“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with action and in truth” - 1 John 3:18
Request from Pastor Jerry Hays, St Peter Schaumburg, Illinois: Assistance for Associate Pastor and family with recent adoption costs
When a person preaches the Gospel without using words, the Spirit moves those around into action on that person's behalf.
Love knows no bounds, no costs. There are times when a biological mother is unable to care for her child but still loves the child enough to make the best choice out of love. In this story, a young homeless mother was lost, considered an abortion out of desperation, but soon found out that the abortion was cost prohibitive, not just in monetary terms. She sought out a Christian adoption agency who would help her find a loving family for her unborn child. That family was Associate Pastor Greg and Sara Hintz of St. Peter Lutheran Church and School in Schaumburg, Illinois. This mother chose to give her daughter life instead of aborting her. The Lord called the Hintzes by putting little Kaliyah into their life and they answered His call even though the cost was high.
Thanks to a Lutheran Church Charities donor, in addition to Senior Pastor Jerry Hays of St. Peter, Schaumburg, this story was not only shared with us, but a lead gift for this family has been given.
A decade ago, the Hintz family had been blessed with four children and were frequently going on mission trips where they developed a heart for orphans. It was during this time they made a decision to prayerfully consider adoption. In 2008 they sadly lost their infant son, Samuel, and soon after began the adoption process.
Their prayers were abundantly answered with four children in the Lord's creative timing and way. All of these children's mothers had specifically chosen the Hintz family to be the adoptive parents of their children.
As a birth mother, Sara can understand and empathize with the gut-wrenching decision these young women must make, the sacrifice of relinquishing your child to the care of another for the rest of their life here on earth.
There is another sacrifice that the Hintz family understands all too well, although completely and without hesitation, happily made. They used almost all of their savings, originally planned for a down-payment for a house, to cover the adoption costs. This is in total, $39,500 towards medical bills for mother and child, legal fees, and social reporting. The Hintz family has 8 living children, 4 biological and 4 adopted.
Yet through it all, Pastor Greg and Sara keep their hearts and home open. They continue to keep the relationships with the birth mothers and see it as part of their ministry. They recognize these are all God's children; the birth mothers as well as the children. Through this financial burden, they continue to trust in the Lord because He is always faithful. He has always provided.
They feel blessed by having the opportunity to love on these precious children God has given them to call their own. "God has always had his hand in everything and supplied what we needed. We just keep on keeping on," said Pastor Greg. They feel these children are worth investing in no matter the burden.
The miracles and examples set by this family and the open relationship they are keeping with the birth mothers of these wonderful children of God are life affirming Christian acts. This family is a wonderful example of how to walk in the light.
"I want to walk as a child of the light;
I want to follow Jesus
God set the stars to give light to the world;
The star of my life is Jesus."
We ask you help in the following ways:
- Pray for Pastor Hintz, his family and the birth mothers
- Provide financial assistance for Pastor Greg and his family to be used towards the housing and transportation needs.
Please give generously today to help this loving family as they have helped others.