The Miss­ing Piece: Fam­ily Day fundraiser to be held to help with lo­cal cou­ple’s adop­tion cost

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A Fam­ily Day fundraiser will be held on Satur­day, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. to as­sist a lo­cal cou­ple who are in the process of adopt­ing a baby.

The event will be held at Crane Eater Com­mu­nity Church, lo­cated on Red Bud Road in Cal­houn.

Bran­don and Ki­enna Childers are in the process of adopt­ing to make their fam­ily com­plete. The cou­ple, who have been mar­ried for four years, have al­ways dreamed of be­ing called “Mommy and Daddy,” but learned more than two years ago, in April 2016, they would not be able to have chil­dren. Ki­enna was born with a heart con­di­tion that does not al­low her to carry a baby. Ki­enna said that upon be­ing told they could not at­tempt to have a child, their “world was shat­tered.”

The same week that the cou­ple learned they couldn’t have chil­dren, Bran­don lost both of his par­ents. “We felt so much loss and con­fu­sion,” said Ki­enna, “but we be­gan to pray con­sis­tently for God to show us his plan. Pa­tiently and faith­fully we prayed day af­ter day, month af­ter month but seemed to have no an­swers.”

In May 2017, think­ing they had found an an­swer to be­com­ing par­ents, the Cum­mings be­gan the process of hav­ing a sur­ro­gate carry their child. “We just knew we would fi­nally get to be par­ents,” said Ki­enna. But af­ter months of wait­ing and six failed at­tempts, the Cum­mings ac­cepted that sur­ro­gacy wasn’t the plan for them. “We con­tin­ued to pray for God’s will be done,” said Ki­enna. “But as hu­mans, we were com­pletely de­stroyed. We just wanted to have a child of our own to love.”

Ki­enna said that the topic of adop­tion had al­ways been a part of their con­ver­sa­tions but they never thought it would be an af­ford­able op­tion for the fam­ily. “We strongly felt God was lead­ing us in this di­rec­tion, so we be­gan re­search­ing and pray­ing to find the right av­enues to be­gin the process,” said Ki­enna. “We are blessed to say we found the an­swers we needed to start our jour­ney.”

Ki­enna ad­mits that they un­der­stand the adop­tion process will be long and try­ing and fi­nan­cially strain­ing, but said, “We are trust­ing in God’s plan for our pre­cious mir­a­cle.”

A Face­book page was set up for the cou­ple, “The Miss­ing Piece: Jour­ney to Baby Cum­mings,” and var­i­ous fundrais­ers have been an­nounced on the page, along with news on the adop­tion process.

On Satur­day, Sept. 22, the com­mu­nity is in­vited to the Fam­ily Day at Crane Eater Com­mu­nity Church, where there will be a Chili Cook Off. Cost to en­ter the Chili Cook Off is $10 and prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place. To en­ter chili, send an email to the­miss­ing­piece­cum­[email protected]

Oth­ers ac­tiv­i­ties will be a silent auc­tion which will in­clude the fol­low­ing items to bid on: home­made farm­house ta­ble, pho­tog­ra­phy ses­sion, Lu­luroe, Rodan & Fields and more; a cake walks ev­ery 30 min­utes; can­vas paint­ing; in­flat­a­bles; live mu­sic; 50/50 Split the Pot draw­ing and more. There will also be t-shirts avail­able for pur­chase.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the cou­ple’s Face­book page or email the­miss­ing­piece­cum­[email protected]

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