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Tuesday, December 06, 2011
William and Sandra Taylor are Adoption Rally grant recipients for the Lipscomb men's basketball game against UT-Martin this Tuesday, Dec. 6. Game time is 6:30 p.m. in Allen Arena. The Taylors will receive all admission fees from single game tickets Tuesday night as part of the fundraiser to help defray their adoption costs.
The Taylors have a 10-year-old daughter, Jenna Grace, and are in the process of adopting Liann Yingbei from China, a 10-month-old little girl with special needs. She has a cleft lip and palate and will require several surgeries once she arrives in the U.S.
“I have always wanted to adopt,” said Sandra. “We were blessed with one biological daughter through the miracle of fertility treatments. After multiple treatments did not produce a sibling, we decided to be content with what we had. In early 2010, I did back to back studies of the books Crazy Love by Francis Chan and Radical by David Platt. The Lord again laid adoption on my heart, not just in my own personal desires, but to follow His instructions of caring for the widows and orphans. At that time, my husband just wasn’t there yet. Quietly, I began to pray for direction in this area. One Sunday afternoon in the summer of 2010, on the way home, my husband said he thought we should get started on an adoption. Later when I asked what made him change his mind, he said, ‘I don’t know. God just changed my heart.’ We’ve never looked back.”
The Taylors are active members of The Church at Station Hill, a plant of Brentwood Baptist in Thompson Station. Sandra works as Benefits Compliance Coordinator at HCA.
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.