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Dennis RaineyI want to encourage you to spend some time with our good friends at Lifesong. God is using this ministry to open the eyes of the church to God’s heart for orphans.
–Dennis Rainey, President, FamilyLife

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Lifesong’s Speaker Team frequently serves as guest speakers for adoption and orphan care events.

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IMG_2136Gary Ringger – President

Serving as founder and president of Lifesong for Orphans since its beginning in 2002, I am passionate about bringing joy and purpose to orphans. With my business background, I have enjoyed helping in the development of sustainable business opportunities for many of our orphan care initiatives.

Prior to Lifesong’s inception, I made a simple vow to further God’s kingdom while I was in the midst of my struggling business. God used this, with many divine encounters, to begin what is now Lifesong for Orphans. Learn more about the Lifesong Journey>> 

I’ve been married to Marla since 1977 and we are blessed to be the grandparents to 13 beautiful grandchildren (7 by adoption).

Topics: Sustainable Business and Stewardship in Business

Andy Lehman – Vice President

I have been with Lifesong for Orphans since it’s inception in 2002, serving as Vice President and orphan advocate, developing partnerships, growing church relationships, launching new initiatives, speaking & global advocacy. I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Christian Alliance for Orphans & the Orphan Sunday campaign, have been a guest on numerous Christian radio programs and have authored articles for the Focus on the Family and elsewhere.

Prior to my role at Lifesong, I served in Human Resources at State Farm Insurance. As a couple, my wife and I, also served as house-parents at Gateway Woods, a Christian children’s home for at risk youth. My lovely wife, Jill, and I are adoptive parents and have 4 children (two through adoption) – Travor, Haley, and Caleb, and Hope.

Collyde Summit 2013 – Lifesong For Orphans – Andy Lehman from Collyde on Vimeo.

Rich Metcalfe – Program Director

Since late 2010, I have served as Program Director for Lifesong for Orphans. I’ve been married to my beautiful wife Becky for more than 20 years and have 6 amazing children. Prior to joining the Lifesong team, our family served as a missionaries in England for 11 years.

I am thankful for the opportunity to connect with churches and individuals with the Father’s heart for the orphan and the need around the world. There is so much to be done, and the Lord has chosen the Church to be His vessel in meeting the need. 


Kory 4Kory Kaeb – Vice President, Operations

Serving at Lifesong as Vice President of Operations, I’m focused on stewardship, excellence, and best practice as we care for families and children. Prior to serving on staff, I worked as a physical therapist and clinical director with children with disabilities at Easter Seals. I have been involved with the ministry of Lifesong for many years as an Orphan Advocate.

My wife, Megan, and I are the parents of six children (two through adoption) — Mya, Simon, Jonah, Sean, Suhn and Zak.  

Jami KaebJami Kaeb – The Forgotten Initiative, Founder 

I would describe myself as a dreamer and a coffee lover!  I am married to Clint and together we have six kids (4 through adoption).  After having 2 daughters and adopting our son from Guatemala, we pursued a domestic adoption where God took us on a journey we didn’t expect.  Through a difficult season of waiting, our eyes were opened to the foster care community.  We became foster parents to three siblings who we eventually adopted and in April of 2011, with Clint’s support and encouragement, I founded The Forgotten Initiative.  Life is a great adventure with Jesus and I desire simply to know Him more and share His love with those who feel forgotten.

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Want Lifesong for Orphans to speak at your church or event?

If your church or group is interested in having someone from Lifesong for Orphans present a compelling case and vision for gospel-centered orphan care and adoption, please contact us and/or complete the Speaker Request below. Topics Frequently Spoken On:

Loving Orphans 2Loving Orphans in Every Season of Life: 
No matter your age, financial position, or season of life – you CAN be an orphan advocate!  See very different examples of real-life every day people who do incredible things to love orphans! You will take away examples that you can begin doing immediately. 

 

Innovative SolutionsInnovative Adoption Funding Solutions & How the Church Can Respond:
This work shop will equip churches and families to overcome one of the biggest barriers to adoption:  money.   Learn creative solutions to the funding hurdles, both big and small.  Explore specific examples and “case studies” of God’s provision through churches and individuals to meet the financial needs of adoption.

 

dollars and cents

More than Just Dollars and Cents – Adoption Funding 101:
Equipping families & churches on how to overcome one of the biggest barriers in adoption:  money.   Making sense of the cost of adoption as well as creatively bringing solutions to the funding hurdles.  In addition, this session will highlight some incredible stories of God’s blessing and provision in response to the financial challenge of adoption.

 

cultivating indigenous adoption

Cultivating Indigenous Adoption — Relatively Untapped Solution in the Orphan Crisis:
A unique blending of “orphan care + adoption”.  A case-study and example of how to effectively create indigenous adoption (Ukrainian children being adopted by Ukrainian Christian parents, etc).  What works and what doesn’t work. You will see the key ingredients/concepts, and how your church orphan ministry/advocate team can stimulate indigenous adoption globally.  

Brush to Berries

Brush-to-Berries — Creating Sustainable Business to Help Orphans:
Several examples of how your church orphan ministry can help create agricultural business, to ultimately help orphans. Creating jobs and self-worth for orphans caregivers, future employment for orphans as they get older, sustainable business to help fund on-going orphan care, etc. Learn how to build a team of advocates who will lend skills & expertise who can share experiences of past successes & pitfalls, sample leadership, ownership, management & profit structure to ensure primary goal of serving orphans, etc. You can take these concepts and build upon them in your current orphan care initiatives. 

Successful Transitions

Successful Life Transitions for Older Orphans:
As older orphans age out from systems of care around the world, the outcomes are heartbreaking: homelessness, prostitution, substance abuse, crime and incarceration await many who lack adequate support networks.  We will share ideas and best practices in holistic life transition programs for older orphans including: Christ-centered spiritual care and mentoring, transitional housing, life skills preparation, vocational skills training, creating businesses & micro-loans, and more. Review case studies of actual orphans who’ve successfully transitioned – illustrating “key” aspects in each of their lives that significantly contributed to successful transition, so audience can replicate similar ideas. 

The forgotten in our communityThe Forgotten in our Community
Agencies workers, foster parents, vulnerable adults and children affected by foster care often feel alone, misunderstood and forgotten.  The good news is that you and your church can make a tangible difference in the lives of the hurting right in your own community.  In this workshop you will learn how you and your church can serve, mentor, and support those in the foster care community.  Together we can show Jesus to those who feel forgotten!

Adoption and Foster Care Support Workshop for MomsAdoption/Foster Care Support Workshop – For Moms
The journey of motherhood is not easy no matter how you slice it but there are some very real and unique challenges when you become “mom” through adoption or foster care.  In this workshop, you will hear the realities of how adoption and foster care affects the entire family and strategies for finding rest in the middle of the mess. Prepare to get real and hear the good, the bad, & the ugly and walk away inspired to draw closer to God who will equip you to complete the work He has called you to do.

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Individuals from the team at Lifesong for Orphans frequently serve as Guest Speakers, and are available to speak in various venues (adoption/orphan care conferences, church services, seminars, Gala events, etc.) If you are interested in requesting a speaking engagement, please complete our online form below and we will respond shortly.

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