BRIEF: Concert to help local family adopt 2 girls from Haiti

Spokane Valley church, ONE*, will hold a benefit concert on Friday for KXLY Photographer Tim Martin and his wife, Melissa, who are trying to adopt two Haitian girls.

After a mission trip to Haiti, the couple decided to adopt the two girls, who they say captured their hearts, according to KXLY.

“We started to feel more and more like God was telling us that we were supposed to be their parents, that we were supposed to be their mommy and daddy,” Tim said in an article.

However because of high costs and difficulties working with the Haitian government, the Martins need some help.

Donations for the Martin family will be accepted at the free concert. The couple needs to raise about $60,000.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the church. Brandon Bee, Zecharriah Erickson and FAZ will be performing.


About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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  1. More than 100,000 children available and waiting for adoption in the US.

  2. The above comment maybe true but its doesn’t appear to be shared in a loving posture and that difference is at the heart of so much pain these days.

    At least that’s how I took the anonymous comment.

    If someone feels the need to advocate for adoption ready children in a first world country, do so but not in a way that seems to belittle the love in someone’s heart for kids in a third world context.

    Love kids…wherever your heart is stirred and God leads. Love has no law and I pray this family will celebrate their love in adoption. $60,000 isn’t much to God, love is worth it.

    Yay for Love!!!!

  3. CF - Cynthia Fine

    Adoption is a complex topic. Families considering adoption may feel overwhelmed by the process and even more so by the cost. The Martins are expecting the cost of their international adoption to be $60,000. There is an alternative. There are more than 100,000 children available for adoption in the US. My heart aches for these children, literally in our backyards, who wait for forever families to love and care for them. Cost need not be a barrier to those who want to create a family through adoption.

  4. I agree the challenges are real no matter what path one takes. I see people spend 100,000’s on homes, cars, trips & toys and yet seem to stumble at the costs of adoption. We will take loans for status but not for saving works.

    In the broader adoption issue there is the matter of international adoption as seen as more self-fulfilling and exotic for the parents and that plays into ego more than love. We are a complex people who often blend good works with self and nothing touches that more dangerously than the Christian messiah complex that undergirds a lot of activity in religious circles. Emotion is part of call but not the leading edge of the spear.

    Jesus gave his life to adopt us into his family, so no expense is too high for love but I hope people can truly discern between motives and mission. If they are unwilling to love an unlovely child due to race, economics, gender, disability or orgin…I’d question the maturity of the adopting family. If they are trying to derive meaning in saving or rescuing others, or if they are jacked up on some kind of ego crusade or Christian self denial movement pushed by charismatic radicals who demand extreme examples of self-renunciation, I’d question it.

    But if love of God, family and orphans drives the fulfillment of the biblical mandate to rescue and care for the orphan, I’d encourage it and support it.

    We did the local custody path and it was a long journey that unfortunately was a mix of pain and purpose and didn’t end with the type of story we had wished. Would we do it again? For love yes, but with much more discernment. The easier it is, sometimes means the less discerning one may be in the cost and commitment needed.

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