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August 4, 2017

7 Easy Ways to Educate Your Church About Adoption

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It is often said that adoption takes a village, and it does! But specifically–Biblically–it takes the Church. If you are looking to expand your Church family’s knowledge of or involvement with adoption, here are 7 ways to do so– 1. Welcome the questions. Anyone who has or was adopted knows adoption attracts questions and comments of all kinds. If we want the Church to care more about adoption, we should do everything in our power to welcome the questions, regardless of what they are–because it indicates a desire to learn and it creates a context for conversation. Note: This doesn’t mean we need to share things that are too personal (or that make us or our children feel uncomfortable), but we should creatively answer questions in a way that welcomes dialogue and educates the person who is asking. 2. Celebrate Orphan Sunday. On Sunday, November 12, 2017, thousands of events will happen across America and around the globe, all … Continue reading

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August 2, 2017

How to Talk About Adoption at School

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The back-to-school mania has begun, and for some of us, we have an extra item on our to-do list: decide what to say (or not to say) to the school about our child’s adoption. To be clear, just because our child was adopted doesn’t mean we owe that information to the teacher or school. It isn’t a requirement. In many cases, a child may want to keep that information private, and that is understandable. In other situations, a child’s delays, sensitivities, medical needs, or learning styles may necessitate a conversation with the teacher. Here are 3 things to keep in mind. 1. Some details should be kept private. No doubt, whatever we choose to tell a teacher or school employee will be because we want empathy and understanding for our child. That said, we do not need to share all the details of our child’s past. If our child was conceived as a result of rape, … Continue reading

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July 31, 2017

See What God Is Doing for Our Students in Liberia!

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God has been doing big things for students and families in Liberia! The end of the academic year signals a break in classes and homework, and–for many of our kids–a milestone reached.  Last month, Lifesong Liberia had more graduates than ever from kindergarten, sixth, and ninth grades, and our second high school graduate. We are excited by this growth and are so proud of these students. They have worked hard, and we are thankful they have the opportunity to attend school! In Liberia, receiving an education is a privilege, especially for girls. Statistically, only 4 out of every 10 Liberian girls attend school, and the rate declines sharply in the upper levels.  . The children and young adults who live at our homes are growing in their passion for education and learning. As they mature, they can articulate their hopes and dreams for the future. It is wonderful to be able to help our kids set goals … Continue reading

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July 28, 2017

Movie Night: 5 More Films About Adoption or Foster Care

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So the weekend has arrived and you want to watch a movie. Why not watch one that is family friendly and starts a conversation about adoption or foster care? After our first post featuring 5 Films About Adoption or Foster Care, you–our Lifesong audience–responded with your own creative recommendations. Here are 5– 1. Meet the Robinsons Twelve-year-old Lewis loves to invent things, and he never gives up on his many creative ideas. Oh … and he lives in an orphanage. Specifically, he’s had 124 interviews with potential parents, and he’s ready to give up on the idea of being adopted. (What kid wouldn’t be?) Thanks to the help of a mysterious stranger, Lewis is invited to travel 20 years into his future where he meets the loving family that will be his. Armed with this hope, he returns to the present time period and presses on. This cute, family-friendly movie will raise good discussion points … Continue reading

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July 24, 2017

Big Reasons to Celebrate in Ethiopia!

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Lifesong School in Ethiopia recently ended for the summer, and that means one thing: Celebration! First, the annual preschool/kindergarten graduation ceremony brimmed with hope as a new class accepted their diplomas. These students represent the future of Ethiopia as well as Lifesong School. We rejoice to see what each child’s future holds.  Second, in addition to the annual kindergarten/preschool graduation ceremony, students in every grade celebrated the end to another excellent year. The kids did very well on their exams–receiving some of the highest scores in the city as compared to fellow schools. These students are dedicated, and they have taken a deep interest in their studies.    A final reason to celebrate! We are grateful to faithful sponsors whose monthly support provides the students with two daily meals and a quality education. For many students, this sponsorship is the difference between a bright future or no future at all. Good news: ALL of the students … Continue reading

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July 21, 2017

Here’s the Best Thing about Foster Care | Family Friday

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Adoption Day was such a milestone for our family. What people may not realize is that as foster families and for us in particular, we had been her foster family for 819 days. That is 819 days of court visits, social worker calls, impromptu social worker visits, daily logs to fill out, endless amounts of paper work, and the list goes on and on. So for us, adoption day meant the culmination of so many things–it wasn’t just us adopting our daughter, but it also meant we could finally take a breath. We became foster parents because God prompted us through a sermon series at our church called “Outlive Your Life.” We became licensed and got our first placement, a 12-year-old boy in 2013. He was reunified and we then said “yes” to other placements. Eventually, we said yes to a 5-month-old girl in the early part of 2014. Her adoption … Continue reading

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July 18, 2017

Meet Charity: Future World Changer

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  Charity could never have guessed all that God had planned for her life when she first began attending Lifesong School in Garneton, Zambia. Though she was just a little girl in primary school, she was already well-acquainted with heartache and struggle. Her dad lost his job, for instance, and he could no longer provide for the family. Additionally, she had to move out of her parents’ home and live with her sister who was already a busy wife and mom. Despite the best efforts of a family who loved each other, life wasn’t easy and daily needs went unmet. Charity heard about a school in Garneton with a reputation for offering a good education and she wanted to attend. She hoped Lifesong School might be the ticket she needed to pursue a brighter future. So she applied, was accepted, and willingly walked the hour and a half each way to attend classes. When she arrived–without shoes, books, or … Continue reading

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