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August 25, 2017

Thoughts from a Reluctant Mom | Family Friday

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My husband always wanted to adopt, but I was a little more reluctant. I don’t really think of myself as a kid person, and I was worried about loving and bonding with a child that wasn’t biologically mine. Fast-forward 9 years of marriage and 3 biological kids. We were “done,” but God wasn’t done with us. He began leading our hearts toward adoption, which was easy for my husband, Conner, but quite the task for me. I fought it every step of the way but finally could no longer deny the pull toward adopting and completing our family. It took us nearly 9 months from start to finish. In February 2016, our son John was placed into our arms. The process was hard and filled with emotional ups and downs, but it grew me and prepared me for the moment I became Mom to John. God in His kindness and provision prepared the way, … Continue reading

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August 23, 2017

5 Verses Every Adopting Family Should Learn

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The family who adopts a child (or children) is embarking on a big journey and needs big encouragement. Thankfully, we have a big God Who has given us His Word, sufficient for every aspect of adoption. Here are 5 verses every adopting family should learn. All 5 of these verses or passages apply to any stage of adoption in which you find yourself–from praying about adopting, to waiting for the referral, to raising the necessary funds, to bringing the child home, and to parenting the child. God’s Word is sufficient for every need. 1. Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him Who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. 2. Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I … Continue reading

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August 21, 2017

This Little Girl Needs Your Help | Bolivia Update

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Yasil came to live at Lifesong Bolivia on October 22, 2013, after being abandoned at the child welfare office. Upon arrival, it was evident that she had suffered a great deal in her short life. Staff and volunteers poured their time and love into this little girl, confident that God had a specific purpose for her life and for bringing her to Fundación Esperanza. And you know what?–God began answering the prayers of His people in magnificent ways. Soon, Yasil began to improve by leaps and bounds. She began smiling, laughing, and learning to walk and eat with a spoon. And this was just the beginning.   Unfortunately, in April 2016, Yasil was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure. At doctors’ orders, she immediately began receiving dialysis 3 times a week, and after 16 months of treatment, she received a much-needed kidney transplant last week. Praise God, the surgery went well, and the doctors … Continue reading

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August 15, 2017

The Power of a Church Adoption Fund

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Several years ago, Julie James was shaken to her core by the reality that many would-be, should-be adoptive parents are unable to bring children home because of 1 obstacle: finances. In her opinion, finances should never stand in the way of families doing what God has called them to do. After reading a blog post written by a family who desperately wanted to adopt but could not, due to finances, Julie typed four words into an e-mail and sent them to her best friend in the middle of the night. The words: THIS IS NOT OK. And the seed was planted in her heart to do something–to give families she knew and loved a tangible way to bridge the gap of adoption financing and bring their children home. In her words– “My faith in the fact that God does provide was solid. He owns it all. It wasn’t a matter of IF God was … Continue reading

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August 11, 2017

How to Teach Your Kids to Care for the Fatherless

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If we truly believe everybody can do something to care for orphans, this means even our children have something to contribute. But, like most important life lessons, our kids must be taught that caring for the fatherless is an important task and that they have an important role. Here are 3 ways we can teach our sons and daughters to care about orphans and vulnerable children– 1. Study the Bible together. The most powerful words on the subject of caring for people in need are God’s words. It is always most impactful to allow God’s Word to speak for itself. So we should take our children to the Bible–together–to see what it has to say about the fatherless and our responsibility to care for the poor and needy among us. Here are 5 places to start: Psalm 140:12, Proverbs 14:31, Isaiah 1:17, Proverbs 19:17, Jeremiah 5:28. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and … Continue reading

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August 9, 2017

How Your School Can Reach Orphaned & Vulnerable Children

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School is a good place to learn life-changing principles and ideas. So why not use the school year to educate students on the needs of peers around the world–specifically orphaned and vulnerable children? With a little time and effort, schools can make a tremendous impact on the lives of children in need. Here are some ideas to encourage students to learn and care about the world’s orphans. Don’t be intimidated by the size or scope of the need. Focus on one thing you can do to help one child, one orphanage, or one school. God has an incredible track record of multiplying human effort to accomplish His big, eternal purposes. (Look for a great example of this at the end of the post!) As a school or even as a class, you can: Adopt a school overseas. Support the education, discipleship, and nutrition for children in need at a school overseas. (Learn more here.) Adopt an orphanage overseas. Partner with an … Continue reading

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August 7, 2017

Battle of the Chefs: Cambodia Update and Opportunity

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God continues to do big things for the children of Cambodia and Thailand, and we are blessed to have a front row seat to His work.  Specifically, 40 Cambodian and Burmese children now gather daily at the Construction of Hope Project in Bangpli, Thailand, to receive education, skills training, and discipleship. With the recent start-up of several new and exciting programs, this summer has produced a vibrant display of their unique talents and abilities. The recently-developed cooking class, for example, has not only produced many tasty treats, but it has also revealed the culinary and leadership potential in Chris, Amy, and Joseph. . As the oldest students in the program, these three young people each lead a team of mini-chefs that go head-to-head each week to see who can produce the most delicious dish. Not only does this encourage team spirit and fun competition amongst peers, but it builds relationships … Continue reading

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