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The Carthage Press
  • Upcoming benefit to help family's unique adoption

  • Cody and Keri Dougless always knew they wanted to adopt – and for these diligent Christians, the journey has turned into an adventure.
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  • Cody and Keri Dougless always knew they wanted to adopt – and for these diligent Christians, the journey has turned into an adventure.
    “It’s been on our hearts since we were teenagers,” Keri said. “The truth is, this isn't our story – it's God's. And while we may not have understood this from the beginning, we are learning that there is a deeper purpose behind His leadings.”
    Since 2012, the Carthage family has pursued international adoption. Now with the help of Mwangaza International, a Christian organization, the adoption process is underway for three children (siblings ages 2, 5 and 6) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A hearing has been set for Aug. 21 there.
    “It is no secret that adoption is costly,” Keri said. “Both domestic and international adoptions are expensive and insurance typically doesn’t help much. Because we are adopting independently, our costs are reduced dramatically because we will not have to pay agency fees. We realize that we have been blessed because we are among the last 'independent adoptions' in our country due to the Universal Accreditation Act of 2012. Even $15,000 seems like a lot of money to many. Typically, we would look at that amount and shake our heads, feeling as if it were an impossible goal. However, as we mentioned before, this isn’t our story, it’s God’s.  And He is providing. He is providing through generous folks in the community, generous family and friends, and even generous strangers.”
    In loving support of the family's ambitions, a benefit has been set for Saturday, Aug. 16. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. at First Christian Church Lighthouse for the trivia night, silent auction and raffle.
    “When we began first began this journey, we never imagined we would still be working towards it two and a half years later,” Keri said. “It’s been a very tough journey: tough on our budget, emotions, and our spirits. But we are learning and growing. I often compare this journey to running a race. We thought we were signing up for a 5K … but as we reached the end we realized it’s actually a marathon ... We are tired, and drained, and ready to collapse, but it’s not over.  The ending isn’t just about us finishing, it’s about three beautiful children that currently live in a tiny, over-crowded orphanage in the Congo. It’s not our strength that carries us through, it’s God’s. It’s His story, anyhow. It's worth it. It's worth it because ultimately its not about us. It's about Jesus.”

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