One of the most heartbreaking things in the world is children without a permanent home. Growing up with forever parents is a given for most, but there are thousands of children all over the world who don’t have anyone to tuck them in at night or even feed them. There is a growing need for people who would like to adopt, and Rebecca Oberly and her husband Josh are two of those people. Rebecca had three children by birth already, and in 2010, she and Josh decided they wanted to adopt their fourth child. But the adoption process is not simple or inexpensive, and they wondered how they would pay for all of the paperwork and traveling the process entails. “That’s when I decided I would focus on growing my Rodan + Fields® business, and I had faith that the funds we needed would come to fruition.”
Rebecca had become an Independent Consultant for Rodan + Fields earlier in 2010, and at the time, her goal was to earn enough to pay a few bills, or buy groceries for her growing family. She liked that the business opportunity allowed her the flexibility to work from home and be with her children, which is very important to her as a mother. She was surprised when what she started as a small side venture became much more than she originally hoped for. “I never thought I would become an entrepreneur, and certainly not in skincare sales. But when I realized how this business could enable me to help others, I saw it was much bigger than I had imagined.” When she and Josh completed all of the paperwork and traveled to Ethiopia to bring home their daughter, Rebecca’s Rodan + Fields business made it possible for them to adopt without going into debt. “It is rare to be able to adopt a child without extensive financial burden, and the fact that we were able to do this without acquiring debt was incredible. We are both very fortunate for that.”
While adopting their daughter that year was a joyous event, Rebecca and Josh returned home from that trip to Ethiopia, unable to stop thinking about a brother and sister they had met during their trip. They decided to pursue their adoption. Although The Oberlys would have brought these children home with or without the funds, the funds were there for them, and Rebecca’s earnings from her Rodan + Fields business allowed them to once again make the long journey toward legal adoption. This November, they will be bringing home a ten-year-old and a fourteen-year-old, and they are very eager to have them home for the holidays. The process has been expensive, with all of the costs that come with raising a family, like clothes and school, and the opportunities and experiences they want to provide. “I am so grateful that we have the freedom to go to the store and buy them what they need to set up bedroom and fill closets, and that we don’t worry abouthow we’re going to support them. Those needs are taken care of.”
Rebecca and Josh have been generous with their finances, but money is not the sole means behind their continued ability to help other families, or to bring children into their home. “I see our bank account as a funnel that is used to benefit others. Everything we have comes from God, and whether we have a lot or a little, we are compelled by His example to give generously of the gifts of time and treasure He has blessed us with.” She continues to grow her Rodan + Fields business with the hope that she will always be a part of helping change people’s lives for the better. With so many people struggling in the world, it is comforting to know there are people out there who care, are willing to share what they can, and make it a priority in life to do so.
“A lot of people talk about why they started their Rodan + Fields business. I want people to know that my reason why is not so that I can adopt children internationally, or even at all. My reason is that this opportunity has been placed in front of me, and it is my job and my husband’s job to do our best to use these resources in ways that benefit others. Whether it’s in our community, or through adoption, or any other need, we don’t want to waste any opportunity to give.”
*This story was originally posted on the Rodan + Fields Redefine blog.
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