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Giving Spelled Out

Since we last posted almost 2 weeks ago we are now up to $18,000- that’s half way to our goal of $36,000! Thank you SO MUCH! Family, friends, and people we don’t even know have donated or made commitments to donate in the next few months. This is huge!

I wanted to outline our need and the different ways you can help us.

In short, our need is to have the total funds, ($36,000) accounted for within the next couple weeks. We don’t need to have all the funds in our account, or under our mattress, but we do need to have it all accounted for.

If you are able to give what you want now, please do so! (our “donate” button and address are on our Sidebar for quick reference.)

If you aren’t able to give, or give all that you want right now consider committing to a future donation. Maybe you know in a couple months that you will be ready to give $x… commit now and donate later. Or maybe you are able to give $x/month over the next 6 months. Let us know the total amount you are planning to give, then break it up in chunks. Whatever creative means you want, we just need to be able to communicate with confidence to our agency and all other governing entities where the funds are coming from… and fast. We are working on submitting our first application packet as soon as possible to Children’s House International, the agency in Ethiopia, and will need to inform them of how we are planning to pay for the adoption. Just saying, “Fundraising…” is not an option. All funds must be accounted for.

Thank you so much for considering me, Jamie, Lily, Beau, and these two beautiful children in Ethiopia who need a family and a home. Pray for us! Pray for God’s provision, for the readiness of our family, and for the comfort, care and protection of our* children in Ethiopia. Here is an excerpt from Psalm 68, “Father of orphans, champion of widows, is God in his holy house. God makes homes for the homeless, leads prisoners to freedom..”

(*I mean no disrespect by saying “our” children when we have not yet adopted them. I know nothing is final or certain at this point. However, in this process we mean to love these children as our very own, even if this whole thing should fall through.)


Klevjer 2012 Christmas letter

Merry Christmas, Everybody!
The Christmas season seems to have come early this year. I don’t know if it’s because of the late summer that seemed to run right into Thanksgiving, or that I’ve been installing Christmas lighting for my customers since the first week of November… but nevertheless, I am very excited to celebrate. My family has a lot of Christmas traditions, but one of my favorites has been reading a series of Advent stories each night at bedtime. They follow the stories of a few children, just slightly older than Lily and Beau, living in Palestine, and their adventures that wind up intersecting with the young Mary and Joseph and their new born baby.
It’s quite thrilling just to imagine being there. Imagine noticing a bright new star in the sky, much brighter than any other, that seemed to want to be followed. Or, being a shepherd out in the dark field, just shutting your eyes when something like all the lights and amplifiers of Cheney Stadium turning on at once all around you- almost blind and almost deaf at the same time from God’s glorious angels and their singing. Imagine the contrast from our homey-yet-sterile birthing suites today to the noisy, smelly and cramped manger where Jesus was born. It’s funny how one character seems to escape our attention… Joseph. Sure, we give him kudos for not divorcing his pregnant betrothed, but what about adopting her son as his own, raising him to carve and shape wood and to fear and obey God. Not that he’s the main character in the story, but let’s not miss out on acting out the grace and goodness of God towards others.
Our family has been on a journey to adopt children from Ethiopia since this time last year. We have learned and grown a ton in our readiness as a family. Many of our family and friends have shown great generosity in helping us raise funds for the adoption. We are praying hard for God’s wisdom, direction and provision. It may be sooner than we think…
But in the meantime, it’s been a great year. Beau is 8 and in 3rd grade. He is still the shortest boy in his class, but he has really grown as a student, a soccer player and a young man. One of my favorite things I do with Beau is pray at bedtime. For as rough, wild and passionate as he is as a little dude, there really is a tender, thoughtful and compassionate heart inside him, and it comes out when he prays.
Lily is 10 and a 5th grader! Wow! She too is part of the Short Club and co-president with her brother. Make sure to ask her about her new teacher, the Puerto Rican rockstar. She’s doing well in school, has a great little pack of friends, loves to dance, and is very excited at the prospect of being a big sister again. Lily has a mother’s heart. She loves caring for little kids and babies. She is loving, gentle and responsible.
Jamie is wonderful! She is the Queen of the Behind the Scenes. She serves her family, church family, and school in countless ways, and I’ll probably get in trouble for writing that.
And I am so blessed to have this little family who help me grow as a husband, dad and business owner.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
– Kyle, Jamie, Lily and Beau Blog: http://www.tacomafamily.wordpress.com

