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April 9, 2015

Advocates Provide New Science Labs in Ethiopia

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Enjoy this update from Ethiopia Advocate, Shonda Dietz, as she reflects on a recent trip to Ethiopia with her family…   “My family recently had the privilege of spending the week at the Lifesong for Orphans’ schools in Ethiopia. We have five children (ages 5, 6, 8, 9 and 12). Our youngest and middle sons were adopted from Ethiopia so it was a joy to take them back to visit their family and homeland. Leading up to our trip, Gary put a bug in my ear that the administrators and teachers in Ziway would love to have a hands-on science lab (a novelty in most Ethiopian schools). Solomon (the director of the three schools) talked about how growing up he always had a keen interest in science. However, they never had access to anything hands-on, learning only theory from textbooks. He desired our students to have this opportunity.  Being a … Continue reading

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March 20, 2015

Why Church Ministries Should be at CAFO2015

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Welcome back to our a month-long series anticipating the Christian Alliance for Orphans’ CAFO2015 Summit coming up April 30-May 1. We’ve asked several individuals to speak on their experiences and the impact seen through God’s amazing grace on this special event. We invite you to follow along each Friday of March (& don’t miss out on the awesome Book Bundle GIVEAWAY below!). Read along today as church ministry leader, Steve Klein, talks about the benefits of church ministries to be present at CAFO2015 Summit… “Just like adoption or foster care, church ministries need support, resources and encouragement from those who have walked the road before them.  As a church ministry leader of our adoption, foster & orphan care ministry for the last seven years, we have grown to know how important it is to have others to lean on, give you advice, provide direction and be able to share ideas … Continue reading

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February 2, 2015

One Man’s Mission to Rescue “The Least of These”

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One Man’s Mission to Rescue “The Least of These” {March 3-5} Hope. It’s something we all need and something we all celebrate. This March, a powerful new hope-filled documentary comes to movie screens nationwide for alimited three-night engagement. The Drop Box is a hope-filled story celebrating the reality that every human life is sacred and worthy of love. Be sure to tell your friends, family, and church about this incredible special event only in theaters March 3-5. There are more than 150 million orphans worldwide. The Drop Box is the real-life account of one small group of Christ-followers, in one corner of the world, who have sacrificed everything in order to care for the orphans in their midst. This feature-length documentary tells the story of South Korean Pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect his community’s most vulnerable children. The Drop Box is in theaters for three nights only: March 3, 4, … Continue reading

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January 7, 2015

8 Ways to Serve Orphaned Children in 2015

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With a new year, comes new goals and aspirations. Whether it’s an exercise goal, bucket list item to accomplish, parenting adjustments, or maybe the hope of bringing a son or daughter home into your forever family. As you think about this new year, consider Deuteronomy 10:18 where God’s love for the fatherless is shown: “He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.” So while you are listing out your goals for the year, we hope and pray those goals include loving orphaned and vulnerable children…and that doesn’t always mean welcoming them into your home (although that is a beautiful thing!). There are countless ways to invest in the lives of children and advocate on their behalf. We have gathered 8 different Advocate Opportunities for you to tangibly and practically serve orphans in your day-to-day life with your family, friends … Continue reading

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October 15, 2014

Helping Kids Find Sponsors

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Are you looking for a way to practically and tangibly advocate for orphans? Maybe you are an adoptive family who has brought a child into your forever home. Or maybe you have been a child sponsor for YEARS, writing a mailbox full of letters to your special friend across the globe. But maybe you are just someone who has a heart to be a voice for those who do not have a voice for themselves. Will you consider becoming a Child Sponsorship Advocate? There are children around the world who will never be adopted because of various adoption laws or because there is no family to adopt them. But, just because a child isn’t not adoptable, doesn’t mean we can’t help and love and show Jesus to a child in need.  Be an advocate for the friend left behind when you brought your child home…for the kid who see the … Continue reading

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June 9, 2014

ONE Day. Voice. Purpose. {Orphan Sunday}

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SAVE THE DATE:  Put November 2, 2014 on your church calendar TODAY! On Orphan Sunday, Christians stand for the orphan. We are a people called to defend the fatherless…to care for the child that has no family…to visit orphans in their distress. Each event is locally-led. Sermons and small groups, concerts and prayer gatherings, shared meals and youth activities—each rousing believers with God’s call to care for the orphan, and what we can do in response. From many sources, one voice. Each November, thousands of events will echo across America and around the globe, all sharing a single goal: that God’s great love for the orphan will find echo in our lives as well. Orphan Sunday is your opportunity to rouse church, community and friends to God’s call to care for the orphan. (from OrphanSunday.org website) It’s never too early to start planning your event! Visit OrphanSunday.org for Parntership Packages, … Continue reading

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May 14, 2014

Orphan Graduate to Orphan Advocate

As you saw in Dima’s video above, orphans in Ukraine often grow up without strong, positive role models speaking into their lives. Our staff in Ukraine is working to change that in several orphanages through their Constant Christian Presence (CCP) program. The staff and volunteers serve over 1000 children, through mentorship, camps, transition homes and business opportunities through Lifesong Farms-Ukraine.  Dima and many other graduates who grew up with CCP are now giving back and speaking into the lives of children that are in the orphanages today. As Dima has gone from Orphanage Graduate to Orphan Advocate, he has recognized the opportunity that Christ has given him to speak into the lives of these kids and share the Gospel with them! Will you join us in helping impact a life like Dima’s? Meet Koyla*, an 11-year-old boy who is being ministered to by our staff while he lives within the … Continue reading

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