Ways to Get Involved

Allow me to start off by saying that I am humbled that you are even reading this page.  Kim and I weren’t exactly sure how the details of this adoption would play out when we started.  To be honest we still aren’t.  We do know that God will provide what is needed when it is needed.  This is as true for money as it is for strength and wisdom.  All three of which are required in larger quantities then we possess.

Kim and I spent some time talking and praying about how we would finance this adoption.  Through prayer and seeking Godly council we have grown to understand exactly what James meant in James 1:27

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.

This call to service is not given to only a few, but to all.  Just like missions, there are different needs and different roles to be had, but everyone can and should be involved.  It is a community endeavor and can only be successful with community support.  From emotional encouragement, child care, financial support, and particularly prayer support we will have to depend on our Christian community to success in changing a little girls life.

To that end, we are only asking that you pray and decided if God is leading you to play out part of your role in the adoption of Grace.  Many of you have already contacted us offering everything from child care while we are on travel, monetary donations, to clothing for Grace when we return.  It has been truly humbling and is very appreciated.  So, for those of you wishing to give financially hopefully the below information will help.  There are a few different options.

Help Spread the Word:

Although this is not a direct financial gift, by sharing this blog with others and sharing our needs with others you are helping in several ways.  First, the short conversations we have on this blog with visitors are a great encouragement.  We are also praying that by sharing our journey others might find strength to start their own.  Secondly, you are providing opportunities for others to share in the ministry of adoption by prayer, encouragement, and financial support.  So, just let others know.  If you have a blog yourself, please consider using the code below to place the above donation badge on your site as well.  Please contact me if you would like a different size or color.

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Donate Through LifeSong:

Lifesong for Orphans

Kim and I have applied for and received a matching grant through lifesongfororphans.org.  The grant is for $3,000 assuming the full amount is matched.  Lifesong for Orphans is a 501(c) non profit organization that provides various services for orphans and families in the process of adopting them.  I would encourage you to stop by the Lifesong for Ophans website and look around.  They have an amazing ministry!  Lifesong provides the following:

  • All donations are tax deductible
  • All donations are matched up to our $3,000 grant
  • 100% of donations are provided to us for out adoption expense.  Lifesong is not funded through donations designated to an adopting family.

We appreciate your help in matching this grant and helping us bring Grace home with us.  Currently Lifesong for Orphans is our preferred method to receive donations.  If you are would like to support us and help us match the Lifesong grant then use the information below.

Checks Payable To: Lifesong for Orphans

Check Memo Line: Dean/#1345 adoption

Mail Checks To: Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40 / 202 N. Ford St
Gridley, IL  61744

Donate Through Reese’s Rainbow:

Reese’s Rainbow is the organization in which we found Grace to begin with.  They are a mission organization and not an adoption agency.  They are a registered 501(c)3 non profit organization and all gifts to them are tax deductible.  A few things to consider if donating through Reese’s Rainbow:

  • All Donations are tax deductible.
  • All donations are given in the name of the child, Grace.  Were we to be declined for this adoption by either the USA or Ukraine all gifts would be retained by Reese’s Rainbow as a grant for Grace’s adoption.  This is considered very unlikely at this point, but something to consider.
  • 100% of donations are dispersed to us upon the submission of our dossier.  Reese’s Rainbow does not take a fee out of the donations!
  • Reese’s Rainbow request (does not require) that you add 3% onto you donation if giving through PayPal to cover the transaction fees charged by PayPal.  Otherwise the fee is taken out of the donation amount.  This is a PayPal fee and not charged by Reese’s Rainbow.

If you wish to donate through Reese’s Rainbow you may use the PayPal donation button to the right or simply mail a check or money order.  If mailing a check you must include “Grace for the Dean Family” with the donation so Reese’s Rainbow can correctly allocate the gift to Grace.  Mail donations to the following address:

Reece’s Rainbow
PO Box 4024
Gaithersburg, MD 20885

Donate Directly to Us:

We understand that there may be some of you who wish to donate but would rather not worry about the middle man.  This may be especially true for smaller donation amounts.  If this is true for you we encourage you to donate directly to us.  We will have several thousands of dollars of expenses before our travel date is set and Reese’s Rainbow is able to disperse our donations.  To this end, every little bit helps.  So, if you would prefer to donate directly to us you are welcome to use the PayPal donate button above or mail your donation to the following address.

The Dean Family
1550 246th Ave
Lisbon, IA  52253-9033

For now these are the option that are currently in place or we are working to get in place.  You are also encouraged to take a look at the Fund Raisers we are holding as well.  God has been busy proving his sovereignty and it is humbling to watch Him work.  Once again and we are humbled and grateful you are considering joining us on this journey.

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