One cannot adopt and stay the same. Adoption is a powerful force of change. It changes the child as well as the parents. The Sparrow Fund was founded because the change involved in adoption is a wonderful, life-altering experience. We desire to see others experience the joy of change that comes through adoption.
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Mark and Kelly Raudenbush
Mark and Kelly, married since 1998, are the parents of four, the youngest of whom was born in China and joined their family through adoption in the spring of 2010. The combination of Mark's finance experience and Kelly's counseling background along with their heart for adoption led them to serve adoptive families more formally by founding The Sparrow Fund.
Sarah Hansen is a home study writer for Bethany Christian Services. She has a passion for assisting in building forever families and has been in the adoption field since 2004. She and her husband, Andy, have been married since 2008, have one son, and hope to have a brood of adopted and biological kids one day.
Ashley is a former social worker who currently works from home in order to spend more time with her children. She has a passion for advocating and educating families on adoption. She and her husband Mike have been married since 1999 and have three girls, the youngest of whom joined their family through China's special needs program in the summer of 2010.
Brad is on staff with Young Life in western Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Melissa, have been married since 1995 and have six children, two of whom were adopted from Ethiopia.
Abbey current works for Woodlynde School and volunteers with The Sparrow Fund in her spare time. The adoption of her brother, Joshua, from Korea in 1997 began her heart for orphan care and adoption at a young age. She and her husband, Ben, were married in July 2011 and look forward to having a big family of their own someday.
Why We Do What We Do
In the book of Luke, from the New Testament, we read, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7). In some places around the world, children in orphanages may be considered only as valuable as simple sparrows. But, God, because of His great love, has not forgotten any of them. Though the cause of the millions of orphans in the world may overwhelm us, God knows each one of those children and loves them dearly. Each one of us on the leadership team has a relationship with this God of the Bible. We believe that adoption was God’s idea. We were lost and orphaned, and God sent his son Jesus to provide a way for us to be adopted into His family. And, we desire to have a heart like His. We want to serve orphaned children by serving the families who are going to welcome them home. Our desire is that ONE MORE
child will experience the love and belonging to a family and that there would be ONE LESS child living life with no hope.
We do not require candidates for services of The Sparrow Fund to believe what we believe, nor will we try to convince you to believe as we do. But, we want you to know our motivation for what we do.