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May 19, 2017

God Works in the Waiting Room | Family Friday

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I love adoption. It’s beautiful … messy … hard. It’s the big stuff — hope, joy, grief, love, sacrifice — wrapped up in one. Adoption makes a world of difference to a child in need. It builds families. It’s an example of God’s handiwork. And being part of anything God does is just, well, awesome. When my husband and I brought two toddlers home from Russia in 2005, I knew I wanted to adopt again. So many children without families. I couldn’t take it. And I love kids, so why not parent one more? My heart ached. “Just one more Lord. Please. I’m willing. I want to go. Please Lord. Send us again. Send us back to Russia. Please say yes.” But, for ten years, God didn’t say yes. He actually said no. Big noes. Like slam the doors shut, and throw away the keys kinds of noes– a job loss … Continue reading

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May 5, 2017

Why Adoption is Supposed to be Hard

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My wife and I have been home from China with Jeremiah for 6 weeks, and when people ask me how we’re all doing I usually say … “We’re alive, and that’s our only goal right now, so good I think.” We could safely say that this has been the most stretching and overwhelming two months of our lives, and tears have been plentiful in the Clements household. Kristi and I have always been staggered by how clearly adoption is a picture of the gospel. It’s no accident that Paul uses the imagery of adoption multiple times to describe what God did for us–that we were spiritual orphans, completely hopeless and as good as dead–and God adopted us into His family through the costly blood of His Son. He chose to take on immense suffering on our behalf, so that we could be reconciled to Him. So when we were dating, engaged and first married, … Continue reading

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April 28, 2017

3 Reasons to Seek Adoption Funding | Family Friday

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Brad and I knew that God’s journey for us was Chinese adoption, but like so many adopting families, we weren’t exactly sure how we were going to pay for the adoption process. We are an ordinary family, we are not wealthy and do not come from money. Specifically, I (Leslie) am typically the worrier of the two, but for some reason I was not worried about affording this very expensive adoption. I just knew that if this was God’s plan for our family, he would provide. I searched many avenues to raise money for our adoption when I came across Lifesong. I completed the application, we met with a pastor from church to write a recommendation on our behalf, and we just prayed. We were ecstatic when we received the email confirming a matching grant for us! We nervously sent out letters to all of our family members, friends, and … Continue reading

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April 21, 2017

From God, For God | Watch a Family’s Adoption Video

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Our thanks to Ben & Amanda for sharing this video! My name is Amanda. I was 11 years old when God put the call on my heart to adopt. When a high school mentor spoke to our fifth grade class about her goals, including adopting a child, I was convinced. This new idea of adoption instantly became my passion–a passion I’ve carried in my heart for years. When my husband, Ben, and I began the process of adopting our child, my parents sent us two gifts–a teddy bear and a stuffed giraffe. We did not know if we would be welcoming a boy or a girl, or where in the age spectrum of zero to three years our child would fall. For years we underwent home studies and gathered official documents. But in case I ever needed a reminder of what all this work was for, I had the teddy … Continue reading

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April 7, 2017

Why One Couple Chose to Adopt a Child with Special Needs

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Dear Lifesong, “Conlan, come hooooome!” our 4-year-old son, Lachlan, cried out for months. And now, he is. Conlan made us into a family of four in April 2016 and we are so thankful for the Lord’s provision in our journey to and through adoption. Lachlan was actually one of the catalysts in our pursuit of special needs adoption. Born with a rare brain malformation and muscular dystrophy, his intrinsic value, no matter how long his list of diagnoses grows, is God-breathed, and we are joyful and thankful for his life. We wanted to be family for another child whose needs might be considered daunting, knowing that it’s not by our own strength that we forge through uncharted seas. And while we know the real journey has only begun, we are so grateful that Conlan is finally home. He’s a nurturing, silly, observant 3-year-old who fits so well with our family. … Continue reading

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March 31, 2017

The Impact of an Unexpected Meeting

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God’s hand was all over our journey to Hezekiah. I can barely contain the tears of gratefulness when I reflect on any part of it. When my husband and I became aware of this particular situation involving special needs, we had that peace that surpasses understanding. It wasn’t that we didn’t see or understand all of the potential medical problems or developmental challenges; we saw those, but– God’s grace was sufficient in our weakness, just as He promised it would be. When we looked at the $35,000 agency fee and knew we didn’t have enough money, we trusted that God would either provide us the miraculous outpouring of funds or He would give us the self-discipline and wisdom to pay off the debt. An Unexpected Meeting The day we found out his mother wanted us to be his forever family we sent an email to all of our family and friends … Continue reading

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March 17, 2017

What Is the Limit to God’s Provision?

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My name is Christy. Growing up, my family went to the annual fundraiser for a local children’s home, which made me aware of the great need of children without families. Adoption was something God placed on my heart from an early age and continued to remind me of periodically. During college, I traveled to Peru on a mission trip and also had the opportunity to volunteer with local elementary schools in a high-need part of the city. Adoption was something Rafael and I had discussed prior to getting married. As a police officer in a major metropolitan city, Rafael also understood the great need for children to be in safe, caring families. While we weren’t sure exactly where we were going to adopt from or where the funds would come from, we knew God was calling us to adopt and began researching different options. Originally, we researched adopting from Latin … Continue reading

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