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The Story


So God’s ways are not our ways….for sure.  Little did we know last year at this time that the Lord would call us to adopt four brothers from Haiti!  This week we got to see pictures of their precious faces, we know their names and we know their stories.  We are not allowed to share this information, but trust us we are smitten! 

Then today we were told how much the international fees would be.  Please sit down.  $56,300, with the total costs of the adoption being approximately $80,000.   As of 4/16/2014:  we have paid  $39,160. of those fees.  We paid about $33,500 of those fees out of our own funds with a combination of a refinance, tax return money and some on a 0% credit card.  We have raised about $27,430. including our recent matching grant.  We are   For a better understanding of why adoption costs so much, please go here: http://showhope.org/5-reasons-adoption-can-be-expensive.  Since we realized we cannot do this without help:   here is our idea:  The Eleven Campaign.   This idea came from this story:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/30/hony-boy-from-ethiopia_n_4177784.html.  In this story a family’s entire cost of adoption was raised and  most of their donations were in $10 gifts!   I thought that seems doable…..since our family will go from seven children to eleven….I thought we would try to get the word out to as many as we could for donations of eleven dollars. Please, don’t think eleven dollars is too small!  If 100 people give $11., that is 1,100!   Feel free to share our eleven campaign with anyone…maybe it will go viral and we can fund this entire adoption!   Feel free to share it on your Facebook page, or whatever way you can. You can also visit our blog at: http://ronschaffner.wordpress.com/#sthash.6BT8YCMi.dpuf

Thank you for considering this.  Many blessings to you.

Ron and Michelle Schaffner

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 8, 2014 by MICHELLE SCHAFFNER
Dear Friends,
While this eleven campaign has ended and we currently are not raising any more funds until we get closer to bringing the boys home, we would love for you to continue to follow our story on our blog at:  ron.schaffner@wordpress.com 

At the current time we are anticipating prayerfully to travel for our first two week trip around Christmas or at the first of the year.  This is assuming referrals begin soon in Haiti.  

The Schaffner Family

Posted on September 11, 2014 by MICHELLE SCHAFFNER

Progress and Praises

Well, I wish I could share that we had our referral, but not yet.  But, the good news is that the IEBSR began issuing them this week!  Two families from America World received their referrals and will be traveling to Haiti to meet their children in two weeks!  One dear woman has never had any children and has been waiting a long time for this.  She is so excited and we rejoice with her. 

Our orphanage has indicated that they expect referrals for their children to be coming at the end of September through Mid-October.  The praise is that the boys do now know they are being adopted!  They do not know yet who. 

Another  praise in the area of finances.  I figured our money and due to a couple of increased fees and needing some of our personal money for other things we were about $1000 short.  I prayed asking the Lord to provide for this need, though I must say my faith was probably smaller than a mustard seed.  I didn’t know how the Lord would do this since our fundraising campaigns were through.  I had on my  to do list to apply for another 0% interest credit card.  I checked our Lifesong account to make sure that all the donations were in now and there was a donation from someone for $1000!  I was floored!  Then when Ron brought in the mail he handed me another check for $1000!  I guess the Lord wanted to assure me that He has this adoption in the palm of His hands. 

It seems each time my faith is weak in some way He sends strength, or a prayer, or a note of encouragement from somewhere.  One dear friend, to remain nameless, sent me a very special statue.  This statue represents Mary and the anawim.  Each time I look at the statue, I am reminded to give it all to the Lord. The following are some excerpts from the amazing article she gave me, hope it blesses you as much as it did me.  Thank you , friend. 

The Anawim: who are they?

By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J. *

Some years ago, the award-winning comic strip by Johnny Hart featured a piece about the mystery of the Incarnation, though it did not mention the phrase.

The cartoon was a whimsical commentary on modern man and woman. It is relevant today because the public commemoration of Christmas is challenged everywhere. It is after all, a legal holiday. The country has no problem honoring American presidents or Martin Luther King, Jr. Yet, protesters complain that their sensibilities are offended by honoring Jesus Christ, if not as God, then certainly as the greatest of all anawim:

It seems to me that since the Fall–
without even thinking it odd  
that man had no trouble at all believing that he can be God.  
How he would do this I cannot conceive ... 
tho, he certainly thinks he can–
and yet, he cannot bring himself to believe that God can become ... a Man.

Who were the anawim?

Mary and Joseph of Nazareth, Mahatma Gandhi

The anawimof the Old Testament were the poor of every sort: the vulnerable, the marginalized, and socio-economically oppressed, those of lowly status without earthly power. In fact, they depended totally on God for whatever they owned. The Hebrew word anawim(inwetan) means those who are bowed down.

Mahatma Gandhi understood inwetanas the way of bhakti, that is, loving devotion and surrender to God. In times of suffering, the anawimremained faithful and awaited the good things of the Lord to fill their emptiness, as the Lucan gospel tells us in (Lk 1:53). They delighted in the Lord because they were rooted in him.

