Sing Family Home Renovation

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Raised by 129 people in 35 months
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Erica Deuel
on behalf of Olivia Sing
 BRANCH, AR

**Campaign is now closed. Please read the closing update from Olivia Sing. Thank you to all who have been/still are part of this story**

I’ve known this update was coming, but I didn’t want to write it.  I put it off for really good reasons like “it’s not my story to share”, and “I don’t want to stir up any trouble”, and “no one is expecting me to speak right now” but here’s the actual truth…I just didn’t want to process through the emotions of the past year.  I kept thinking that we’re no longer “in the trenches”, so I could sit back and rest the way everyone was telling that I could and should.  But God said something else and it IS my responsibility to share that part of the story.From the beginning of this journey, it’s been my heart to fight for the ones who couldn’t.  In this case, it was 4 precious kids, and when I thought we could no longer fight their battle, you all rallied around and continued fighting for them and us. Not fighting a physical enemy, of course, but the dark spiritual forces at war for these hearts and lives. Once we got past the initial hurtle of keeping the children together, the support continued…willing hands built the addition, money came in, prayers went up, dinner invitations were extended for all EIGHT of us and little hands were held across parking lots and into Sunday school classrooms. But still, it was hard. Six kids under 7 years old is constant controlled chaos, even with the best behaved kids.  There were more days than I’d like to admit that I went to bed feeling discourage because literally the only thing I had done that day was parent…referee, feed, bathe, pick up, discipline, feed, answer “who’s there” to the saaaammme knock-knock joke, feed…repeat. Laundry didn’t get done, bathrooms definitely didn’t get cleaned, dinner came out of the freezer and went onto paper plates, and I finally just bought a dog to clean up the floors that constantly needed swept. 

In my heart I knew we were “doing a good work”, “loving the least of these”, and being obedient to God’s calling for our current season of life, but honestly, that didn’t make it any easier in my head. I was physically tired, but even more exhausted mentally from the fast pace, constant messes, and weight of juggling so many hurting hearts.  Young hearts that were sorting through way more emotions and experiences than anyone, at any age, should ever have to do. My own mom-guilt about not being able to give each child the undivided attention that I wanted was paralyzing on countless days.  I let Satan lie to me that “just parenting” wasn’t good enough…I thought I should also be able to build an online business like so many other busy moms, or cook dinner from scratch since I was home all day, or at the very least, be able to put the laundry into the dryer before it needed rewashed.  And when I didn’t, I was failing. I started feeling like I was doing the bare minimum to keep our lives functioning, and that someday our pace would be slower and I’d be able to do more, something bigger and better, something prettier and more admirable. Once I started doing THAT thing, God would be able to use me to further His Kingdom.  Let’s stop right there…how did I forget that I was raising WORLD CHANGERS?!  How did I let my eyes be so blinded by the pile of dishes, cut up pieces of construction paper all over the floor, or marker on the wall, that I missed the little voices singing “God’s Not Dead” at the top of their lungs, and retelling Bible stories and arguing about who gets to be Esther?!

Here’s the amazing thing that I couldn’t see before…by God’s great grace and mercy, the children were hearing my heart louder than my tired tone of voice! They were asking for prayer when they were sick or scared and would be devastated when they realized they forgot to bring their chore money for the offering plate at church. I’m so thankful that God was constantly moving and stirring even when I felt like I wasn’t or couldn’t.

So this update is two-fold…first, know that God is writing an unbelievably beautiful story! We were privileged to raise and disciple these children for a year, and they have recently left our home to continue their story elsewhere. I can’t share the details, but God has continued to fight for these children and been so faithful to show up in the smallest of details throughout this transition, in ways that we could never have predicted or imagined. My prayer is that as they grow up and start to share their story for God’s glory that they will always remember how He raised up an entire army of complete strangers to love and provide for them! We have all been blessed and changed by your generosity and prayers…thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts!! 

The second reason for this update is to encourage you to continue meeting us at the feet of Jesus on behalf of these sweet children and the new family God is forming.  I expected to feel like my job with them was done after they moved, but instead I feel a renewed sense of commitment. I LOVE the family God has entrusted them to and I have full confidence in their ability to raise, love and disciple them for the Kingdom! But I also know now some of the challenges in raising a large family and can pin point exactly where I was deceived by the enemy.  So I refuse to rest while they’re in the trenches, or to sit back while their joy is under attack.  We may not be on the front lines with them, but we’ll be their cover fire. We’ll be on our knees doing everything in our power as children of God to stand for them against the enemy’s schemes, so that they are free to just parent. J We’ll be their constant prayer warriors and biggest cheerleaders, and when the time is right, we know God will fill our home again.

