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July 14, 2017

Adoption After Haunting Days of Doubt | Family Friday

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When we stepped into our season of adoption, we were a family of 3 with a recent experience of pregnancy loss–and hearts that had been amplified towards the fight for the unborn because of it. Adoption wasn’t a way to get a baby for our family, but a desire and hope to be used by God as an answer for another. Sounds heroic and amazing, but we’re not. He is. He’s the heart-changer and passion-giver. But when we got into the reality of infant domestic adoption, we quickly felt out of place as we were surrounded by beautiful sweet couples struggling with the painful road of infertility. They were trusting God to grow their family through adoption, and I had many moments of doubt as I feared getting in their way. I also quickly learned another reality that brought more haunting days of doubt. As we watched multiple babies be … Continue reading

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July 11, 2017

Summer Camp in 7 Exciting Photos | Ukraine Update

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Summer presents many unique opportunities here and around the world for Christians to share the Gospel with kids in need. For teams in Ukraine, this is no exception. With Constant Christian Presence (CCP) programs, multiple farm sites, and summer-specific camp ministries, the teams in Ukraine spend the hot summer months in joyful, busy service taking the love of Christ to the fatherless. Here are some recent photos from Lifesong Camp in Ukraine, where 50 children gathered in one place from orphanages in 4 different regions. The campers had a wonderful opportunity to build friendships with other kids they might otherwise never have had the opportunity to meet. And because of shared experiences and similar life stories, they were able to bond and build memories that will last a lifetime. Even more exciting? Together, they were able to learn about Jesus in a loving, Christian environment. Through daily, practical study of the Bible, these precious kids got … Continue reading

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July 7, 2017

What God Can Do with Adoption Loss | Family Friday

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Adoption is never easy. This is very much the case in our story. In January of 2016 we brought home a beautiful baby girl after spending 3 days in the hospital with her. Later that night, we got the phone call that the mother had changed her mind. We took that baby and dropped her off at a hotel … devastated and angry, with so many questions and no answers. We quickly realized what had happened was a “God thing.” It was God telling us to stop being selfish. To let Him take control. This seemed so hard, but we started going to church, became members of a church, and completely changed our lifestyle.  We grieved. After a few months of grieving, we joined with Faithful Consultants out of Atlanta, and within a few days we were matched. We started doing all we could do to fundraise. This adoption was going … Continue reading

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July 5, 2017

22 Adoption Summer Fundraising Ideas

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Brighter days and warmer weather are ideal for these adoption fundraising ideas. Use this list (or pass it along to willing friends and family asking how to help!)– To sell: Have a garage sale. Summer is garage sale season, and especially if you rally friends and family to contribute to your sale stash (think: community yard sale), you can bring in hundreds of dollars. Sell Gobena Coffee. Sell delicious, ethically sourced coffee … and keep 50% of the profits. Host a chili cook-off. Take advantage of cook-out season by enlisting friends in the community to participate in a cook-off. Sell tickets. Pair it with a silent auction or raffle. Don’t like chili? Have a bake-off! Encourage your kids (or your friends’ kids) to sell lemonade. Involve children in preparing for your adoption. Not only are kids effective salespeople, but they will also be impacted by the adoption process. Raise some dough. Host your own Krispy Kreme (or another favorite donut) … Continue reading

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July 3, 2017

Who Is the Orphan in America?

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When you hear “orphan in America,” who comes to mind? The truth may surprise you. Since the United States lacks traditional orphanages it can be easy to believe that our country is void of orphaned children (whether literal or social). Yet, in reality, the need to love and care for vulnerable children in our country is vast and growing greater all the time. Since many–if not most–of today’s orphans in the U.S. can be found in foster care, here are 3 facts to consider about children in the system: 1. 428,000 children are in foster care in the U.S. Consider this: The 4 largest football stadiums in the United States could be filled to capacity and still not hold all the children who are currently in the system. FYI: Roughly 102,000 of these children are currently eligible for adoption. 2. 8 is the average age of a child in foster care in the U.S. According to milestones established by professionals, … Continue reading

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June 28, 2017

5 (Simple) Things Every Man Can Do to Help the Fatherless

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Adoption is optional, but helping the fatherless is a Biblical mandate. Here are five things you can do to help children who don’t have a dad at home. 1. Pay attention. Who are the kids in your church who don’t have the daily, regular encouragement of a loving dad? It is rare for a church not to have kids who fall in this category. What can you and your family do to be supportive? Can you invite a child to join your family for a ballgame or trip to the zoo? Can you pray regularly for them? 2. Be intentional. Chances are, kids in need aren’t going to seek you out. You’ve got to reach out to them … and probably more than once. If you know a hard day is coming up (maybe Father’s Day or the anniversary of a death or divorce), let the child know you care. Fatherless kids often … Continue reading

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June 26, 2017

See a Family Recently Reunited! | Bolivia Update

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Sometimes loving children as Christ loves them means absorbing our own hurts in order to create less hurt for them in the long run.  Specifically, here at Fundación Esperanza–also known as Lifesong Bolivia–a key element in our work is identifying children who could possibly be reunited with a biological family member. On one hand, we love these kids and want them to stay in our care. On the other hand– We know that living in a loving family environment is always better than living in an orphanage. Recently, we’ve had the opportunity to see 2 sibling groups leave our care to be reunited with their families. And though our hearts ache for this loss of daily, regular contact with these kids whom we love, we are simultaneously thrilled that these children will know the joy of growing up with their family. Meet one family Most recently, we were involved with the reunification of 5 siblings with … Continue reading

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