Once, when a group of Augusta State University music majors decided to study abroad, they played a concert that raised money to offset the cost of their trip.
On Dec. 4, they’ll gather again for a performance featuring Christmas songs and hymns.
This time, however, the concert benefits an Augusta couple in the process of adopting their first child.
It’s called Unto Us A Child Is Adopted. The performance at Columbia County Christian Church comes on the heels of National Adoption Month, held in November.
Rachel and Stephen Greene met at the church seven years ago, and both sing in its choir. They married in Augusta in 2008.
“Even before we were married, we were praying about this,” Rachel said. “We knew we couldn’t have children without medical intervention. We felt God didn’t want us to go that road, and so we began to look into adoption.”
The Greenes are working with Bethany Christian Services, which opened a satellite office in Augusta this summer.
Adopting a newborn could cost upwards of $20,000.
The Greenes will also apply for grants to offset the cost of adoption, but when family and church friends suggested the concert, they decided to go for it in hopes that the performance might raise awareness about adoption as well.
Tammy Hollingsworth, regional adoption specialist with Bethany, will offer information, and the Greenes will share a bit about why they want to adopt at the concert.
“Two of Stephen’s sisters were adopted. This is definitely an issue that’s always been on our hearts and minds,” Rachel said.
“Even if we could have kids, we would probably still adopt.”
Rachel, 24, teaches dance at Kane & Co. Dance Productions in Evans, while Stephen, 29, works at Moon Glass Co. in Augusta.
In the meantime, as the couple completes paperwork and the home study process required for adoption, they’re praying for patience and wisdom.
“We believe God wants us to have the courage to step out,” Stephen said. “It’s something we didn’t want to be afraid to take on.”
Rachel describes adoption as “an earthly picture of the Gospel.
“We believe it’s what God did for us in adopting us as children,” she said.
From that perspective, the Greenes say they’re not concerned about the cost.
“God paid the price through his son for me,” Rachel said. “That’s a lot greater cost than any dollar amount we’re facing.”