Love,
Olivia Sing

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I’ve known this update was coming, but I didn’t want to write it. I put it off for really good reasons like “it’s not my story to share”, and “I don’t want to stir up any trouble”, and “no one is expecting me to speak right now” but here’s the actual truth…I just didn’t want to process through the emotions of the past year. I kept thinking that we’re no longer “in the trenches”, so I could sit back and rest the way everyone was telling me that I could and should. But God said something else, and it IS my responsibility to share that part of the story.
From the beginning of this journey, its been my heart to fight for the ones who couldn’t. In this case, it was 4 precious kids, and when I thought we could no longer fight their battle, you all rallied around and continued fighting for them and us. Not fighting a physical enemy, of course, but the dark spiritual forces at war for these hearts and lives. Once we got past the initial hurdle of keeping the children together, the support continued…willing hands built the addition, money came in, prayers went up, dinner invitations were extended for all EIGHT of us and little hands were held across parking lots and into Sunday school classrooms. But still, it was hard. Six kids under 7 years old is constant controlled chaos, even with the best behaved kids. There were more days than I’d like to admit that I went to bed feeling discourage because literally the only thing I had done that day was parent…referee, feed, bathe, pick up, discipline, feed, answer “who’s there” to the saaaammme knock-knock joke, feed…repeat. Laundry didn’t get done, bathrooms definitely didn’t get cleaned, dinner came out of the freezer and went onto paper plates, and I finally just bought a dog to clean up the floors that constantly needed swept.
In my heart I knew we were “doing a good work”, “loving the least of these”, and being obedient to God’s calling for our current season of life, but honestly, that didn’t make it any easier in my head. I was physically tired, but even more exhausted mentally from the fast pace, constant messes, and weight of juggling so many hurting hearts. Young hearts that were sorting through way more emotions and experiences than anyone, at any age, should ever have to do. My own mom-guilt about not being able to give each child the undivided attention that I wanted was paralyzing on countless days. I let Satan lie to me that “just parenting” wasn’t good enough…I thought I should also be able to build an online business like so many other busy moms, or cook dinner from scratch since I was home all day, or at the very least, be able to put the laundry into the dryer before it needed rewashed. And when I didn’t, I was failing. I started feeling like I was doing the bare minimum to keep our lives functioning, and that someday our pace would be slower and I’d be able to do more, something bigger and better, something prettier and more admirable. Once I started doing THAT thing, God would be able to use me to further His Kingdom. Let’s stop right there…how did I forget that I was raising WORLD CHANGERS?! How did I let my eyes be so blinded by the pile of dishes, cut up pieces of construction paper all over the floor, or marker on the wall, that I missed the little voices singing “God’s Not Dead” at the top of their lungs, and retelling Bible stories and arguing about who gets to be Esther?!
Here’s the amazing thing that I couldn’t see before…by God’s great grace and mercy, the children were hearing my heart louder than my tired tone of voice! They were asking for prayer when they were sick or scared and would be devastated when they realized they forgot to bring their chore money for the offering plate at church. I’m so thankful that God was constantly moving and stirring even when I felt like I wasn’t or couldn’t.
So this update is two-fold…first, know that God is writing an unbelievably beautiful story! We were privileged to raise and disciple these children for a year, and they have recently left our home to continue their story elsewhere. I can’t share the details, but God has continued to fight for these children and been so faithful to show up in the smallest of details throughout this transition, in ways that we could never have predicted or imagined. My prayer is that as they grow up and start to share their story for God’s glory that they will always remember how He raised up an entire army of complete strangers to love and provide for them! We have all been blessed and changed by your generosity and prayers…thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts!!
The second reason for this update is to encourage you to continue meeting us at the feet of Jesus on behalf of these sweet children and the new family God is forming. I expected to feel like my job with them was done after they moved, but instead I feel a renewed sense of commitment. I LOVE the family God has entrusted them to and I have full confidence in their ability to raise, love and disciple them for the Kingdom! But I also know now some of the challenges in raising a large family and can pin point exactly where I was deceived by the enemy. So I refuse to rest while they’re in the trenches, or to sit back while their joy is under attack. We may not be on the front lines with them, but we’ll be their cover fire. We’ll be on our knees doing everything in our power as children of God to stand for them against the enemy’s schemes, so that they are free to just parent. ☺ We’ll be their constant prayer warriors and biggest cheerleaders, and when the time is right, we know God will fill our home again.

Love,
Olivia Sing
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As Olivia’s sister, I have had the privilege of an up-close-view in their obedience to love the widows, the orphans, and the poor. Perhaps I am biased, and yet maybe Cody and Olivia truly are angels here on earth. When I think of Olivia and Cody, I think of people who really, truly understand the gospel of Jesus Christ and who are making every effort to love like him and trust Him to do immeasurably more than all that they could ask or imagine.

Their faithfulness in helping families and in taking every step of obedience has not come without struggle, but through it all it has been incredible to see two people who are really believing and trusting that the “struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Cody and Olivia are steadfast in keeping this perspective and remembering that the battle is not against people, but it is over the hearts and lives of the families and children they come in contact with.

A couple of weeks ago, two of our brothers and I headed to the Sing’s house with our paint clothes and tools packed in the car. We were going there for what we were not-so-secretly calling a “real life mission trip.” We knew there was work to be done, and we wanted to help in whatever way we could. It was such a neat experience to see how much work has been done on the house, and to know that it would not have been possible without the generosity of Christ’s community rallying together and supporting the Sing family.

