We are so excited to share our Ethiopian adoption adventure, and our CRAZY lives with all of you! Our hope is that it will encourage you to step out in faith to do what God has called you to do! There are FIELDS of fatherless children waiting for someone to care for them, to love them, to tell them of JESUS' love for them...will YOU be the one??

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Exciting Update from Lifesong for Orphans!

Do you remember that Hope Ethiopia:100 challenge we gave you? The one where YOU all completely exceeded our goals

And that one phone call where an AMAZING donor committed to match ALL donations (up to $130,000) to Lifesong Ethiopia through the end of 2011?

Well, we found out about that donor on November 17th! That's 45 days to raise $130,000... which made this goal seem next to impossible... in OUR eyes! However, as you all know... GOD had different plans for THESE kids -

and these kids - 

Plans that we could never had imagined... plans to give them hope and a future! 

Thanks to an AMAZING TEAM of individuals and their fundraising efforts, coupled with the provision of our Lord, THE MATCH HAS BEEN MET! Did you hear me? All ONE HUNDRED THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS has been donated for the children at the Adami Tulu and Ziway, Ethiopia schools! 

We stand in complete awe of our MIGHTY Jehovah Jireh! 

Thank you fundraising team for your efforts, for the way you never stop advocating for these children, and for our faith in our Lord God Almighty to provide for ALL of their needs! 

Thank you donors who stepped up to the challenge and did not let the dollar amount get in the way... but trusted that EVERY one of your dollars mattered! 

Thank you to all of you who advocated for these children, pray for them, and have invested in their lives... it will surely be an invest with an eternal reward! 

Check the Adami Tulu site often to learn more about The Project, the fundraising priorities, and what's in store for 2012! 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Linny's Coming for a Visit!!!

Linny, over at http://aplacecalledsimplicity.blogspot.com/ has moved to a new town and is feeling a little homesick, so we are inviting her into OUR home through our blog! So, WELCOME Linny!! These are our precious treasures!

We have been praying NON-STOP for this family for so long and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE their hearts for the orphan..and well...their hearts in general!;), so go ahead..share YOUR family pics so Linny can get to know YOU! Or visit her blog and get to know HER amazing family! You will NOT be sorry, I promise! You can link up here: http://aplacecalledsimplicity.blogspot.com/.

Merry Christmas from The Richard Family!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The $10 Challenge

While most of the world was out searching the malls for the perfect Christmas gift for that hard to buy for person, a little girl and her 4 older siblings were surviving by filling their bellies with dirt. How does this happen...? Lord, please don't let us forget there is NOTHING we can purchase that is better than the GIFT we have already received in you.

So the challenge is on. Can you shar
e just $10 of what the Lord has blessed you with? I challenge you to GIVE TEN and then TELL TEN people about the need- and then challenge them to do the same. Oh and the best part? Your donation to Eagles Nest Orphanage(Amy and Todd Block are missionaries there)will be matched up to $10,000! How is that for an awesome Christmas gift!? Let's be the hands and feet of Jesus folks! So these children, and all who will come after them, will never feel hunger again!

Please donate to: http://www.eaglesnestint.org/index.php and SHARE.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Because Some Have Asked.......

Thanks to a couple of sweet bloggy friends, that ol' money ticker is going UP! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!:)

Over the weekend I had a couple of people ask how they could make donations directly, instead of purchasing through one of our fundraisers.

So, if you would like to do that, you can send in donations through the Chip-In button on the right(which goes directly to our paypal account), or, you can send donations(anonymously or otherwise) directly to our agency who will credit it to our adoption account with them.

The agency address is:

West Sands Adoptions
1240 East 100 South #1
St. George, UT 84790

And again, all the fundraisers are still going on, so you can check those out at http://www.ordinaryhero.org/Ordinary_Hero/Store/Store.html http://richardfamily.olivetreepromise.com/


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thou Shalt NOT Worry.....:)

No referral this week..maybe next week. They are working on "many" childrens' paperwork as I write this!:)

So far all four of our fundraisers have been ummm, shall we say, ineffective...meaning nothing has been donated so far(although I don't receive word from Just Love Coffee until a check comes in the mail:)). We are bummed...not because of the money...we know God can provide in whatever way he sees fit...but it does SEEM we're kind of...alone...

