Adoption Update: Matching Grant

Andrea and I want to take an opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us financially towards our $3000 matching grant that we received back in December. As a refresher- Lifesong for Orphans gave us a $3000 matching grant- meaning we needed to raise $3000 from friends and family and they would match $3000. As of February 12, we had received $3500 in support from family and friends like you- meaning we’ll get the maximum matching grant and have raised $6500 that will go towards our adoption. We are truly humbled by the love and support that you have given us. (If you supported us financially, you will be hearing from us personally soon!)

While our matching grant has been fulfilled, you can still support us financially through Lifesong for Orphans. By going through LFO, your gift is tax-deductible and continues to help us cover some adoption expenses. Information on donated to our account through Lifesong is at the end of the post.

Thank you for those who are supporting us through prayer. It is easy to get excited about the money that has been raised, but we are just as excited when you join in us in prayer for our little girl. We know that God is at work in our little girl’s life- and at work in our live’s as we prepare to open our hearts and our family to her.

Areas of Prayer:

1. Next Match Night is Monday, February 24th. We are praying for a match and a referral. Because we are adopting “minor-correctable special needs” the matching process trumps where you are ‘in-line” of the adoption. We could leapfrog the families in front of us because a little girl matches what we’re looking for (likewise, we could be leapfrogged as well!). Pray for the Bethany team in China who will make referrals based on the applications of waiting families!

2. Pray for our little girl’s health. As mentioned, we are open to a girl with minor-correctable special needs- and it is difficult to ascertain all the ailments or chronic conditions a child has physically, cognitively, or emotionally as the medical records available aren’t always the best or most up-to-date. We are praying for a healthy girl- and for the ability to love and welcome the girl God has for us into our hearts and family.

3. Pray for Abbie and Chloe- they are excited about having another sister- but have no way of knowing the possible difficulties that could occur. We both think they’ll make great big sisters, and they have been praying for their “Chinese Baby Sister.”

Thank you again for your continued prayers and support! We are blessed to have such great family and friends!


We have been blessed to receive a $3,000 matching grant through Lifesong for Orphans as a way to help pay for our adoption of a little girl from China that will cost us close to $35,000. You can give online at Select “Give to an Adoptive Family.” Complete the online form and fill in Account Number with #4189 and Family Name with “LaMotte Family”

You can send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans.” In the memo line, note “Acct #4189″ and “LaMotte” to ensure that your gift is credited to the correct account. You can mail your donation to: Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.

As gifts made through Lifesong are tax-deductable. If you have questions, please email me at srlamotte (at) gmail (dot) com

About Steve LaMotte

Husband of Andrea and father of four amazing children. Pastor at Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford, Delaware.
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