Jason & Dawn,
We received your letter and found your story so touching. The world needs people like you that offer a life to these children. We think it is absolutely wonderful that you guys are adopting another child and would like to do what we can to help you.
I wanted to pass on this story to the both of you b/c it touched my heart. When I received the letter last week, my daughter Ella (five yrs old) saw it on the counter and asked me about it - who was in the picture, etc... I immediately began to explain to her that you both had adopted these 7 children b/c they did not have parents and they needed a family. I went on to say that it is extremely expensive to travel to Africa to adopt but that you guys were determined to adopt lil Naomi (she looked at her picture on the letter) and offer her the experience of having a family and all the blessings that go along with it (what your 7 other children have come to experience). I told her that you guys were praying and asking for help from your church family to help with your expenses and she immediately looked up at me and said “I want to send them some of my money so they can give Naomi a home”. Of course – I immediately began to cry b/c it touched me that she would think that way being so young. It is so difficult sometimes to know if how you are raising your children is really “working” and that was the first time I actually realized that my husband & I must be doing something right. I was very pleased and overjoyed that she wanted to give to your cause (and give her own money). Enclosed you will find the envelope that she wrote to you guys it says “I hope your new daughter likes her new home. Ella goes to ICCS. Love” Those are her words and expressions that she wanted to share with you. She went in her piggy bank (enclosed you will see the picture of her with her bank and your letter) and pulled out what she wanted to send which was $12. I know it is not much but it is filled with joy and happiness of a 5yr old. We have donated as well to make a total donation of $50 – I wish we could give more but unfortunately I lost my job in June and am still unemployed.
I hope this will help you guys some – your letter was very touching. Thank you for allowing me and my family to be a part of your adoption and also to experience how Christ works his magic in our little ones lives. It truly is amazing.
Good luck and we look forward to seeing Naomi Caroline in church.
Kendra, Chris, Ella (5 yrs) & Cora (19 mths) Diedrich
PS - We sent a letter to church family, our family, friends etc. Explaining that we would love prayers, support, money- to help bring Naomi home! We also sent a pic of our family so they could put that somewhere to remember our journey- to pray for us.
I can truly say that I was bawling when Jason read the letter to me. Not because of sadness, but pure JOY! When Jesus said- a child shall lead us- THIS IS WHAT HE MEANT!!!!!! When a child can see a need and does something about it........then we as adults should follow that lead because that is GOD INSPIRED! Not just to give (us) money, but to give to GOD whatever is needed for God's Glory.
Ella- you have touched our family in a way I can not explain, and I can't wait to bring Naomi home to meet her wonderful CHURCH FAMILY :) THANK YOU!!!!