Catch Up

FUNDRAISING: So we had our photo shoot back in October with Kurt Gordon and it was a blast. We prayed and prayed for the rains to hold off so all our families could have their family photos taken in the park without getting drenched. Praise God! The rain held off till the very end… or at least only sprinkled a tiny bit for our last family. Such a blessing!
Then, Kurt also threw a sushi making party, hosted by my Sister, Katie and her husband, Matt. It was so much fun! And really, it turns out I make a pretty mean sushi roll! We made five different types and ended by splitting the party into three groups and having an “Iron Chef” secret ingredient challenge. Secret Sushi Ingredients: Orange, Milk Chocolate and Whipped Cream. It was so cool to see the party transform from a fun, informational gathering to a full on competitive culinary challenge! In the end, seaweed and chocolate should never be paired together for any reason! Between Kurt’s two events we made about another $2,000. And we did hardly anything! Kurt, you are such a blessing to me and my family. I can’t wait to introduce you to our new children. And HUGE thank-you’s to all of our attendees at these events. Your generosity and love mean so much to us!

DISCOURAGING NEWS: Back in October while checking in over the phone with one of our YWAM directors about our fundraising progress I was pretty discouraged to learn from her that there had been quite a slow down of children coming to their orphanages and being placed within families. This made no sense to me, in light of the fact that the hardships of Ethiopia were still alive and just as oppressive. She explained that a certain governing authority in matters of international adoption was putting a lot of pressure to not allow international adoptions from Ethiopia. So, we began to pray about what this meant for us. And not just us! What about all the families in Ethiopia who were struggling so badly? What about the children? We would pray for Ethiopia every day, that God would send relief. We would also pray for wisdom and leading.  Many times driving to my customer’s homes or up on their roof I cried out to God, that He would not let this door shut. Truly, He enlarged our hearts for Ethiopia and their hurting children and we longed to adopt. On nights when I felt that I just couldn’t pray about our adoption, my son would. “God, please bless our kids in Ethiopia and help us be ready to adopt. Please keep them safe and help them trust you if they are sad.” These moments were very encouraging for me- my own son holding me up with the strength of God’s hope. What a blessing!

Also, during these unsure months we continued to receive financial support, even though we were not doing any fundraising efforts. I received donations from my customers, some friends of ours gave $1,000!, another check in the mail from an adoptive family we talked with at a 4th of July party. All these plus random opportunities to talk about God’s love and adoption of us into His family would encourage me and keep me hopeful.

EXCITING NEWS: Last Thursday, as I was getting the kids ready for bed, about 8:30, I was shocked to see the number of one of our directors come across my phone. I answered, trying to not sound too freaked out. She told me they had recently received word from a sister orphanage in Ethiopia that they had two children, a young boy and his baby sister, who they were hoping to match with a family as soon as possible, given the unsteady adoption climate. Now we were being asked if we were ready. Funds were obviously a big deal.  We were still quite a ways off. They asked us to pray over the weekend and said they would call on Monday. We quickly put the word out with friends, family and church family to pray and ask God for His wisdom in moving forward. That Sunday we “just happened” to have a church Family Meeting and many of our brothers and sisters prayed stood and prayed with us- so encouraging.

On Monday we told the directors that we would like to move forward. They told us that they had one other family they were considering and asked us to continue to pray for God to illuminate His will for these precious children.

While at my customer’s house today, I got a call… We have been picked to officially start the adoption process for these two beautiful children!

When things progress further we will be able to post a photo and their names. For now, we have a ton of paperwork to complete. Please pray for diligence as we climb this mountain one step at a time. Also, we still need to come up with the remainder of our funds. We have $12k now, but need approximately a total of $36k. That’s $24,000! Would you please consider helping us? I have a loan with our bank waiting in underwriting for approval, but… the more we are able to raise, the less we will need to borrow and pay back. Another way to give is by donating airline miles. Because we have to travel to Ethiopia twice, we will need 4 round trip tickets and 2 one way tickets. This is obviously a huge part of the adoption cost and would lower our total significantly. Please contact us if you are able to donate in this way.

*Note: Normally we wouldn’t move this fast and would continue with saving and fundraising efforts. But, because things are so uncertain right now, we need to move as fast as possible to get these kids home before the doors do close indefinitely.

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