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October 13, 2011

Build a School = Skiing in Aspen?

Over three years ago, my husband and I began our journey to adopt our son from Ethiopia. And since that time, God has been filling our hearts with an overwhelming love and passion for the people of Ethiopia. We returned a year after our first adoption to bring our daughter home. After arriving home with her, we knew we had to do more! We have been so blessed to team up with other adoptive families around the U.S. and with Lifesong for Orphans. Lifesong is doing some amazing work through a small nursery school that they support in Adami Tulu, Ethioipa. You can read more about Adami Tulu here. Last year, we, with five other families, raised over $40,000 to build a new building, restroom facility, and gate at the Adami Tulu school. In August, we got to return to Ethiopia to see the new building. We had an amazing … Continue reading

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October 11, 2011

Orphan Sunday 2011

Orphan Sunday is JUST around the corner! As we talk with families and churches across the US we are thrilled to hear how God is orchestrating all kinds of events to raise awareness and advocate for the fatherless around the world! How can YOU be a part of this growing movement and give voice to the voiceless? Kim Smith at Calvary Church shares how they were involved last year, We did a prayer vigil the Friday night before Orphan Sunday followed with deserts & coffee where we had tables displayed with ways to take care of orphans & foster children . At the prayer vigil we had guest speakers for each segment: foster care, orphan care, and adoption, followed with a special prayer. We also had a special musician from our church who played adoption & orphan songs.  One of our special speakers was from Malawi, Africa who shared about his … Continue reading

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October 6, 2011

School Dedication – Lifesong Liberia

Please enjoy this update from Lifesong Liberia: (Written by Keith Knapp, Liberia Liaison to Greg Buzek, Retail ROI) “I just wanted to send a note to say how well the school is going at Marshall, Liberia.  Retail ROI‘s generous gift will change the lives of many children in Marshall. This is a community that did not have a school. Currently about 60 children are attending but many more would like to come. Kay and I were greatly blessed by the school dedication! Since this is the rainy season, we were concerned if anyone would come to the dedication but the Lord granted us the most beautiful day that I have ever experienced in Liberia. There was a cool breeze and bright sunshine, which made the day really pleasant with about 60 children and 40 adults in attendance. As I spoke to the community leaders, I encouraged them to take pride … Continue reading

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September 28, 2011

Brush to Berries-Zambia & GIVEAWAY!!

Brush to Berries from Lifesong for Orphans on Vimeo. “Simply giving this person money is treating the symptoms rather than the underlying disease and will enable him to continue with his lack of self-discipline… a better solution would be to develop a relationship that says, we are here to walk with you and to help you use your gifts and abilities to avoid being in this situation in the future‘” (An excerpt from the book, When Helping Hurts)   Lifesong is serving the people of Zambia… the orphaned, the at-risk, and the poor… by utilizing the land that is, like the people, so full of potential. Lifesong farms-Zambia reaped its first strawberry harvest in June, and local grocers have been purchasing the berries. With additional acres to farm, we are hoping to process some of the berries and begin marketing Lifesong Farms Strawberry Jam.   By harvesting fruit, we are … Continue reading

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September 20, 2011

Upcoming Events

Hello bloggy world, Here’s a few upcoming events that may catch your eye. For more events, check out the Lifesong calendar frequently!   Empowered To Connect, together with Show Hope, hosts the Empowered To Connect Conference — a two-day conference for adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals designed to help them better understand how to connect with children from hard places in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be. The next Empowered To Connect Conference will be on September 23-24, 2011, in Nashville, Tennessee at Brentwood Baptist Church. — Connecting Community Crafters for Global Good!  Crafts for a Cause is newly established initiative. The structure is simple! The booth fee, silent auction proceeds, and concessions are all donated to our sponsored cause!   —      Join us October 21-22 in Phoenix for Together for Adoption Conference 2011. Over 1,200 people will … Continue reading

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April 26, 2010
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Lifesong Interview on Catalyst

“Put your faith in action…answer God’s call to care for the fatherless” Check out Andy Lehman’s interview with Brad Lomenick from the Catalyst team as he shares how Lifesong can partner with you, your church, your family to make a difference in the life of an orphan.   Catalyst Interview   To listen to the entire podcast, click here and go to episode 94 with Jimmy Wales.  

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February 17, 2010
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How can my church become more ‘adoption-friendly’?

World Magazine article, Look After Orphans (Paul Golden, January 30, 2010), presents 20 proactive ways in which your church can answer the call to ‘look after orphans in their distress’ (James 1:27) Here are some highlights: #1–‘Pray that you and your church would become adoption-friendly’ #4–‘Make adoption resources available to the church’ #10–‘Create a standing chruch fund for adoption costs’ #16–‘Sponsor a child’ Want to know more? Read the article online or join us on our Facebook fan page as we feature these 20 ways in the next 20 days!    

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