Several years ago, the Tovey family felt that God was calling them to expand their family though adoption. Amanda Tovey had seen firsthand through her work as an adoption caseworker how many orphans were in need of a home.
“But adopting was financially impossible for us at the time because we just didn’t have the money,” Tovey said. “However, we knew we were supposed to step out in obedience to the Lord.”
Adoptions cost an average of $20,000 to $30,000, with foreign adoptions running up to $45,000. The Toveys were able to take out an interest-free loan for adoption costs from the ABBA foundation, which allows families to pay back the debt on their own terms. Last year the Toveys adopted an almost 2-year-old boy from Russia, whose special developmental and medical needs were not being addressed.
“He means everything to our family,” Tovey said. “He has changed our lives, and hopefully we have changed his also for the better. He will now know the Lord, have brothers and sisters who love him, and a mommy and daddy who want him in their home.”
Tovey works with the Reclaim 1:17 ministries at Southbridge Fellowship Church, which brings awareness to the orphan crisis and the needs of orphans and adoptive families. Reclaim 1:17 is holding its annual Run to Reclaim race to help other families afford adoption at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, starting at the Brier Creek Commons Movie Theater in Raleigh. Last year’s race raised more than $5,000 to provide grants and interest-free loans. All proceeds are donated to the ABBA fund. The race includes a family-friendly 5K run and a 1-mile walk, and is a part of the Second Empire Grand Prix Series. To register for the race, visit www.southbridgefellowship.com/reclaim. For more information about the ABBA fund, visit www.abbafund.org.
“The race is a great opportunity for whole families who aren’t necessarily in a place to adopt or feel called to adopt, but know that there is a great need in our world, country and community to help orphans,” Tovey said. “By participating in the race you can do something that will change both a child’s and a family’s life forever.”
Millbrook UMC casserole & bake bazaar
The Millbrook United Methodist Women will be having their annual fall fundraiser casserole & bake bazaar from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Pryor-Bradford building, Room PB100, at the church, 1712 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh. Homemade casseroles, soups, chili and chicken pot pies in a variety of sizes will be for sale. The bazaar will also include new and twice-nice items, books, Rada knives, wool socks and delicious home-baked goodies. All proceeds go to local organizations and missions that help women and children in need. For more information, visit www. millbrookumc.org or call 919-876-0865.
First Baptist Church Family Revival Services
The community is invited to First Baptist Church’s Family Revival Services at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13; Thursday, Nov, 14; and Friday, Nov. 15; at the church, 101 S. Wilmington St,, Raleigh. Services include prayer, praise and songs as visiting ministers and their congregations participate in the services. For more information, call 919-832-1649 or visit www.fbcraleigh.org.
Hope Community singles night
Hope Community Church is having its monthly singles worship night from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the church, 821 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh. Singles of all ages will hear an encouraging message geared towards singles, share a potluck meal, socialize and enjoy live music. For more information, call 919-532-0620, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit facebook.com/hccjourney.
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