Mary of Nazareth belonged to the anawim. Her life of fidelity had singled her out for a special role in God’s salvific plan. She was already betrothed to Joseph, and when God’s plan was put to her, quite naturally, she asked how it would happen. Mary’s free acceptance allowed the Spirit to work in her. In proclaiming her Magnificat, she acknowledged that the Almighty has done great things for her in her lowliness in contrast to God’s dealings with the proud (Lk 1:47).

Mary shines among the anawimabout whom Jesus later speaks in the Sermon on the Mount. She is the first model of discipleship in the New Testament.

Like Mary, Joseph of Nazareth also belonged to the anawim.  In a dream, he experienced his own annunciation in which he responded to God’s mandate and assumed his role in salvation-history (Mt1:18-25).  Joseph was deeply troubled that Mary’s child was not his.  He had no foreknowledge of Mary’s Annunciation, no foreknowledge of Mary’s divine pregnancy. He had to be told. Like Joseph of the Old Testament, through a dream, he was asked to entrust his future entirely to God. He understood that by divine choice, he would be the child’s earthly father, assuming responsibility both for legitimizing the child and for naming him. Like Mary, Joseph trusted in God’s providential care.

Jesus, God’s Anaw

In his epistle to the Philippians 2:6-7), St. Paul tells us that Jesus emptied himself taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. The phrase, “he emptied himself” refers in the first place to the Incarnation. Jesus’ kenosis means that he who emptied himself freely chose to deprive himself of something he already possessed. A person who makes himself empty gives up his wealth and becomes poor. St. Francis of Assisi is one famous example of this. Jesus did this so that by his poverty, “(we) might become rich” (2 Cor 8:1-9). He entered into the condition of the powerless anawim, but he did not de-divinize himself of his Godhead. He made himself at one with the poor by becoming absolutely poor.

Jesus emptied himself as love (agape)in order to redeem humanity through kenosis. Agapeled to kenosis, and kenosis, to glory. Love was the only reason for his incarnation, his passion, death, and resurrection.

As model parents, Mary and Joseph raised Jesus in the spirit of the anawim.

Posted on August 9, 2014 by MICHELLE SCHAFFNER


Haiti has been issuing referrals for certain special cases and we are asking for prayer that our referral would come soon.  Today, I read Jesus instructions to his disciples on prayer. Following the Lord’s prayer is the story told by Jesus of the friend going to his friend at midnight asking for 3 loaves of bread and Jesus said that he will not get up and give him bread because he is his friend, but because of his persistence he will give him as much as he needs.  Will you join us in prayer that our case would float to the top of the pile and the Lord would hear all of our persistent requests for a referral soon

On the financial front we are very close to having everything we need for this second trip.  We have raised  $7,366.94. from the both hands project along with the $3,000 from the matching grant giving us $6000. More.  We have $33,328.92 and will need $36,000. Due to one fee increase and paying for the boy’s schooling for the fall.  Isn’t that amazing!  Thank you to all of you for your prayers, donations and help in so many ways.  From a financial front, we are ready, we can go.

Once we are issued a referral, it takes about two weeks to be ready to travel as we have to wait for approval from the IEBSR.  We then travel for two weeks and will be staying at the orphanage and in the orphanage guest house while there. Our access to internet will be limited. When we return home we can share photos etc.  It then is supposed to take 6-8 months until we can bring them home.

Prayer is coveted.


Posted on July 27, 2014 by MICHELLE SCHAFFNER
Bake sale an amazing success:  2,200 raised

Both Hands project a blast, see video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmAaGXd738w&feature=youtu.be

Thank you, please pray for a referral this week, by Aug. 2, 2014.  Blessings, The Schaffner Family

Posted on July 18, 2014 by MICHELLE SCHAFFNER
Max's Next Bake Sale

Remember my post about Max's Bake Sale?  Well, now he is having an EPIC BAKE SALE!  Here is his mom's post about it.  We are so  humbled by the kindness of others in helping us raise these funds to bring our sons home.  We are learning to WAIT, as the Lord is working in His timing.  There have been no referrals issued from Haiti for 6 months as the laws switch over.  We don't know when they will start. Our boys do not know yet that they are going to be adopted.  We thank you for your prayers.  If you live close enough, visit the bake sale! See below:

Ok, BIG NEWS! The next "donation only" BAKE SALE is scheduled! Spread the word and please share this. I will keep posting reminders. This sale is going to have to take place in my side yard and I am so excited and happy for the outreach of area businesses that are wanting to donate! Thank you Country Market for the lemonade!
Other organizations donating their prized goodies are:

Please contact me if you're willing to help and donate to make this successful! Most importantly we need you to come!

