Desert Road full of Hope -Adoption

Desert Road full of Hope -Adoption

From Andrea Halliburton

I would like to joyfully announce that God has placed on my heart to adopt a little 6-year-old girl from Juarez, Mexico, and give her permanency through a loving home.

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Update #5

16 days ago

Exciting update!!

On Monday, June 10th, I was finally able to have my home inspection for the home study!

I absolutely loved my social worker, and greatly enjoyed her stories from all her years of work!

Even with this inspection accomplished (which feels amazing!), the paper chase continues as I wait for the home study to be finalized and accepted by USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) and I prepare all the documents for the Dossier.

The next invoices, for the Dossier fees and the post adoption follow up fees, have arrived with the amount coming in at $16,550.

I was recently convicted to use affirming language, such as “when this adoption is finalized, Once the paperwork is approved, after I am matched etc”. Fully believing and trusting that God can accomplish this while also walking forward with palms open believing “even if not” that He is good!! So that being said….

Once the home study is approved, I can start applying for Grants. Through my adoption agency, I am working with a financial advisor who feels confident I will be able to be approved for grants; however, that is not a guarantee and I have no idea how much the grants will cover. In the time between now and then, I need to pay for at least the attorney and translation fees. Those fees come to $4,500. Thankfully because of all of your wonderful support, I still have $1,600 in my savings account. Which means in the next month or so, I need to raise a minimum of $2,900.

Thank you all for your support through this journey! Please continue to pray that God will provide the funds needed. If He is leading you to financially help in this next step, you can contribute through the link below. I am beyond grateful for how God is guiding this process and know that it is in His hands. I also wanted to update you all that I have been able to start doing a little bit of bookkeeping work on the side that is helping pay for the rent at the Townhouse. If you know of anyone who needs a remote bookkeeper, please send them my way!

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Ever since I was young, the stories of missionaries like Amy Carmichael and Gladys Aylward with their work in orphan care have been stories that have tugged at my heart. I have felt that God has put the desire to adopt in my heart from a very young age and there is no ignoring it. I have been serving at Rivers of Mercy Children's Home(RoM) in Juarez, Mexico as a full-time missionary since January 2016. Before coming down here, the bible verse I clung to was Isaiah 6:8 "I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us, then said I, Here am I; send me." 

As I start this adoption journey, I still stand before God saying "Here I am Lord, and I know you are with me where ever you send me whatever you call me to!" This precious little girl has lived with us since 2020. She is very dear to me and I want to give her permanency that the orphanage just cannot promise. She cannot be her own advocate and I feel like God has called me to be her advocate, her family, her mom. 

This process of adoption is overwhelming and has financial hurdles but the Lord hasn’t called me to do it alone. He walks with us through what He calls us to and He calls us to live in community, as a body of Christ we are meant to live in community with one another and to help meet one another’s needs.

If you feel called to partner with me in this I need

1st and foremost prayer!

*  Prayer to be steadfast

*  Prayer for wisdom

*  Just Prayer! It is a very overwhelming process but God is gracious and I believe He will guide it. But Prayer for my human heart and mind to trust in Him!

And 2nd for financial partners

*  I need to raise more monthly support as a full-time missionary at RoM

*  For the adoption, I will need to rent an apartment in the USA for the Home study so I need to raise funds specifically to be able to rent an apartment during this international adoption process

*  And for the expenses that I will incur during the adoption process;  the agency fees, the international fees, the federal fees, and all the daunting fees…

The Lord is Jehovah Jireh- The God that provides. Would you prayerfully consider allowing God to use you to help provide for this Adoption? He has called me to this and He will not abandon me in it! I know He will walk me through this and I know that His hand is on this process and He will provide guidance and help along the way. 

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Andrea Halliburton posted a new update:
16 days ago

Update #6

Exciting update!!

On Monday, June 10th, I was finally able to have my home inspection for the home study!

I absolutely loved my social worker, and greatly enjoyed her stories from all her years of work!

Even with this inspection accomplished (which feels amazing!), the paper chase continues as I wait for the home study to be finalized and accepted by USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) and I prepare all the documents for the Dossier.

The next invoices, for the Dossier fees and the post adoption follow up fees, have arrived with the amount coming in at $16,550.

I was recently convicted to use affirming language, such as “when this adoption is finalized, Once the paperwork is approved, after I am matched etc”. Fully believing and trusting that God can accomplish this while also walking forward with palms open believing “even if not” that He is good!! So that being said….

Once the home study is approved, I can start applying for Grants. Through my adoption agency, I am working with a financial advisor who feels confident I will be able to be approved for grants; however, that is not a guarantee and I have no idea how much the grants will cover. In the time between now and then, I need to pay for at least the attorney and translation fees. Those fees come to $4,500. Thankfully because of all of your wonderful support, I still have $1,600 in my savings account. Which means in the next month or so, I need to raise a minimum of $2,900.

