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More Help with Adoption Fundraising

Posted by on Feb. 12, 2012 at 10:28 PM
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Hi everyone,

I am not sure whether I posed this before.  I'll post it again.  A Tennessee couple has created a new website, www.olivetreepromise.com, which helps prospective adoptive couples raise funds for adoption.  The impetus for the website was the couple's own adoption from Ethiopia and their spiritual faith.   It is free for prospective adoptive couples to sign up!  

http://www.timesnews.net/article/9039408

New Web site helps couples adopt orphans


Published December 11th, 2011 10:07 pm

MURFREESBORO — A Middle Tennessee couple has started a Web site to connect families who want to adopt with vendors who can help them raise money for the endeavor.

Troy and Amber Lucht of Murfreesboro said they decided to create the site after adopting an Ethiopian boy three years ago. Shortly after bringing him home, they decided to adopt again but needed to raise money for all the expenses and thought about other families who needed help financially with the process.

Troy, who is an Internet developer, came up with the idea to create www.olivetreepromise.com as a way to help other families raise enough money to adopt, according to The Daily News Journal. The site connects families to vendors who are interested in helping.

“God opened our eyes up” to help others and bring his talent with computers together with his passion for orphans, Troy Lucht said. “My prayer was, ‘How can these mesh?’ ” he said.

Here’s how it works: Families market materials offered by vendors and those vendors give up to 50 percent of their profits back to Olive Tree Promise. The funds are then distributed to the families.

Vendors offer all sorts of wares including Ugandan necklaces made from recycled magazines, handmade baby items and clothing.

The mission project is based on the Bible verse Deuteronomy 24:20. “When you harvest olives from your trees, never knock down all of them; leave some for foreigners, orphans and widows.”

“We believe it is abundantly clear in scripture it is our job to care for orphans. ... And that’s really what the vendors are doing — leaving behind for orphans,” Lucht said.

Families who are adopting are able to register for free and each gets a unique URL. Lucht said customers can purchase items using a family’s URL or can choose which family receives donations. He said the site features a different family each week or so.

Creating the Web site took about a year, but Lucht said his wife was “very supportive.”

“I have the same passion Troy does for orphan care,” Amber Lucht said. “I think it’s worth the sacrifice to be able to help other families. Anything to do with orphan care or adoption-related, we try to seize that opportunity (to help).”

The Luchts are still raising money for their second adoption, but decided not to use Olive Tree Promise so they don’t have a conflict of interest.

“We’re not making much off of it ... about 2 percent for overhead. The goal is not to get rich off of this. The goal is to help families bring their kids home,” Troy Lucht said.

"A baby is a miraculous gift from God, no matter how one receives it. Some are given the ability bear them, others the ability to rear them."

by on Feb. 12, 2012 at 10:28 PM
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by on Feb. 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Thanks for sharing!

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