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August 15, 2017

The Power of a Church Adoption Fund

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Several years ago, Julie James was shaken to her core by the reality that many would-be, should-be adoptive parents are unable to bring children home because of 1 obstacle: finances. In her opinion, finances should never stand in the way of families doing what God has called them to do. After reading a blog post written by a family who desperately wanted to adopt but could not, due to finances, Julie typed four words into an e-mail and sent them to her best friend in the middle of the night. The words: THIS IS NOT OK. And the seed was planted in her heart to do something–to give families she knew and loved a tangible way to bridge the gap of adoption financing and bring their children home. In her words– “My faith in the fact that God does provide was solid. He owns it all. It wasn’t a matter of IF God was … Continue reading

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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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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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May 31, 2017

15 Ways to Be a Foster Care Friendly Church

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Foster kids need the church. Foster families need the church. At the close of National Foster Care Month, here are 15 ways to be a foster care friendly church– Teach Educate, educate, educate. Host informational meetings for would-be foster parents, but also for members of the church family who simply want to learn more about foster care. Add foster care discussion to existing (paid/volunteer) staff training. Many children who come from hard places have unique challenges and behaviors that require extra love and patience from those in authority. Host foster care licensing opportunities on campus. Open these classes to church families and members of the community. Not only is this decision helpful to the local foster care agency, but it sends a clear signal to foster families that your church will support their efforts to foster. Provide Organize meal trains for new placements. If your church family provides meals to new moms, be sure to include foster parents … 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 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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February 8, 2017

Why “The Least of These” Matter Most

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Bible scholars have argued the identity of “the least of these” for decades. Is Matthew 25 referring to the world’s most destitute, or is it instructing believers to care for fellow Christians in need? Either way, both interpretations of “the least of these” have sufficient Biblical support in other passages. Scripture isn’t silent that it is our Christian responsibility to care for fellow believers, and as many as 2,000 verses in the Bible relate to our response to poverty. So for the purpose of this discussion, “the least of these” refers to individuals–believers or otherwise–who need our help. “The least of these” should matter most for 3 reasons– 1. How we treat “the least of these” exposes the true nature of our character. It is easy–even enjoyable–to do good things for people who can return the favor. But doing good to those for whom we will never receive basic gratitude or reciprocal kindness?–this litmus test reveals … Continue reading

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