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March 22, 2017

The Gobena Story | Mission Moment

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What skill or ability can YOU use to make a difference in the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children? Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, a business owner, or a pastor (or anything in between!) you have been uniquely gifted by God to serve the fatherless and vulnerable in some way. How can we be certain of this? James 1:27 tells us that religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father includes visiting orphans. And Scripture will never tell us to do something without equipping us to obey. What unique gift can YOU use to make a difference in the lives of children in need?   Meet Gobena and Mulunesh When 70-year-old Gobena and his wife, Mulunesh, found an abandoned infant under a false banana tree in Ethiopia, the couple knew they had to help. “Because she is God’s soul,” Gobena would later explain. Carefully, they took the baby back to their home and … Continue reading

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March 20, 2017

Join Us for an Opportunity to Serve in Zambia

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YOU are invited to join us on a mission trip. On a strawberry farm in the heart of Africa, a team of enthusiastic volunteers is gathering to use their resources, skills, and abilities … and you are invited to participate. Lifesong Farms is a thriving, sustainable business that provides finances to maintain Lifesong School for Orphans as well as provide jobs for dedicated orphan caregivers. As these hardworking caregivers have loved the fatherless, God has blessed the strawberry and fruit farm immeasurably–sending abundant harvest to be sold in top local grocery stores, restaurants, and markets. While this agricultural opportunity has provided for some of the world’s most vulnerable–while simultaneously being salt and light to a community that desperately needs a hopeful future in Christ–we know there is much more work to be done.   Specifically, the basic need for a lavatory would go a long way in caring for the caregivers. Our … Continue reading

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March 15, 2017

ROOTED: Hope for Struggling Parents (+ an exciting giveaway!)

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Sometimes we need wisdom and counsel on how to parent our children well who come with unique or difficult pasts. If you are a parent who is: 1) facing challenges, 2) struggling to parent or love your child well, or 3) looking to develop a gospel-driven focus to the way you raise your child, ROOTED is for you. ROOTED is an online training course featuring 14 videos and a printed study guide that provide gospel-centered support for adoptive and foster families—designed specifically for families, orphan ministries, counselors, and adoption agencies. This online course includes teaching from Dr. Paul David Tripp, Dr. Voddie Baucham, and a host of Christian doctors, psychologists, therapy experts, and foster/adoptive parents. Endorsement “As an adoptee and an adoptive parent, I viewed each video through both lenses, marveling how each lesson could so accurately identify pain points and introduce solutions through the iron grid of grace-saturated Scriptural truth. This team doesn’t hold back–either in speaking to great needs or … Continue reading

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March 13, 2017

When Grace Was Shaped Like Laundry | Tanzania Update

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Two children we’ll call “B” and “N” were living with their grandmother–a retired teacher–and they had a good life. But then the unthinkable happened. Their grandmother (and 6 other people in the family) were murdered by home invaders. The two children survived because they hid in a heap of dirty clothes. This was a heartbreaking event within the Tanzanian community. 7 coffins were lined side by side at the funeral. The two children approached Pastor Micah and his wife, Happiness–leaders of Tanzania Children’s Rescue Centre (TCRC) with Lifesong Tanzania–and asked for help since their family was gone. In situations like this, it’s impossible to say no to children, even though we are operating beyond our peak capacity. We thank God these kids are now settling in and healing after the tragic loss of their family. –Pastor Micah It is unbelievable to see how people can wantonly cause the destruction and wounding of others to this degree, but the … Continue reading

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February 20, 2017

Our Motivation for Social Justice in 7 Quotes

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Today is World Day of Social Justice. Here is our motivation for social justice in 7 quotes. #1 “The Great Commission was clearly and definitively not a call to sit back and stay silent in a world of sin, evil, and suffering. From the very beginning, Christ designed for His disciples to run toward need–not away from it–to engage culture, not to ignore it. Yet, the church may be one of the only organizations in the world to define success according to what we don’t do.” —David Platt, President of the IMB and founder of Radical Read the full post by David Platt: Children and the Great Commission. #2 “What is our goal in fighting for justice? The same as Jesus’s when he healed the sick: to glorify God, bring joy to the hurting, and point to the glorious kingdom where sickness and suffering will be no more. Imperfect justice now … Continue reading

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February 15, 2017

Wanted: More People to Help Kids Like Davison

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For children sponsored in Zambia, attending school is a privilege, not a burden. In poverty-stricken communities like Kitwe, children are often left to fend for themselves while parents desperately search for ways to feed and care for the family. Without proper motivation, many children end up dropping out of school, leaving little to no hope of breaking the poverty cycle. “The compound”–as it is called by people in the community–can be a place of violence, crime, or abuse, certainly not a good environment for students to thrive in their education or grow in their relationship with Christ. With your help, Lifesong Zambia established a school almost a decade ago for the purpose of providing over 300 orphaned and vulnerable children with a quality Christian education. Additionally–through the vision and funding of people like you–Student Life Homes were constructed to serve as a safe haven for older students who lived in the compound. For many kids, sponsorship to Lifesong School is … Continue reading

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January 18, 2017

As God First Loved Us … An Adoption Story from Ukraine

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When likeminded believers around the world strive to reach a common goal, extraordinary things happen. Many of us want to reach orphans around the world with the love of Christ. Yet, not being called to adopt or not having several thousand dollars to do so prevents us from reaching fatherless children in other countries in a meaningful way. Thankfully, these are not our only two options. While international adoptions for Americans cost, on average, $40,000, an indigenous adoption for a Ukrainian family costs a small fraction of that. It would make sense–for this reason and others–to equip Christian families in Ukraine who are able and willing to bring Ukrainian orphans into their families as sons and daughters. Years ago–because of the faithful prayer and creative thinking from people like you–Lifesong was able to develop an indigenous adoption program called Adoption Without Borders (AwoB). Adoption Without Borders is an intentional program linking like-minded families and churches in the USA with Christian families in Ukraine who … Continue reading

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