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February 13, 2017

How to Strengthen Your Marriage on the Fostering or Adoption Journey

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Dennis and Barbara Rainey know a thing or two about how to preserve and even strengthen a marriage while doing the hard work of caring for the world’s most vulnerable. They’ve been married over 40 years and have 6 grown children, one of whom is adopted. Additionally, they lead Family Life, a multi-faceted ministry to families. So when they shared their tips for cultivating a healthy marriage while fostering or adopting, we listened. Here are 2 points to keep in mind, as well as 4 practical suggestions– 1. Your marriage must be built to outlast your children. Whether our children are biological, fostered, or adopted, they will challenge us, and our marriage must be built to withstand the challenges. Why? If our relationship with God or our spouse suffers, it negatively impacts our marriage as well as the children we are trying to care for and love. Stepping into the foster … Continue reading

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February 8, 2017

Why “The Least of These” Matter Most

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Bible scholars have argued the identity of “the least of these” for decades. Is Matthew 25 referring to the world’s most destitute, or is it instructing believers to care for fellow Christians in need? Either way, both interpretations of “the least of these” have sufficient Biblical support in other passages. Scripture isn’t silent that it is our Christian responsibility to care for fellow believers, and as many as 2,000 verses in the Bible relate to our response to poverty. So for the purpose of this discussion, “the least of these” refers to individuals–believers or otherwise–who need our help. “The least of these” should matter most for 3 reasons– 1. How we treat “the least of these” exposes the true nature of our character. It is easy–even enjoyable–to do good things for people who can return the favor. But doing good to those for whom we will never receive basic gratitude or reciprocal kindness?–this litmus test reveals … Continue reading

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January 27, 2017

The Single Greatest Solution for Kids in Need

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Spend 5 minutes with Jedd Medefind, President for the Christian Alliance for Orphans, and you will learn one thing very quickly: Jedd is an energetic, passionate advocate for children in need. He and his team are tirelessly preparing for this year’s CAFO Summit where attendees from 30 countries are expected to attend. Recently, he agreed to sit down with Jami Kaeb, founder/director of The Forgotten Initiative, Lifesong’s ministry to the foster care community, for an interview on The Forgotten Podcast. As part of their discussion, they talked about the single greatest solution in foster care and adoption–to see the church become God’s answer for kids in need–both here in the U.S. and around the world. There is nothing more beautiful than Christians who look like Jesus–who, despite their imperfections, are seeking to love others as they have been loved … in caring for kids that the world has pushed to the side. –Jedd Medefind … Continue reading

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April 20, 2016

The Forgotten Initiative | Mission Moments

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The Forgotten Initiative Celebrates 5 Years! We invite you to celebrate with us the goodness of God as The Forgotten Initiative (TFI)–the foster care ministry of Lifesong for Orphans–celebrates 5 years of bringing joy and purpose to the foster care community around the country! In 2009, God led Jami Kaeb, a busy wife and mom, to walk into her local state foster care agency and truly see the need of the fatherless in her community. Jami knew she could not fix everything for every child, but she also knew God delights in using willing servants with empty hands. She petitioned family and friends to help, and God did incredible things. It’s not that the church doesn’t care. The church doesn’t necessarily know how to help or that this community even exists.–Jami Kaeb God used the effort of one person who wanted to impact her community and–just as He did with … Continue reading

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June 18, 2015

My First Father’s Day as a Foster Dad

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I remember the first time I saw my girls. I had butterflies in my stomach. At first it was a picture on my Iphone. Then I remember walking into the agency and I saw them through the window blinds. The youngest had long (and I mean long!) black pigtails and sat next her birth mom quietly. The oldest was energetic and busy. We met our first two foster daughters that day in March 2012. Before we met them, we talked with their birth mother. She was concerned. She knew we didn’t have kids and thought maybe we just wanted to steal hers. She was also concerned we were the sixth home the girls were going to in less than a year. Both April and I made it clear why we were foster parents. We were there to support both her and the children. April graciously let her know that we would probably … Continue reading

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June 15, 2015

4 Truths: Men and the Cause of the Fatherless

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Father’s Day affords us the opportunity to appreciate the men in our lives and reflect on their critical role in our family and church. The post below grew out of a panel discussion facilitated by Mike Hamilton, Show Hope, and joined by Jedd Medefind, CAFO; Dennis Rainey, FamilyLife; Russell Moore, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; and Ruslan Maliuta, World Without Orphans. Here are 4 truths: 1. We desperately need to engage men in the story. God often touches the hearts and lives of women first, and then it’s up to their husbands if they’re going to allow their partner in life to speak into their lives and prayerfully consider what they’re exhorting them to do.  Bottom line: Fatherless implies the absence and the need for men to get involved in orphan care. 2. We’ve got to correct the perception that orphan care is women’s work. God has called all of … Continue reading

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June 3, 2015

5 Ways Kids Can Care for Orphans

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  You and your favorite miniatures have 14 glorious weeks of summer vacation ahead of you. What will you do with it? Why not teach your children to do something with their summer that will make an eternal impact? Specifically, why not encourage your kids to care for orphans? Here are 5 ways they can help: 1. Kids can pray for the fatherless. The most fundamental thing we can teach our children to do for orphans is to pray for them. We have no greater privilege than to talk to God. By teaching our kids to pray for orphans, we establish a habit when they are young and we teach them to pray for the needs of others and not just their own. Click here to join the prayer team and receive monthly requests and praises. 2. Kids can do fun activities that benefit orphan care. Through our 30 Days of Caring … Continue reading

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