No one can do everything… but everyone can do something.

I’m not sure where that quote originated, but it’s a great reminder that big things can be accomplished when people dream big, think creatively, act self-sacrificially, and give generously of their resources.

As Christians we are called by God to look after the orphan, the widow, and the poor 

 The practical application of this calling may look very different from one person to another. The Bible talks about different people having different gifts (Romans 12:6-8). Those gifts are to be used in the context of community and when individual gifts are used together for the good of the whole body,  amazing things can be accomplished.

Brittany and I feel that we have been equipped and called to care for children from difficult backgrounds by inviting them into our home and into our family.  We feel that God has prepared us with the emotional resources and therapeutic skills that will be helpful in caring for traumatized children whose needs may be great. This is how we will practically live out the above calling. But not everyone is equipped or called to carry out the exhortation of James 1:27 in this manner. God has equipped all of us in different ways with different resources to care for the least of these.

   Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.   35   For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,   36   I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’   37   Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?   38   And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?   39   And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’   40   And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Matthew 25:34-39

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Matthew 25:34-39

There are needs that we have along this journey that are in areas in which you may be equipped. Maybe you’re a prayer warrior, on this page you’ll see our requests and needs of prayer. Maybe you’ve got time, and would like to know how your time could be used. Send us a message on the contact page, we’d love to find ways for you to live out this calling as well! Perhaps you’ve got financial resources. You’ll find many ways to contribute below. Maybe you’re connected with lots of people. Please share our website! Maybe you have other gifts, skills, or abilities. If you see a way to put those to use let us know! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for supporting us in any way you can!

 

PRAYER

Here are some of our present requests

  • Perseverance throughout the internatioanl paperwork process. We're almost there!
  • Wisdom to figure out job situations and scheduling
  • Endurance throughout the process.
  • Pray for the health of the little guy we're adopting

FUNDRAISERS

Matching Grant!

We have been approved for a $5,000 matching grant through Lifesong for Orphans!! If you would like to make a monetary donation, every dollar given up to $5,000 will be matched. If more than $5,000 is raised, then that will still go into our Lifesong account and can be used towards our adoption. We've hit our matching goal of $5000!! We still need to raise about $6000 for our travel costs. Here's how to give:

  • Our Family account Number is 4986
  • Give Online - 1) Go to www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate 2)Click Give to an adoptive family 3) Fill in the form, Select Adoption Funding from the drop down menu, enter our account number 4986, and our name, McCallister
  • Give by Check - 1) make check payable to Lifesong for Orphans 2) in the memo line write "4986 McCallister" 3) send check to Lifesong for Orphans, P.O. Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744

Just Love Coffee

  • Get your caffeine fix by ordering from our just love coffee store. 25% percent of all sales will go towards our adoption!
  • Here's the link https://justlovecoffee.com/redirected
  • Please share with your coffee loving friends!

T-Shirts!!!

Backyard BBQ

  • Our Auction was a huge success! Thanks so much to everyone who came, bid on items and donated. We raised over $4,000 which helped us to be within $5 of what we owed to continue through the process.
  • Check out our blog for pictures and a summary.

31 Gifts Party

  • Thanks to all who came or placed orders online! We had a great turnout!

STAY TUNED

There will be more opportunities to help in other ways as we continue to move forward in this process.