Thank you all for your support through this journey! Please continue to pray that God will provide the funds needed. If He is leading you to financially help in this next step, you can contribute through the link below. I am beyond grateful for how God is guiding this process and know that it is in His hands. I also wanted to update you all that I have been able to start doing a little bit of bookkeeping work on the side that is helping pay for the rent at the Townhouse. If you know of anyone who needs a remote bookkeeper, please send them my way!

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Andrea Halliburton posted a new update:
16 days ago

Update #5

Exciting update!!

On Monday, June 10th, I was finally able to have my home inspection for the home study!

I absolutely loved my social worker, and greatly enjoyed her stories from all her years of work!

Even with this inspection accomplished (which feels amazing!), the paper chase continues as I wait for the home study to be finalized and accepted by USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) and I prepare all the documents for the Dossier.

The next invoices, for the Dossier fees and the post-adoption follow-up fees, have arrived with the amount coming in at $16,550.

I was recently convicted to use affirming language, such as “when this adoption is finalized, Once the paperwork is approved, after I am matched with hermanita, etc”. Fully believing and trusting that God can accomplish this while also walking forward with palms open believing “even if not” that He is good!! So that being said….

Once the home study is approved, I can start applying for Grants. Through my adoption agency, I am working with a financial advisor who feels confident I will be able to be approved for grants; however, that is not a guarantee and I have no idea how much the grants will cover. In the time between now and then, I need to pay for at least the attorney and translation fees. Those fees come to $4,500. Thankfully because of all of your wonderful support, I still have $1,600 in my savings account. Which means in the next month or so, I need to raise a minimum of $2,900.

Thank you all for your support through this journey! Please continue to pray that God will provide the funds needed. If He is leading you to financially help in this next step, you can contribute through the link below. I am beyond grateful for how God is guiding this process and know that it is in His hands. I also wanted to update you all that I have been able to start doing a little bit of bookkeeping work on the side that is helping pay for the rent at the Townhouse. If you know of anyone who needs a remote bookkeeper, please send them my way!

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Andrea Halliburton posted a new update:
4 months ago

Update #4

I’ve got some very exciting news!
On March 4th I picked up my keys to an adorable townhouse in Las Cruces. After over a year of searching for somewhere that is affordable, safe, and meets adoption guidelines, I was able to sign the lease! I am praising the Lord for His provision!

This now means I can officially send the commitment fee to my international adoption agency and fill out their initial paperwork. The next step is to reach out to the local New Mexico Agency to start the home study process but, before I can schedule it, the townhouse needs to become a home.

Several have asked how they can help or what I need. There is a lot that goes into making a house a home, but here are a few specific ways to help:

*This amazon wishlist has some ideas (you’ll notice a lot of pink because, for Hermanita, pink is life). They're simply ideas though, so don't feel restricted to these specific products.
https://www.amazon.com/registries/gl/guest-view/TFX7LFR03IKJ

*Donations of used items in good and gently used condition. If you no longer need it, I would love to give it a new home!

*Continued financial support through this fundraising page. The first check written for the commitment documents was $4,750. For full transparency, the next step will be approximately $4,800 for the home study, the I-800 filing with the government, and the fee for preparing the dossier. Along with those bigger fees, there will be other smaller miscellaneous fees as well. These are just the initial fees to start the paperwork.

It's so amazing seeing how God is providing!

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Andrea Halliburton posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #3

Little Hermanita seems to have developed a love of organizing and sorting. She has sorted through her dresser drawers and reorganized her clothes and she has gone through her toy bucket and removed all trash and things that weren't hers. I find this fascinating as I don't ever voluntarily organize anything haha. Clean sure, go through paperwork and file it correctly, I got you! But organizing and sorting through things, not my favorite haha. Maybe we will make a great team! Or maybe she will teach me her organizing ways. Puzzle campaign is ongoing!

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Andrea Halliburton posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #2

Update #1
Hello Wonderful friends and family!

I just want to shoutout and say thank you to everyone who has helped kick off this campaign!

To keep it going and help give my little hermanita (means little sister in spanish. She calls me her sister) permanency, I want to start my first major fundraiser. “Adopting” a puzzle piece. She absolutely adores building puzzles. I custom-made a 500 piece puzzle with a photo of the two of us. When a piece is “adopted” your name will go on the back and each adopted puzzle piece will help make the puzzle whole and hopefully one day it can hang in her room in a double-sided frame.

$10 suggested donation a piece and you can adopt as many as you want!

Also, super exciting, a friend and ministry partner has promised to match donations up to $2,500!

There are several options for donating.
Tax-deductible donations can be made directly through this blog to go directly to the adoption fees or through Bgi.org/andrea. If you select Bgi and the drop-down adoption acct, that money is being specifically saved for the USA apartment.

You can also send directly to me through venmo or paypal.

Just leave a comment with the name or names, if multiple pieces, to go on the back of the piece(s).

You all are making this process possible!

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