Sunday, February 19, 2012
Jon and Debbie Nettles are the recipients of the Adoption Rally grant for the Monday, Feb. 20, basketball game against ETSU. Game time is 6:30 p.m. The Nettles are adopting for the second time, this time a child in the United States. They hope to bring home their child later this year.
Jon is a 1995 graduate of Lipscomb. Debbie (Williams) graduated from Lipscomb in 1996. Jon is vice president of BNAP, Inc. Debbie is an accountant with Frasier, Dean & Howard. They are both active members at the Brentwood Hills Church of Christ.
"Debbie and I were married in 1996 and we always looked forward to the day when we could share God's love with a child. However, in 2003 Debbie was diagnosed with breast cancer and her doctors told us that having our own biological children was not in our future. The Lord answered our prayers for her healing through multiple surgeries and chemotherapy treatments and in 2008 she was declared cancer free. The Lord also answered our prayers for a child in 2008 when he blessed us with the adoption of our son Sam. His name is actually Samuel after the story of Hannah and Samuel in I Samuel 1:27-28 when Hannah said 'I have prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I will give him over to the Lord.'
"Now we are praying for another child that we can love, protect, and raise in a Christian home. We know there are children all over the world that need homes but many of them also live right here in our own country. We have chosen to adopt domestically and thank Lipscomb University for its financial assistance in completing our upcoming adoption."
Lipscomb University's Adoption Rally program was created to help families in middle Tennessee raise money to defray some of the mounting costs of adoption. At each men's basketball home game, an adopting family is chosen as the beneficiary of all of the single-game ticket sales revenue for that game. The families are chosen by the Adoption Rally Advisory Board made up of Lipscomb alumni and friends who have either adopted children or were adopted themselves. Families that are chosen simply try to get as many people to attend their game as possible. The larger the crowd, the more money that goes towards their adoption. For full details or to apply for an Adoption Rally grant, visit www.adoptionrally.com.
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