Please welcome Ashley for Fair Trade Fridays as she introduces Give1Save1 and a new member of their family…to come!

We have had a lot going on in the Hill house this last year.  April 1 2011, God confirmed to us that He is calling us to adopt a baby girl from Ethiopia.  For an entire year leading up to that point Mike and I had individually felt like God might be calling us to adopt but it was something that was too scary to really talk about or especially pray about out loud.  If we started doing that God might say YES!  In February 2011 after attending our church’s annual mission conference we both new that we had to be more proactive in seeking God’s will in this area.  We believe we were miraculously called by name and are so grateful for God being so clear with us.  So for about 4 months we worked on paperwork and then submitted a dossier with America World.  As soon as we did that Lifeline, a local agency, started a program in Ethiopia which had a much shorter wait time.  We again felt God leading us to make a change even though we would be starting over financially with the adoption.  At this time we are #27 on a wait list with Lifeline.  We are prayerfully expecting to find out who she is towards the end of this year.  At that point we will make two trips to Ethiopia – one for court and to meet her and one to bring her home.

For the week of April 29 we are the featured family for Give1Save1.  What is Give1Save1?  Every week a family adopting from either Africa or Haiti is featured and every dollar given during that time goes directly to that family’s adoption.  You give $1 (or more) and you play a part in removing a child from an orphanage and giving them a family and a future – Save 1.

How can you help?
 1.  Pray
  • Pray for the mental, physical, and emotional health of our baby and her birth mother
  • Pray for the circumstances around her abandoment.  We are praying that she is relinquished out of love and in a manner that minimizes complications in our adoption process.
  • Pray for our family as we wait.  While I have no physical signs of pregnancy, I do feel like a momma that is 3 months past due.  With adoption there is no guarantees in how long this will take.  Please pray for our patience and trust in God’s timing

2.  Give

  • We appreciate every single dollar that is donated to help us fulfill our calling and are humbled by your particpation
  • Money raised will help buy plane tickets for our two trips.  In total we will be purchase four tickets and will have short notice for each trip.  The approximate travel cost is $8000.  We are also praying for the opportunity to take Hudson on the first trip.
  • We are also trying to save money for my maternity leave.  I would like to take 3 months off work as I did with my boys.  Beyond using vacation time, there is no paid maternity leave for adoption.

3.  Spread the word


  • The success of this fundraiser is directly related to the number of people who know about it.
  • Please share via email, facebook, twitter, blogs, and pinterest from April 29-May 5.

We are very grateful for your participation in our adoption. More than anything we covet your continued prayers for our family. We look forward to the day you get to meet our daughter or see a picture of her beautiful face.

The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.  And by him we cry, “Abba, Father”  Romans 8:15

  Ashley Hill


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