It’s one of my goals for 2014 to be more deliberate about looking after the orphan and widow in practical, tangible ways. I know this is Jesus’ heart and I want it to be mine as well, but it’s so easy to become overwhelmed by the needs in our world and instead of helping, do nothing.
But this year I’m trying to think of creative ways to reach out and one of those ways is to share stories of, be a voice for, and support those who are doing this work – day in and day out. One of those people is Amy.
Here is Amy’s story and some photos of the beautiful stuffed owls she made for Cohen and Claire.
Hi friends! I’m Amy and I’m the founder of Owls for Orphans. I’m honored to be here today sharing a little about my business and the heart behind it.
In early 2012 God called my husband and I to expand our family through adoption. As many of you know, adoption is expensive. International adoption can cost families over $50,000! We were adopting a child with special needs from Bulgaria and our adoption was expected to cost around $30,000. I think it goes without saying that we didn’t have that money just sitting around. So we started saving and fundraising, knowing that God would provide the finances needed to adopt this little girl.
In July of 2012 I started Owls for Orphans to raise some extra money for our adoption. My crochet plush owls proved to be loved by all and through God’s faithful provision I was able to open an online boutique to begin raising money for other adopting families.
Owls for Orphans currently raises money for adopting families through our Owls Boutique (www.owlsfororphans.etsy.com) where you will find toy stuffed animals, latch hook rugs, and other children’s items. Everything in the boutique is made by hand and new items are frequently added. 25% of all boutique sales are donated to an adopting family. We are also a growing source of resources and encouragement for adopting families through the Owls Blog (www.owlsfororphans.com/blog).
It is my prayer that God will continue to use Owls for Orphans to encourage and equip adopting families on their journey and that our little business will inspire Christians around the world to step up and defend the cause of the fatherless.
Thanks for doing what you do, Amy! If you’d like to get some custom made owls of your own, be sure to check out Amy’s shop.