was almost a year ago.
The moral of this story is: depend on God not on the US government. You may have heard that the IRS isn’t excited about paying money to conservative causes right now. Our amended return has been audited and as of the current government shutdown I don’t see us getting our return on this side of 2014.
It’s God’s money and He can direct it where He pleases. We see this as an opportunity to trust Him through prayer and faith. His ways are not our ways. He may choose to move the IRS to process our return. Or He may not. In the meantime, we need to raise about $15,000. It seems crazy but our God distinguishes Himself as a God who demonstrates His glory by providing in the midst of crazy circumstances.
So this t-shirt thing is a way to let our friends know the need. We need to sell 50 for the project to go forward. But we’d love to sell 2,000. Will you help us by praying and sharing the website? As Facebook continues to decline in use we’re looking for other ways to get the word out. As always, if you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation (and not receive a t-shirt) you can do so at our Adopttogether site. Or you can buy a t-shirt here: Archie Cleland Adoption Fund.