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April 5, 2017

How to Breathe Life into Your Church Adoption Culture

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Adoptive families crave authentic, supportive community, and there should be no better place to find it than in the local church. Plain and simply, when families step into foster care and adoption, they enter the pain and suffering of another human being. In doing so, they often become the brokenhearted. In taking on the burdens once belonging solely to the child in their care, parents become the weary, discouraged, and overwhelmed in need of a timely word or helping hand. The church, by its very definition, exists for hurting people and should be the safest place for families to find the hope that exists in Christ. Here are 3 ways to breathe life into your church’s adoption culture– 1. Encourage truth. The “How are you? —Fine” scenario is cliche in our culture, but it shouldn’t be the pattern in our church family. As foster/adoptive parents bring wounded children into the church assembly–some of whom … Continue reading

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March 22, 2017

The Gobena Story | Mission Moment

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What skill or ability can YOU use to make a difference in the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children? Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, a business owner, or a pastor (or anything in between!) you have been uniquely gifted by God to serve the fatherless and vulnerable in some way. How can we be certain of this? James 1:27 tells us that religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father includes visiting orphans. And Scripture will never tell us to do something without equipping us to obey. What unique gift can YOU use to make a difference in the lives of children in need?   Meet Gobena and Mulunesh When 70-year-old Gobena and his wife, Mulunesh, found an abandoned infant under a false banana tree in Ethiopia, the couple knew they had to help. “Because she is God’s soul,” Gobena would later explain. Carefully, they took the baby back to their home and … Continue reading

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March 6, 2017

A Plea for Prayer in Ukraine

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The older children become, the harder it can be to maintain their interest in Christian camps and discipleship programs. This is not abnormal, but it is a challenge the team in Ukraine faces daily as they seek to take the Gospel to kids in need. Bogdan, one of the faithful team leaders writes– In a time of social networks and Internet, kids are tempted to lose a sense of reality and any interest to pursue real communication. But we stand in faith and trust our mighty God Who changes lives of orphans no matter what! Using tools like cooking classes, camps, soccer, and crafts, the team goes into the Zap and Lubotin orphanages to build mentoring relationships with kids who want to know more about Christ. As the kids grow into young adults, we invite them to join Lifesong Ukraine’s Transition Program. Here, they receive support and accountability to transition into adult life successfully. These … Continue reading

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February 22, 2017

How to Avoid Compassion Fatigue

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Poverty. Refugee crisis. Foster care. Homelessness. Natural disasters. Orphan care. Sex trafficking … The scope of today’s personal and political crises is unprecedented. Everywhere we look, someone is hurting. Every time we turn on the T.V. we are bombarded with stories and images of people around the world who are experiencing deep suffering. The paralyzing problem of too many needs 21.3 Million Refugees (over half of whom are under 18) 143 Million Orphans 428,000 Foster Kids The numbers alone are daunting. Is it even possible to wrap our finite minds around a number like 143 million? So we take foster care classes, bring broken children into our lives, and invite hurting families into our homes. We take meals to the suffering and pray through the lists. And when we learn of a new need or crisis, we jump to get involved. We should care about these needs. God has commanded us to take the … Continue reading

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February 15, 2017

Wanted: More People to Help Kids Like Davison

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For children sponsored in Zambia, attending school is a privilege, not a burden. In poverty-stricken communities like Kitwe, children are often left to fend for themselves while parents desperately search for ways to feed and care for the family. Without proper motivation, many children end up dropping out of school, leaving little to no hope of breaking the poverty cycle. “The compound”–as it is called by people in the community–can be a place of violence, crime, or abuse, certainly not a good environment for students to thrive in their education or grow in their relationship with Christ. With your help, Lifesong Zambia established a school almost a decade ago for the purpose of providing over 300 orphaned and vulnerable children with a quality Christian education. Additionally–through the vision and funding of people like you–Student Life Homes were constructed to serve as a safe haven for older students who lived in the compound. For many kids, sponsorship to Lifesong School is … Continue reading

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February 6, 2017

What Do Valentine’s Day and Christmas Have in Common? | Cambodia Update

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Holidays allow us to celebrate, but also to redeem opportunities for sharing God’s love and making new connections. In countries like Cambodia where many people do not yet know about Christmas, believers take the opportunity to celebrate Jesus’ birth long into the new year. In Bangpli, Thailand, for instance, Pastor Vino and his church people are still taking full advantage of using gift boxes filled with school supplies, hygiene products, and tiny toys to develop new connections with children and families in need. For Pastor Vino, the Christmas holiday is a tool to share the love of Jesus with those who still need it. HELP A CHILD IN NEED The good news? Children of migrant workers from previously unreached construction sites are now joining the learning center at the church, and whole families are coming to evening worship services to hear more about the love of Christ that has captured the heart of Pastor … Continue reading

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February 1, 2017

Love One: A Month Long Challenge to Love Orphans

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February is the month for love. And since love is action, we have an idea. (We need YOUR help!) With the number of orphans worldwide totaling in the millions, it’s hard to imagine that any one person could make a dent in the need. But here’s the truth: If each of us committed to love one child in need, the impact would be enormous. “Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” –Andy Stanley The good news? It’s easier to change a life than you might think. For instance, every child sponsored through Lifesong receives food, clothing, medical care, and shelter. Additionally, each child is known and loved by teachers and mentors who provide strong Christian training and a quality education to break the cycle of poverty while being cared for in a safe and nurturing environment. For an orphan overseas, this commitment can be the difference between life and death, bondage or … Continue reading

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