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April 26, 2017

Life Touching Life: How to Create a Culture of Commitment

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The statistics are sobering. 75% of foster parents no longer foster after their first placement, and as many as 1 out of 4 adoptions dissolve or disrupt. Fostering and adopting is hard work, plain and simply. But our relational God made us to be relational, and created a way for families to be encouraged while doing the hard, daily work of loving the fatherless and vulnerable. His solution?–the Church. When a church family wholeheartedly commits to its fostering and adoptive families for the long haul, children are best positioned to succeed. But it often begins with an organized, committed adoption/foster care ministry within the church. Here are 3 specific guidelines for creating a culture of commitment in your adoption/foster care ministry– 1. Connect. Foster and adoptive parents cannot thrive in isolation. Goal: Create an environment where families feel connected–connected to the adoption/foster care ministry, yes, but more importantly, connected to each other. The only thing that grows well in the dark … Continue reading

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April 24, 2017

Grief and Grace | Liberia Update

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Grace is a girl who lives up to her name. Though she has experienced trauma, loss, grief, and great uncertainty in her young life, her eyes are filled with light and her smile is radiant. She has grown into a lovely young woman with hopes and dreams. She lives in God’s promise to be near to the brokenhearted. Her father, who was a pastor, contracted the Ebola virus while ministering to others who were sick. He passed away after four days in the treatment center. After that, Grace and her young sister were not allowed to interact with anyone in the community. They were truly desolate when the Lifesong team reached out to them. They know what it is to grieve and mourn, to have to adjust to new everything. The heartbreak was overwhelming at times. These days, there is a new spirit about Grace. She was our first high … Continue reading

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April 21, 2017

From God, For God | Watch a Family’s Adoption Video

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Our thanks to Ben & Amanda for sharing this video! My name is Amanda. I was 11 years old when God put the call on my heart to adopt. When a high school mentor spoke to our fifth grade class about her goals, including adopting a child, I was convinced. This new idea of adoption instantly became my passion–a passion I’ve carried in my heart for years. When my husband, Ben, and I began the process of adopting our child, my parents sent us two gifts–a teddy bear and a stuffed giraffe. We did not know if we would be welcoming a boy or a girl, or where in the age spectrum of zero to three years our child would fall. For years we underwent home studies and gathered official documents. But in case I ever needed a reminder of what all this work was for, I had the teddy … Continue reading

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April 19, 2017

We Needed Our Church | Mission Moment

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  Andy and Abby Huette know first-hand the powerful impact of being loved and supported by their church family during and after an adoption. In 2008 the couple joined a short-term mission team to Lifesong School in Zambia where God broke their hearts for the orphan. Leaving the children of Zambia to return home was hard, and Andy and Abby felt confident they would someday pursue adoption. How It All Began Abby was ready to start the adoption process when their only child was 9 months old. And while Andy–a pastor–felt it was critically important to lead his church family by example to love the fatherless, he thought maybe adoption was something they should pursue later–when they didn’t already have a new baby in the home. But God had different plans. While sitting at a McDonald’s one morning, Andy began reading in Deuteronomy while listening to music through his earbuds. He arrived at Deuteronomy 6:6-7: And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall … Continue reading

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April 14, 2017

How Easter Changes Everything About YOUR Story

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It’s one of the great mysteries of Christianity in Western culture–that we devote months to Christmas and only a weekend (at most!) to Easter. When we read the account of Christ’s death–arguably the most horrific event in human history–we hear Him weep in Gethsemane, watch Him suffer in Roman custody, follow Him on His excruciating trip to Golgotha, witness His unfaltering commitment as He is brutally nailed to the Cross, listen as He forgives the thief beside Him, and see Him ultimately die for our sins in the greatest act of compassion ever shown to humanity. We can’t wait–for His sake and for ours–to get to the resurrection morning. We want to see Christ victorious. But–if we’re honest–this year, the whole weekend could be here and gone without us stopping to ponder what it truly means for our story–how the action of Jesus to die and then conquer death actually motivates us to do anything and everything good … Continue reading

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April 12, 2017

Hope on the Horizon: Remembering Dr. Karyn Purvis

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1 year ago today, Dr. Karyn Purvis–internationally renowned child development expert, popular speaker, author, and passionate advocate for vulnerable children–went to be with the Lord. On August 20, 2014, several of foster care’s leading thinkers met in Oklahoma City to share ideas that are making a difference. Dr. Karyn Purvis–with her trademark compassion and her hair cut short from the effects of cancer–shared many thoughts with the group. Here are a few highlights– God has a plan. We serve a God of extravagant love. It’s the God of extravagant love that we see in the Gospels when parents bring their children to Jesus. He scoops them up in His arms and He holds them and He blesses them. And He gives them all that He is. That’s extravagant love. This God that we serve also has an extravagant plan. And even when we don’t think the plan worked, there’s still a plan. This is the God … Continue reading

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April 10, 2017

Come Be Part of the Mission in Haiti!

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You are invited to stay and work with our team in the new Guest House in Bercy, Haiti! We are excited to announce that the new Guest House is available to welcome church groups this summer. Come be part of what God is doing in Haiti!   View a Sample Itinerary The goal of Lifesong Open Arms Haiti is to care for the physical, spiritual, educational, and future employment needs of nearly 300 orphaned and vulnerable children, raising leaders of faith who will impact the nation of Haiti. Additionally, Lifesong Open Arms Haiti joyfully employs indigenous workers in their self-sustaining business initiatives. With the Guest House now open and ready for teams to come and stay, you can see Lifesong Open Arms for yourself and participate in ministry opportunities such as– feeding program kids club soccer program movie night with community evangelism home visits prayer walking in the community   Accommodations for the newly open Guest … Continue reading

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