December 5-7, 2013 | West Ashley, SC • Goose Creek, SC • North Charleston, SC
In the spring of 2010, LoveGave started with a mission to love and serve the city of Charleston in a way no one had ever seen or experienced before. Three years and six life-changing events later, we have seen thousands of people impacted through our efforts and well over $200,000 in funds raised.
Stuart and Kate Robertson have been married for 9 years. They met on a mission trip to Thailand in 2002. Stuart spent a semester in Thailand the prior year and led a trip of students back to teach English and do humanitarian work. Kate also fell in love with the culture and people of Thailand. They graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA and were later married.
When the desire to start a family began, adoption was their first choice. They wanted their first child to know that he/she was chosen for their family even before the thought of biological children came. They started the application process and a few days later, their daughter, Lucy Sathida was born! They found out about her a year later and traveled to Thailand in 2011 to bring her home. Jude, their biological son, was born in June of 2012.
Walking through the adoption process with Lucy has been one of the most amazing experiences of their lives. Never before was the gospel more concrete and clear than in adopting Lucy. Ephesians 1:4-6 says, "4 For he chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—6 to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves."
Once Lucy was home and finalized, they began the adoption process once again. This time, their desire was for an older child. God showed them a precious 6 1/2 year old boy from Thailand. They are now in the process of waiting to bring him home.
High school sweethearts, Tommy and Brittan Gotbeter, have been married for 9 years. They have 3 biological children, Thomas (8 1/2), West (6), and Hartley (3). They are a part of community life at The Church of the Good Shepherd in West Ashley, where their kids attend preschool. They've also been members of Seacoast Church for more than 10 years. Tommy is an electrical estimator by trade. He loves to run and enjoys coaching his boys Upward soccer teams. Brittan is a homemaker who also finds time to exercise, take part in women’s Bible studies and serve others. Their children are involved in many activities such as swimming, soccer, and playing the piano. Hartley, the youngest, likes to tag along with her brothers when she's not outside playing with her mom.
As a young child, Brittan was dealt a tough blow as she lost both of her parents. Following the sudden loss of her father at the age of 7, she was essentially adopted by her step-mom. While reflecting on her adoption as she grew older, God put a strong desire in her heart to one day adopt a child of her own. Brittan believes that every child deserves what she had in a wonderful, Jesus-loving family. As they have been praying for a 4th baby, God has made it clear to Tommy and Brittan that now is the time to adopt. Through their connection with Lifeline adoption agency, they met a precious 2 year old (Molly) from China. Molly has a form of unrepaired spina bifida, and a club foot that will need medical treatment upon returning to the U.S. The Gotbeters are very excited to welcome sweet Molly into their family. You can follow their adoption journey at www.gotbeterstochina.blogspot.com.
Patrick and Tiffany met in college and were married in 2004. Patrick spent most of his life in Tyler, TX, and Tiffany grew up in Hanahan, SC. Before embracing her role as a stay at home mom, Tiffany was a 3rd grade teacher. Patrick is a police officer. They both knew early on in their marriage that one day they'd adopt and become foster parents, yet they had no idea it would become their life’s calling.
Their plan was to have two biological children, then adopt as they got older. But God had a much better plan for them. After strong convictions, they trusted God and chose to pursue domestic adoption. The journey began in November 2010, and in June of the following year they were chosen by a birth mother. Josh was born in August 2011. Going through that journey to adopt Josh greatly changed the Norwood's hearts, and taught them how to really trust God. They now have a beautiful open adoption with Josh’s birth mom and are blessed by her presence in their lives.
Following the first 6 months with Josh they began to feel a stronger calling on their lives. They were broken over children who had no family. So they made the decision to continue to open their home, and just last Christmas hosted a boy from Latvia. In addition to becoming full-time foster parents, they're currently in process of adopting again, domestically. They also plan to host another little boy from Latvia this Christmas. Adoption has not been the easiest road to travel for the Norwood's, but piece by piece God is building their family and they would say it has been worth every single minute.
Joshua and Leanne have been married for 10 years. In 2005, they moved to South Carolina from up state New York. Since their arrival in South Carolina they've been working very hard, often working multiple jobs, to support their family.
In 2009, they became pregnant and eagerly awaited the arrival of their first born, who was due that following year. On June 4, their plans took a drastic turn. Their son was born with a very rare medical complication. He died on June 5, 2010. Leanne was fortunate to survive. The night they lost their only son, Leanne lost her ability to safely carry children. However, in spite of all this, they knew that they still desperately wanted a family. After many days and nights of extensive research, prayer, and thought, they decided adoption was the best way to grow their family. It's through adoption that their beautiful 2 year old son became a part of their family.
The Gates fully understand the risk associated with trying to conceive again. But they're equally as excited that those physical risks won't prevent their family from growing. They feel more than blessed because of adoption, and are stepping forward to adopt once again. They find themselves in the process of doing just that, this time adopting domestically. So now they anxiously wait... wait for their next little one to come into their lives, to love, to nurture, and to see their family come to completion.
Will and Stacey first met at an afternoon get together that was arranged through mutual friends. They both felt an immediate connection, and Will quickly asked Stacey out on a date. When looking back, each of them still fondly remember that first meeting and believe they knew they were embarking on something special. Two years later, Will proposed at their favorite restaurant. They were married through a small, intimate ceremony, performed by Will’s grandfather, on the beach. Now married for almost 7 years, they've built their relationship through a God-centered marriage focused on trust, love and friendship.
