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February 12, 2016

God Is in the Details | Family Friday

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One of our great joys as a Lifesong staff is receiving letters and stories from families who have completed their adoption process and are basking in the goodness of God. These testimonies serve as a perpetual reminder that God ALWAYS guides His people as we humbly seek to do His will. The following letter was hand-written by one such family– Having four biological children and one adopted child already, we were not looking to adopt another child, and financially it seemed impossible. But when God made us aware of Kavita’s need for a family, we quickly knew that God was calling us to make her part of our family. Since we already had 5 children and there was a need for Amy to quit outside employment to be a full-time mom for Kavita, Lifesong’s matching grant was a miraculous blessing financially. We saw God’s hand of provision and guidance over … Continue reading

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February 10, 2016

It’s Your Heart God Is After

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My husband, Adrian Mills, always says that God doesn’t desire for His will for your life to be a big secret. I nod in agreement most of the time, but when things don’t go as expected in our lives, I take a step back and ponder the truth of those words. Three years ago last month, Adrian was preaching on a cold Sunday morning. It was a message about saying yes to God right now, not letting excuses come in the way of obedience. Right in the middle of his preaching, as he describes it, the Holy Spirit arrested his heart and spoke clearly, “I’m speaking to you, Adrian. No more excuses. It’s time to move forward and begin the adoption process.” We’d talked about adopting for nearly a decade at that point, even before we married. But life happened; moves and babies and job changes and ministry and more … Continue reading

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February 5, 2016

Don’t Give Up! | Family Friday

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Our family had been in the process of this adoption for five years waiting on a list to adopt a sibling group. We began looking into the Waiting Child Special Needs list after waiting with no end in sight. After five years of document updates and many fees, it was finally God’s timing for us to adopt these two beautiful boys who were on the list due to their ages. However, the adoption fees were only beginning, and our savings were exhausted. This is when God led us to Lifesong for Orphans!  Our family’s immigration paperwork was up for renewal in October. After four years of waiting, we questioned our sanity paying money year after year with no end in sight.  We felt God leading us to renew one more time. Within one month, we had a match. We now have a family of four and the LONG wait is a … Continue reading

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January 29, 2016

An Unexpected Bond | Family Friday

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God delights in creating beauty out of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit (Isaiah 61). Sara and David know this to be true. They decided to adopt in 2013 after three attempts to have a biological child ended in miscarriage. The whole experience was a God-thing, but if we could single out one aspect, it would be the relationship that we formed with the birth mother and her family. We were able to meet several times before the baby’s birth. We got to be there at the hospital when the mom was discharged, and we took temporary custody that same day. We stayed in the same town with the birth mom’s family for a week after the baby was born, and we met every day after the baby was discharged. After we brought Della home, the birth mom and her … Continue reading

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January 22, 2016

The Road to Amelia

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As is often the situation with adopting couples, one person (Mark, in this case) wanted to adopt, while the other (his wife, Erika) was initially closed to the idea. Here’s what happened 10 years later: In late 2011 and early 2012, through a series of what appeared to be unrelated events, the subject of adoption came up in our lives multiple times. In March of 2012, we agreed together to adopt. Having grown up in circles where adoption was very uncommon, we had no idea how or where to even begin the process. We spent the next six months talking and praying about the direction we needed to go. In September of 2012, we learned about Lifeline Children’s Services through a friend of a friend. Over the next few months we talked to several of Lifeline’s workers, regarding from where we should try to adopt and what steps we would … Continue reading

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January 20, 2016

What Adopting Parents Want You to Know

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My husband and I were returning from overseas with our newly adopted son. We had spent 20+ hours on a flight with a screaming toddler, and I was pretty certain I had animal crackers and seaweed snacks lodged in my hair. We stumbled off the plane like a pack of sleepwalkers and took the sky train to the exit that would lead to baggage claim. Standing at the top of the final escalator–bleary-eyed and bone-weary–we slowly came to realize what awaited us at the exit. Dozens of our friends and family (75+ people!) waited with open arms, the tears on their faces as sincere as our own.  I shouldn’t have been surprised. These faithful faces had been supportive of our news from day 1. My husband and I are often asked how we survived our 3-year adoption wait. (Like many adoptions, our process was fraught with miscommunications, hurdles, and disappointments.) … Continue reading

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January 15, 2016

We’ve Got Mail! | Family Friday

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We love receiving notes from our families, and this one is no exception– Dear Lifesong, I sit here in a guesthouse in Ethiopia with a little 6-year-old who is running around with a Lego car yelling “Daddy, Daddy” as he chases my husband. It has been almost 4 years since we started this process and we are finally here, going to the US Embassy tomorrow to ask for our visa to go back home. I don’t know how to thank you for your care and support for us financially and prayerfully. It is a humbling process to receive so much. I have a feeling this humbling process of trying to raise an older adoptive child has only just begun. It is only by the grace of God, the support of others, and the stories/education of those who have gone before that we feel we can step forward in faith on this big … Continue reading

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