Friends, we NEED you..not your money...YOU! We need to know your lifting us up in prayer, storming heaven for us! We need to know that when we bring our daughter home, you will STILL ask about us, pray for us, etc....NOT alone...

Just let us know you're out there;)!

Here's hoping next week brings us an early Christmas gift!:)

*EDIT: Thank you so much for your prayers! PLEASE do NOT feel as though I'm pressuring you to give! It's been simply wonderful to know my bloggy friends are PRAYING...!:)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Help Bring HOPE to Ethiopia!

Children at the Lifesong Ethiopia school  are fed 2 nutritious meals per day, provided with a quality education, and taught the message of Jesus Christ. This gives kids like Beza the hope they need in order to break free from gripping poverty.

We currently have a need to build a 12-room expansion to our existing school, in order to reach more children like Beza. We have been blessed, by the generosity of a donor, to be able to MATCH all donations to the Ziway and Adami Tulu Schools between now and December 31st... up to $130,000!!!

This week, the 5th through the 9th, we invite you to join Hope Ethiopia:100. We are looking for 100 people to give a one-time $100 donation

Joining this team will not only give hope to kids like Beza, but your dollars will be matched AND you'll be entered into a drawing for a FABULOUS gift basket (details below).

Help us achieve the next $10,000 by being a part of our Hope Ethiopia: 100 Team!

Together we can make a difference in the lives of these kids!  Together we can do more to bring joy and purpose to orphans!

And don't forget to keep checking the Lifesong blog for updates all week!

*Gift basket includes: $100 itunes or amazon gift card, Lifesong t-shirtLifesong cookbook,Journey On CD, handmade necklaces & note cards by orphans in Zambia, handmade ornament from a child in Ukraine, 5 bags of Gobena coffeeGobena coffee
Gobena t-shirt, andGobena tote bag. This basket is worth over $250!

*To commit via check, please send an email to info@lifesongfororphans.org. Make check payable to Lifesong for Orphans, indicate 'preference Hope Ethiopia: 100' in the memo.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Celebrating Home Fundraiser!!

NEW Fundraiser!! This sight as VERY INEXPENSIVE candles and goodies that are perfect for Christmas gift exchanges or for teacher's gifts!! They have yummy cookie mixes, pie mixes, and ornaments...SO MUCH to choose from!!!

We get up to 50% of sales and the sweet lady doing it for us is giving us her commission as well!! WOW!! Thanks Veronica!:)

SO, what are you waiting for?!?! GO SHOP!:) Thanks!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

NEW Fundraising Option!!

To say I've been excited(stressed)is an understatement! NUMBER 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been doing weird things, like cleaning my house..just in case we get a referral today...MAKES.NO.SENSE!!!!

Here's the deal, we are about $3000 short once we get this referral, so we are giving you LOTS of opportunities to help if you so desire!

The latest: A CHALLENGE from Ordinary Hero!! We are signed up as new affiliates, meaning we get 40% of what YOU purchase from them to go toward our adoption!! Yippee! The challenge? They are also giving away a $500 grant to the top three sellers!! Let’s do some math…if we sell $1000 in product- we earn $400 (40%) plus if we are in the TOP 3 sellers, then we have earned an additional $500 in grant money. This will be some of the easiest money we have ever fundraised!


NOW is the time to order Ordinary Hero gear. Shop today through December 11th at midnight ... 40% of your purchase goes toward my adoption. Simply choose my name(Terry Richard) from the drop-down affiliate box at checkout. There is even a specials Tab where prices have been slashed! And remember top seller receives a $500 grant from OH! Can you please help me? They have GREAT items to choose from..Take a look and Thank you!!! :) Oh, and PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE feel free to share on YOUR BLOG as well!!!:)

Here's the link: You'll have to copy and paste it into your browser..