Haiti Adoption Mission Bake-Sale Fund Raiser:

A baked goods fund raiser will be held Friday July, 25th in the yard of Tahny Lowry to help a local family adopt 4 brothers from Haiti. Please join us from 9 am to ??, so come early. All baked goods priced for donations only. Local businesses are also lending a helping hand to show support for this family. Please pray for quick processing of documents and approvals to help bring these brothers home. Money raised will be used for adoption fees, travel expenses, and necessities needed for these four boys.


11978 Hewitt Rd, Brooklyn, MI


Michelle and family

Posted on July 2, 2014 by MICHELLE SCHAFFNER

Praises for a $2000 grant from Heart of Bride Ministry for Orphans.  Check out their website: http://www.heartofthebride.org/

Praises for a free wooden swing set from Craig’s list, although Ron is driving 1 and ½ hours each way to get it!  Praises for a connection through Sharon United Methodist Church we aquired two dressers.  Check out their rummage sale coming up soon on July 10,11, and 12.  Praises for an awesome core team for our Both Hands project, and a sweet family, Tamara Ball and her children Parker and Emma, to do this awesome project with/for! 

We continue to just feel the Lord providing for us each day in new and unique ways.  We feel so blessed and supported by our church, family and community.  I am so thankful for the people praying for and supporting us, knowing these precious boys have all this support!

Been profoundly impacted by a verse in my daily Bible reading:

“But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closed his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in Him?

1 John 3:17

It is such a difficult reality that all of us in America are so wealthy compared to the rest of the world.  I pray that our hearts will never stop seeking His face and using all He gives us to help those who need it. How can the world look at us if we live just like them and see any difference?  Do we just look like the world but don't do big sins?  Do our lives reflect any sense of real dependence on Him?  Do we even remember to ask for our Daily Bread? (David Platt in his secret church sermon asks this) Or are we pretty sure we can take care of all our own needs?  Questions to ponder.  

I have struggled with the waiting.  Right now we have heard no news.  Praying for a miracle to travel this summer.  If this happens, it willunmistakebly be the hand of God!I pray Lord, that it would be your will to bring ours sons home soon.  I ask in Jesus name for a referral.

Thank you for all your support and continued prayers.  Can hardly believe our little Ella Joy is nearly one!  Thank you Jesus for Ella Joy.

Blessings in Christ,

The Schaffner Family

Posted on June 9, 2014 by MICHELLE SCHAFFNER

Some of you have asked about our matching grant information, I would be glad to send you a letter or here is the basic information you need:

To send a tax deductible donation for our $3000 matching grant:

  1. Please prayerfully consider giving a tax deductible donation as we have been blessed with a $3000 matching grant funded by Family Christian Ministries, through Lifesong for Orphans to help pay for our adoption expenses.  Our goal date is August 4, 2014, but funds will be accepted until our sons are home and/or the adoption is complete.

Please make checks payable to “Lifesong for Orphans.” In the memo, note “Schaffner  #4451” to assure it goes to the right account. Please mail to: Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL. 61744.  Lifesong has been blessed with a partner that underwrites all U.S. administrative and fund-raising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners).  This means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.  Lifesong is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and your gift is tax deductible.

Thank you for your prayers and for so many of you who have already so generously given! 

Ron and Michelle

Posted on June 4, 2014 by MICHELLE SCHAFFNER
We just received word today that we got a matching grant from Lifesong for $3000!  Details coming soon.  This is a huge blessing and with this grant will put us right where we need to be to travel!  This grant can also help with travel costs, which is a blessing.  Thank you Lord!  Thank you for your prayers!

Posted on June 4, 2014 by MICHELLE SCHAFFNER

As I have struggled with the longing for our sons to be home, I have had to ask myself, what is it I truly long for? If I believe God is omniscient, which I do. If I believe God is omnipotent, which I do. If I believe He is merciful and just, which I do. If I believe God is kind, which I do. If I believe God is sovereign, which I do....then I must trust He is in control. He must be doing something in our hearts during this waiting time. He is perfecting us....He is preparing us...He is showing us Himself, preparing to be Glorified. To trust and rest in Him in this waiting has been a test for me. To truly be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and petition present our requests to Him, and allow Him to fill us with the peace that passeth understanding. And yet, to still pray every day with faith that I will see that email! 
I found the scripture that has helped me so much with this. Romans 8:23 says "And not only this, but also we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body." I was floored when I read this! Oh! How we long for our children to be home, and yet our own spirit's long for our position as sons to be complete. We long deep in our soul for that last "step" in our adoption as sons! We can all so relate to this now! He is enough. As we ache for our children, and rightly so....for He is father to the Fatherless! We also ache for Him. May Jesus fill us today. 

Posted on May 16, 2014 by MICHELLE SCHAFFNER

Please pray for us as we are being presented for a matching grant through Lifesong.  Our application was submitted to the board yesterday and we will know in 2-3 weeks.  Thank you for interceding.  May the Lord be glorified.  He has been so faithful in providing for this adoption!



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