Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Sparrow Fund

Have you been touched by adoption? We're partnering with The Sparrow Fund this month to
to support adoptive families.

My introduction to this amazing ministry called The Sparrow Fund was a complete "God thing". 
A friend of mine needed help getting some medical questions answered for a little boy in Africa. She emailed me some information and images. I called Lifeline and asked if they knew any doctors who would be willing to help. They pointed me to The UAB Adoption Clinic here in Birmingham. The sweet lady at the clinic told me about the Sparrow Fund, a ministry based in Texas that advocates for orphans and offers grants to families adopting children that need medical assistance. When the conversation ended, I turned to my husband and said "Listen to this great ministry she just told me about. We need to find out more about them." Later THAT DAY I was surprised when I got an email from Kelly Raudenbush, the director of The Sparrow Fund about something completely unrelated. She had gotten my info from another Facebook friend we had in common. It amazes me how God puts the pieces together in His perfect timing. I knew we were supposed to be connected to them in some way.

Since then I have learned more about them and all the great things they are doing. Mark and Kelly Raudenbush founded The Sparrow Fund in 2011 after the adoption of their youngest child from China. Since then, The Sparrow Fund has given well over 40 grants to adoptive families to bring home children from Ethiopia, China, Russia, India, Bulgaria, Congo, South Africa, Latvia, Ghana, and Albania. Not only do they offer grants, they also lead trips to orphanages over seas and offer training and support to families who are adopting. Check out this beautiful post about their recent trip to China.

Two years ago they took a leap of faith and added a marriage retreat for adoptive couples--Together Called. The need and desire for such an event became more evident when it filled up in only 10 minutes that first year. Last year it filled up in under 5 minutes.

This month (May 2014) we are participating in their Building the Nest campaign. $5 from each sale on our website (excluding fundraiser bundles) will go directly to The Sparrow Fund and their effort to serve orphans and adoptive families. PLUS by shopping with us and their other partners you are eligible to win this awesome iPad they are giving away! Check out the rules here  http://bit.ly/1iB2HDu