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September 8, 2017

When the Plans Suddenly Change | Family Friday

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After trying and unsuccessfully being matched 3 times for a little girl in the Philippines, we felt like God was telling us to let our adoption plans go and to wait on Him. As a mom, I knew that when the timing was right, the right child would “fall in our laps” and it probably wouldn’t be exactly as I had planned. I knew this because God typically laughs at my plans. So we put our plans on hold and moved on, and life got busy and stressful. That’s why when we received our referral it came as a shock. We had no “irons in the fire,” but God dropped a referral in our laps out of nowhere just as I knew He would. You’d have thought I would have jumped for joy but the referral wasn’t the child I had picked out for myself, and to be honest, moving forward with … 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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July 5, 2017

22 Adoption Summer Fundraising Ideas

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Brighter days and warmer weather are ideal for these adoption fundraising ideas. Use this list (or pass it along to willing friends and family asking how to help!)– To sell: Have a garage sale. Summer is garage sale season, and especially if you rally friends and family to contribute to your sale stash (think: community yard sale), you can bring in hundreds of dollars. Sell Gobena Coffee. Sell delicious, ethically sourced coffee … and keep 50% of the profits. Host a chili cook-off. Take advantage of cook-out season by enlisting friends in the community to participate in a cook-off. Sell tickets. Pair it with a silent auction or raffle. Don’t like chili? Have a bake-off! Encourage your kids (or your friends’ kids) to sell lemonade. Involve children in preparing for your adoption. Not only are kids effective salespeople, but they will also be impacted by the adoption process. Raise some dough. Host your own Krispy Kreme (or another favorite donut) … 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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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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January 11, 2017

How to Adopt Without Debt

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Let’s preface this post by stating the obvious: Adoption can be expensive with no easy way to pay for it (unless you own the Isle of Maldives). That said, it is possible for the average American family to afford an adoption, and–with a significant amount of determination, prayer, and elbow grease–to pay for it without accumulating debilitating debt. Let’s look at a potential road map to debt-free adoption. 1. Make the need known. Most of us have been hardwired not to ask for money. In fact, we’ve been taught not to trust people who do. So when it comes to adoption, we feel hesitant to ask for help. Yet we may be underestimating what our friends and family want to do to make our adoption a reality. Consider writing a letter to those you know and love. Briefly share God’s heart for the orphan, His call to the church, your call to adopt, the details of your adoption … Continue reading

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October 5, 2016

5 Simple Ways to Become an Adoption-Friendly Church

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Many churches claim to be pro-adoption, but they do little to actually support adoption. The good news is, it isn’t hard to become adoption-friendly. Here are 5 ideas to get started: 1. Pray for adopting families and waiting children. If your church prints a regular prayer sheet, consider including the names of families in process. Not only will this keep waiting families in the minds of praying people, but it will encourage the church family to ask for updates. If you do not currently have waiting families in your church, consider sharing adoption-related requests during times of corporate prayer. Furthermore, pray for God to raise up families in your church who are eager to adopt waiting children. 2. Encourage the church body to use their gifts to support adoptive families. Adoptive families need more than finances. Additionally, they need babysitters, encouragement, resources, and prayer. Everyone in the church can provide something to an adoptive family–even if it’s simply … Continue reading

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