cham·pi·on - a person who fights for a cause or on behalf of someone else; to advocate; defend.
Someone said "Every child deserves to have a champion".
Let me share with you about our son, Cooper.
Abandoned on the streets of Africa at the age of 8, taken in by a local orphanage, defying odds and believing with all his might he would one day have a family again to call his own, Cooper prayed and waited. His wait seemed to be over and his prayers answered as a family committed to adopt him and began the process. Cooper had a family. Words could not describe his excitement. After time, a crisis would prevent the family from completing the adoption and Cooper would find himself heartbroken and alone once again. He was devastated. Cooper longed for a family to call his own.
Our family is no stranger to adoption. First blessed with two beautiful girls, we then had the honor to be apart of 14 amazing journeys welcoming children from all around the world into our family. It is truly a tapestry woven together as only God could do--and all for His glory. Several of our children have mild to moderate special needs. Watching our family rally together to cheer them on and encourage is a true inspiration. They are champions in every sense of the word.
Our family has a motto, you might have heard it before…Our “YES is on the table…THEN God gets to ask the questions and lead. But each YES looks a little different. Each YES is JUST AS IMPORTANT as the one before.
Each YES is a step of obedience taken in great leaps of faith.
This YES…is no different
Living “outside the box” means being willing to move, stand, turn and wait anytime and however God asks.
When our family was contacted and heard about Cooper's story we began to pray. We sought God's perfect will for His life and the life of our family. In time, The Father would confirm His plan to make Cooper apart of the Litzke family. We couldn't have been more excited and to add to our excitement... the Litzke kids, once again, rose to the challenge and determined they would be "champions" for Cooper.
We prayed, we waited and after many confirmations, with much peace, we said…..(you guessed it)……YES! After verbalizing our YES…God has continued to send confirmations and “bless our yes”!
The process should go rather quickly and much is needed. I did mention this is another FAITH journey? The great thing in that—we know—God’s got this! He asks that we do our part in diligent fund raising and being good stewards of what He provides. But He just might ask other’s to join the journey to allow them some really cool experiences of their own. To join in on the blessing of their YES in whatever way God invites them to be apart. Invites them to be a CHAMPION for Cooper. And along the way, invite you to witness the joy and miracles that occur when we respond and live out loud His heartbeat expressed in James 1:27. .
Yeah-we hate fund raising too. But a little boy longing to have a family to call his own, is desperate for our efforts. That makes it all worth while.
We humbly ask you cover us in prayer as we complete the paperwork and…wait. But first and foremost, please pray for our sweet boy as he waits and anticipates all the exciting and uncertain changes ahead.
For a tax-deductible contribution:
Please make checks payable to:
Lifesong for Orphans, then on the memo line / attached note write 'preference Litzke #5179' Then mail to:
Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744
Abiding in His Grip of grace & joy-on another journey of FAITH-
Mandy & Dave (& the whole Litzke gang)