The Flynn's absolutely love to have fun! They spend a lot of quality time together, whether it's just the two of them, or with extended family. They're closely connected with their families, often going on vacations, attending football games, and celebrating birthdays and holidays with them. This will be the first grandchild for both of their parents, who are beyond thrilled to walk through this process with them.
Will and Stacey have always known they wanted to start a family. After some difficulty conceiving, they were convinced adoption was the path God was calling them to. They continue to be amazed at how He is using their story for His glory, and can't wait to see how His plan plays out. They're more than ready to give their unconditional love to a child, and consider themselves blessed through their adoption journey.
Married for almost 13 years, Shannon and Penny Sharp live in Summerville, SC and have 3 amazing children. Elias is 11, Norah is 6 and Samuel is 5. Norah and Sam were adopted from China in 2008 and 2011, respectively. They love going to the beach or any waterpark, and are always up for a friendly (competitive) game of Uno. They thoroughly enjoy being together; whether it's on the go or just being still. They consider their lives to be full and blessed.
The Sharp's are so thankful for the way God has shown His love through each of their adoptions and continue to draw closer to Him on this journey. They're also extremely excited to be back in the "paperchase," and look forward to seeing who God has chosen to complete their family. Grateful for the opportunity to be a part of LoveGave 2013, they see it as another to chance to simply be the hands and feet of Jesus. For Shannon and Penny, adoption is a passion that has once again been ignited in their hearts, and they eagerly anticipate how God continues to use them in telling this beautiful story.
Keith and Jessica are married and have two biological children, Sophia and Jacob Jackson. Keith is a retired Air Force officer, having served more than 26 years working in a variety of communications and computer networking positions. Following his retirement, Keith returned to school at the College of Charleston where he earned a Master of Arts degree in communications, and is now currently enrolled in the culinary program at Trident Technical College.
Jessica is a former cardiac RN, who is taking a break from the work force to raise their children. She has felt called to adopt for years. After their son was born, and following much prayerful consideration, Keith agreed that adoption was a way of living out their faith in Jesus Christ. Late in 2012, they began to look into the process of international adoption. In early November 2013, they received final approval to adopt a 9 year-old girl from Guiyang, China. Keith hopes to travel with his mother in either January or February 2014 to complete the adoption and bring their new daughter home, while Jessica will stay home to take care of their other children. The Ramsdell family worships at Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Seacoast West, and are actively involved with the Journey Together Ministry.
Rusty and Tami were married on May 2, 1992. They have four children total coming out of previous marriages. They both immediately agreed that four was enough and decided not to have any children together. However, after twenty years of marriage and raising children, things began to change. Tami didn’t feel like they were “done” yet. She couldn’t pinpoint what the yearning was, but definitely knew it was there. Were they to move, change jobs…what was it? In the meantime she did know that she had developed an overwhelming desire for a son. She thought their girls would get married one day and then they'd have a “son,” but that wasn’t it. That yearning was becoming an insatiable yearning…a son!
During this unrest, their youngest decided she was going to China for the summer to volunteer in an orphanage. While there, one day over Skype she showed them pictures she had taken of some of the babies in this particular orphanage. They were amazed & proclaimed, "There he is….our son!!" They knew instantly that this was what God had been planting in Tami's heart all that time. After three days of prayer, Rusty and Tami were in total agreement, and they started the arduous process of adopting. Ten months later, Simon Joseph Yinxuan Metts became part of their Forever Family. And what a ride it has been for them. And now, once again, they find themselves in the process of adopting another little boy, Evan Zachary Metts, also from China.
Josh and Haley were married in 2007, after dating throughout college. During the years following, Haley gave birth to two healthy boys, but not without complications. Because of this, they decided to forgo additional pregnancies, and begin the journey of adoption as a means to grow their family.
For many different reasons, the Chambers have always felt a leading to adopt, both as individuals and as a couple. As they sensed God showing them the time to begin this journey was at hand, they knew who to contact through personal relationships that were already established. They also knew their hearts were being led towards international adoption, and even more specifically, Hong Kong. They quickly fell in love with the profile story of a little girl, and from then on our paths were set.
Their adoption journey is far from complete, as they've experienced several setbacks. However, God has been leading them through the entire process, consistently showing His grace. At this point, their travel dates have yet to be established, however, they're hopeful to be traveling by the spring. So they wait... to meet the newest addition of their family, all the while continuing to depend on God’s perfect faithfulness and timing. And they have a peace that comes with knowing He's in control of the entire process.
In 2013, we're building off of last year's event, LoveGave Hope, and have set our sights on much larger goal...$150,000! TOGETHER, we're going to help fund the adoptions of 10 families. At the same time, we'll be raising supplies for four local orphan relief organizations. To break it down further, $100,000 will be split between these 10 families and $50,000 in supplies will be given to the relief organizations. We'll introduce you to the families as we get closer to the event. Now, here's where you come in. We need your help to pull this together, so we've made it simple with 3 easy ways to get involved.
GIVE. With our secure PayPal site, you can give any amount right here at LoveGave.com.
SERVE. Click SERVE and choose one of our 3 Charleston locations to volunteer your time during the event.
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The mission or Lowcountry Orphan Relief is to provide services and aid to meet the needs of abandoned, abused and neglected children in the Lowcountry, and specifically intervene where government aid ends.
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