Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Our Adoption Fundraiser- Please help us bring Anna home

Dear Friends and Family,
We would like to invite you to help us bring our daughter Anna home from China.  Over the past  several years our family has become compelled to reach out to widows and orphans in a significant way.  James 1:27 tells us that true religion is to care for widows and orphans in their distress.  We have been humbled by this passage as we look at many “religious”  things we have done in our lives but often neglected the things that God really wanted us to be doing.  We are working toward changing that and we would like to ask you to join us in making a difference in the lives of one very special orphan and widow.  Over the past year we have been pursuing the adoption of our daughter Anna.  She is a sweet two year old little girl who was born with Spina Bifida and a club foot.  We have already fallen in love with her and can’t wait to bring her home in a few months.

Adopting from China is very expensive and will cost our family $35,000.  We are partnering with Lifesong for Orphans and Both Hands in an innovative way to raise the money we need to bring Anna home.  We are going to spend a day serving a local widow, and we would like to ask you to partner with us by supporting us with a financial gift toward our adoption.  All gifts are tax deductible and 100% goes directly to our adoption.

If you live in or near Kansas City we invite you to join us for a day of service on Saturday, July 14th to help Pat, a local widow.  You can help us raise money for Anna’s adoption by asking your friends, family, and co-workers to support your efforts by making a donation to our adoption fund.  If you can’t make it that day we would still love your help in raising funds, either by requesting donations from others or making a tax-deductible donation yourself.  We want everyone  to experience the joy that comes from serving a widow and helping an orphan become part of a forever family.

Pat Roach  married her husband Howard in 1979 and was widowed in 1987.  She is an only child and has no children of her own.  In 2007 Pat purchased her home in Stillwell, KS so that she could continue her job at Southwestern Bell and be closer to her mother who lives in a nursing home in Parsons, KS.  Shortly after the move her step-father passed away, leaving Pat responsible for the care of her mother.   Over the past year Pat has suffered from several medical issues and just hasn’t been able to do as much as she used to in caring for her home and property.  Her
hope is to get the home fixed up in order to sell it in the next few years and move into a maintance free home closer to her mother in Parsons now that she is retired.  We plan to bless Pat by doing light tree
trimming, yard clean up, interior cleaning of hard to reach places, power-washing and re-painting deck furniture, and cleaning/sealing her tile floor.

There are Three Ways you can help...

SERVE- Would you consider being part of our fundraising team?  Do you want to join us July 14th for a day of service to Pat? Let us know how you would like to be involved and we will send you the information you need to be an important part of our Both Hands project.        
* Call us at home 913-322-1896 or e-mail us at
* Go to our facebook event page Allen Both Hands Project and click on "join"

DONATE- Please consider making a tax deductible donation to help reduce our adoption expenses.  100% of your donation goes directly to our adoption fund.  There are two easy ways to donate:
*On-line: Go to and click the "Donate" button under our family photo. Follow online instructions to pay safely with your credit card or PayPal account. Note: Paypal does charge a 1.9-2.9% service fee for online payments.
*Send a check: Make your tax-deductible check payable to Lifesong for Orphans.*
Please write preference Allen 2793 in the memo section of your check and mail it by August 3, 2012 to:
Lifesong for Orphans
P.O. Box 40/ 202 Ford St.
Gridley, IL 61744

PRAY- Pray for the ministries of Lifesong for Orphans and Both Hands as they do incredible work in the name of theorphan and the widow.  Pray for the millionsof orphans still waiting.  Pray for Anna's health, her birth family, and the nannies caring for her in her foster home.  Pary for Pat, that she will see and know God's love and care for her as we serve her this summer.  Finally, plese pray for our family as we wait to welcom little Anna into our family.

Here are some helpful links:
For more information about Both Hands visit their website at:

For more information about Lifesong for Orphans visit their website at:

For updated information about our project plese visit our Facebook event page: Allen Both Hands Project

To get a better idea of what a Both Hands project is about go to:

*Note: In following IRS Guidelines, your donation is to the named non-profit organization. Lifesong for Orphans.  This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor's suggested use.