In the last post, Erica shared a lot of updates on the house. It has made so much progress! At the same time, there is still a lot to be done. After 4 months of sharing a room with their two biological kids, Olivia and Cody have officially moved into their new room located in the addition! So much has been done in the last four months, and to God be all of the glory!

While it is so exciting they have moved into the new space, there is still an overall large need. The immediate need is siding. Without any siding on the addition, the rain leaks through the fascia and is flooding their room. Cody has hung plastic on the side of the house, but the wind keeps blowing it down and he has had to fix it several times. Even in the midst of these circumstances, the Sing family continues to press on in joy and hope. What strength and courage they have! Cody and Olivia have gotten several estimates on the cost for siding, and they are still about $1000 short. Could we rally together and raise that money for them? It is so cool to have opportunity to be a part of the story that God is writing in their lives and the lives of those they are helping.

For all of you who continue to support Olivia and Cody, whether it is through donating, praying, or giving your time and/or resources, THANK YOU!! I think I speak for our whole family when I tell you that it is so encouraging to see people coming together and being a part of something that is so much bigger than ourselves.

Thank you for all of your generosity!
Joni DeVictor
The Sing's Addition
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3 months ago we had to close this campaign due to the sensitive nature of the Sing's situation. We are still unable to get into all the details. However, so much has taken place these past three months and we wanted to give you as much of an update as possible.

For those of you who have already generously contributed, your donations have helped to make unbelievable progress. We can not thank you enough. The Sing's have been so blessed by your generosity. Not only has it provided a means to do the needed renovations on their home, it has given them inspiration they needed to continue pursuing the right thing in the midst of very difficult circumstances. Olivia and Cody have been able to do so much and have been encouraged along the way, that they are not alone. For the past three months, they have seen and been apart of watching their little farmhouse grow.

From footings and walls going up, to closing in those walls and hanging drywall, it has been an exciting process. They have had some work donated on top of your generous donations. Cody and Olivia have worked tirelessly to do a lot of the work themselves, with the help of a couple of sweet friends and family members along the way. There have been many late nights hoisting up drywall, mudding, and now painting. This couple, I do believe, are super human. They care for six kids and at night are now renovating a house.

They are planning to start utilizing the space this coming week. A big court hearing happens next week and they feel it is crucial to be in the house, utilizing the bedrooms before that takes place. As the picture shows, so much has happened. They are extremely excited and happy to start finally be living in the space.

But, can we get real for a moment? As Olivia's sister, I am so thrilled, but I know with what still needs to be completed….life could get hard soon. While they are able to get in the space and spread out a little bit, the addition has no plumbing or HVAC. It is wonderful that they have the space to start spreading out (remember, the entire biological family has spent the last three months living out of one bedroom), but it will start to feel like camping in a big box especially when the weather changes.

Olivia and Cody are two creative, resourceful people. I feel like I am continually impressed and shaking my head in amazement at their attitude and insight on what their real battle is. We wish we could go back and share more of their story, but for complications outside of them, we can’t.

As the money ran out, they started thinking about what really mattered and is most important. They choose to get the electrical work done over getting carpet. As a result, they have painted the plywood floors so they feel clean and can be ready to be lived on. So smart.

Friends, (I call you that because whoever is ready to help this sweet family of 8 in my book…I already share a heart level connection with you), can we rally together to help carry the load of completing this project we started?

If we could raise another $16,155, we could see this project really completed. Will you please consider giving again? Would you please help us to share with others? It it important to be wise in this process, please do not mention or tag the Sing's... Just share about a "worthy family in need!"

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Your heart, belief, and generosity on behalf of my sister and her family mean so much. I am so grateful for you choosing to be in it with us.

Thank you,
Erica
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MESSAGE FROM THE SING FAMILY:

Sweet friends,

We are completely amazed and beyond grateful at the generosity and support from all of you! The ways we have seen the Lord move has brought us to tears in awe of His faithfulness and provision for all of us. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!

Unfortunately,in order to comply with the demands placed on us, we cannot continue with this online campaign. Now, more than ever, we are relying on the Lord to lead and guide us.

This past week has brought a roller coaster of emotions from one end of the spectrum to the other, but we've still seen the Lord be faithful. The incredible support we've already received thus far (time and money) should be enough to finish the most crucial part of the renovation, while we continue to seek the Lord and trust Him to provide the rest in other ways!

Again, thank you so much for being apart of this journey! We can't even express the ways your support has touched our hearts and blessed our souls. Please continue to keep us in your prayers!

Grateful,
Cody & Olivia Sing
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Julie Morgan
27 months ago

Absolutely beautiful, Olivia! What a joy and privilege to have been a part of this last year! I am praying for an overflow of grace for the children and their new family, along with rest and restoration for you and your precious family!

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$20,540 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 129 people in 35 months
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Praying for you guys as you continue in this journey!

Julie Morgan
27 months ago

Absolutely beautiful, Olivia! What a joy and privilege to have been a part of this last year! I am praying for an overflow of grace for the children and their new family, along with rest and restoration for you and your precious family!

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