And Luca Makes 5 - Mullen Family Adoption

For: The Mullen Family
Bethany, OK
Organizer: The Mullen Family
$41,259
of $40,500 goal.
Raised by 331 donors
100% Complete
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The Story

Thanks for visiting our “And Luca Makes 5” page! We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and we're thankful for all of you who have journeyed with us toward bringing Luca home.

OUR STORY
Our story is pretty simple. After 15 years of marriage during which we were unable to have children, God called us to embark on an adoption adventure, and we said, “Yes, let's go!” Levi and Lia’s adoption journeys brought them to our family within the same calendar year (2011), and our family circle expanded to embrace them. Levi (from Ethiopia) and Lia (from China) are both now 5 years old. Since March 2015, God has been taking our family on another adoption journey, and our family circle is expanding once again.

LUCA
We will be adopting a precious 3-year old boy from Eastern Europe, and his name will be Luca. He is a “special needs” child, and he will require some ongoing physical therapy for hypotonia. We visited him for the first time in mid-October, and that meeting was a confirmation that God has brought him to us and us to him! We will be returning in February/March 2016 to bring him home.

PRAY
Please join us in praying for Luca and for the entire adoption process. Pray especially for his health and well-being, now and over the next few months. Pray for all the paperwork and the legal process. Pray for us to have patience and constant faith. Pray, giving praise to God who has now provided the financial resources necessary to make this all possible. See a couple lists of specific prayer requests in our other posts under the "updates" tab above.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING OUR STORY
We couldn't do this without the support of friends and family around the world who have already loved and supported us through Levi and Lia’s adoptions. International adoptions are quite expensive, and we can’t change that reality. But we have trusted that God (to whom all things belong anyway!) called us on this adoption adventure and we are thankful that He has provided exactly what is needed at just the right time.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIMELY HELP
Thanks to your generous help, we have passed 100% of Luca's adoption fundraising goal. We have been right on target in making each of the adoption payments, and that has helped us avoid any unnecessary delays in bringing Luca home. Thank you to each person who made a donation to help bring Luca home. Your timely gifts made all the difference! Please know how deeply grateful we are for your donations.

PROFOUND CALLING
It’s difficult to express with words our deep joy and our profound sense of calling to be good parents to Levi and Lia (and soon…Luca). God graciously welcomed us into his family long ago in order that we might also graciously welcome them into ours.

From all of us, and from the bottom of our heart, thank you for your love and support! Thank you for journeying with us once again as we bring Luca home.

"Happy Dancing" in expectation,
Joel, Sara, Levi, and Lia

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 21, 2016

Posted on January 21, 2016

JUMPING FOR JOY
We are jumping for joy today! Two more adoption grants just arrived this week, putting Luca’s adoption fund over the top. We are overwhelmed with gratefulness! Once again, God has provided just what was needed. We have watched God write Luca’s adoption story over the last 10 months one page at a time, and it’s a great story. :-) 

Last March, when we knew without doubt that God was calling us to embark on this adoption adventure, he clearly said “don’t worry about the finances”. We weren’t sure exactly all the ways that God would provide, but we have learned to trust his voice and depend on his providence. 

How did God do it? Well, just over 25% of the funds have come from adoption grants from various organizations. Thank you! A little more than 35% has come from donations from friends and family and from our fundraisers. Thank you! And a little more than 35% has come from donations from complete strangers, most of those in response to Levi and Lia’s Easter and Father’s Day videos. Thank you!

We don’t believe that this is a coincidence. God placed it in the hearts of people to become a part of Luca’s story, and we are so very grateful. Even more amazing, God has provided the resources for our family to complete 3 international adoptions in less than 5 years. Let’s call that what it is…a miracle! 

We hope that this is an encouragement to you, no matter your current situation and no matter the calling God has placed in your heart. If God has called you to take a step of obedience, don’t ever doubt that He will provide exactly what you need (not want, but need!) for exactly what that calling requires. 

Do not worry. Do not fear. Do not be anxious. Do not lack in faith. Believe…and obey…be thankful…and then jump for joy!

We’re also thankful for Luca today. 12 more days. :-) 

I’m thanking you, God, from a full heart, I’m writing the book on your wonders. I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy… 
(Psalm 9:1-2, MSG)


Posted on January 3, 2016

Posted on January 3, 2016

IT'S A DONE DEAL
We have purchased the plane tickets for our trip to bring Luca home. We leave 1 month from today! Lot's of excitement around here as we begin to prepare for the trip.

Good news too...it looks like our time in country will only be 5 weeks instead of 6+ weeks. That still sounds like a long time, but it's definitely a good change.

Finally, we are still short a few thousand short of our final adoption fundraising goal. If God has blessed you financially, and if you would like redirect a little of that blessing to help bring sweet Luca home, that would be a great investment! Thank you for being open to whatever God leads you to do.

Thank you for the thousandth time for all your prayers and support! Hope your new year is off to a wonderful start.

Blessings,
The Mullen Family

Posted on December 14, 2015

Posted on December 14, 2015

IT'S A DATE
Exciting news! We have an official date (8 Feb) for our second adoption trip. We will be headed to Luca’s home country the first week of February and returning home with him in March. It’s not quite as early as we first hoped, but it’s wonderful to know that all is in order and the final leg of the adoption journey can begin. Pray for us as we work through the final thousand little details to bring sweet Luca home!

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