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October 11, 2017

What Is the Value of a Girl?

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We live in a world that does not value girls. Every day the world pumps out conflicting messages en masse. On one hand, it argues vehemently that a woman should have the right to earn equal pay and the right to do whatever she wants with her body. At the same time, relentless print and media ads framed as self-improvement or entertainment pieces remind a girl that she is lacking–that how she looks and who she is will never be enough. Over hundreds of years we have honed a script where adolescent girls and young women are given an extremely narrow role: Please people. So that when culture prizes women on the basis of sexual attractiveness or proposes the concept of a post-gender society, girls and women fall in line, accepting it as a form of female empowerment instead of what it is–slavery to a worldly system that does not factor in the truth of God. Bottom line: Girls … Continue reading

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October 9, 2017

“I Don’t Want This Child” | Ukraine Country Update

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My name is Svetya and I am 22 years old. When I was one year old, my mom left me in a baby house. She simply brought me to the orphanage and said, “I don’t want this child.” After staying there for six years, I was transferred to another orphanage in Sakhnovshchyna where I lived and studied for ten years. Later, I moved to the Louboutin orphanage where I finished high school. My biggest childhood dream was to have loving, caring parents. It was a big burden for me. With particular joy, I would always wait for the Lifesong team to visit us in the orphanages (in Sakhno and Louboutin). I loved spending time with the team, playing games, learning new and meaningful things for my life. Most importantly, they brought the light of the Gospel into the orphanage and our hearts. . Over the years God would persistently knock … Continue reading

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October 2, 2017

A Powerful Story of Redemption for a Little Girl | Cambodia Update

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Four-year-old Mary was not always named “Mary.”  Her given name literally meant “devil” when she and her brother were found by Lifesong staff in Cambodia six months ago, a telling description of the struggle within Mary’s family. But no child escapes God’s care, and our Heavenly Father had big plans to rescue Mary from the grasp of the Enemy and place her safely in the love and care of people who understand their own redemption as sons and daughters of God. Sponsors like you quickly stepped forward to help provide Mary with healthy meals, proper clothing, and a safe place in which to grow, learn, and play. And in response to this Gospel love and provision, Mary transformed from a quiet, sad child to a bright and lively little girl. Many children in the sponsorship program change–physically, emotionally, and spiritually–in response to the love of Christ. In Mary’s case, even her name changed. She … Continue reading

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September 6, 2017

Is God Calling Your Family to Adopt?

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Having been adopted and also having adopted, it’s one of the most frequent questions I am asked–“How do I know if I’m supposed to adopt?” It’s a good question with a complicated answer. Here’s the short answer: You (and potentially your spouse) know in your heart what God wants or does not want you to do. But here are 3 additional thoughts– 1. Your contribution is needed. No, adopting is not a requirement for someone who loves Jesus any more than going to the mission field is a requirement for someone who loves the Great Commission, but caring for children in need is as much required of you as is sharing the Gospel. The Great Commission and the admonition to care for the fatherless are equally Scriptural. You have something to contribute. If it’s not adoption, what is it? Consider this: If you feel the pull of God on your heart to do something to help fatherless … Continue reading

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August 28, 2017

Announcing a New Baby! | Guatemala Update

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Our team is thrilled to announce the arrival of our newest family member. Joining us at just 5 lbs. 4 oz., this tiny blessing was born a month early. She and her mother are doing well, and we are so proud of them both. Theirs is a story of deep grief and resilient hope. We have come to understand that through tragedy the Lord brings hope, and this baby is proof of that! Every life has purpose, and every life can change the world. This mother and daughter are no exception. Through healing and hope, by God’s grace, they will point others to Jesus and to His faithfulness for many years to come. Isabel’s story Tossed from family member to family member, young Isabel looked for a place to belong. When her uncle agreed to take her in, Isabel hoped this was finally that place. Soon after she arrived, however, it became clear this would … Continue reading

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August 21, 2017

This Little Girl Needs Your Help | Bolivia Update

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Yasil came to live at Lifesong Bolivia on October 22, 2013, after being abandoned at the child welfare office. Upon arrival, it was evident that she had suffered a great deal in her short life. Staff and volunteers poured their time and love into this little girl, confident that God had a specific purpose for her life and for bringing her to Fundación Esperanza. And you know what?–God began answering the prayers of His people in magnificent ways. Soon, Yasil began to improve by leaps and bounds. She began smiling, laughing, and learning to walk and eat with a spoon. And this was just the beginning.   Unfortunately, in April 2016, Yasil was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure. At doctors’ orders, she immediately began receiving dialysis 3 times a week, and after 16 months of treatment, she received a much-needed kidney transplant last week. Praise God, the surgery went well, and the doctors … Continue reading

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August 11, 2017

How to Teach Your Kids to Care for the Fatherless

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If we truly believe everybody can do something to care for orphans, this means even our children have something to contribute. But, like most important life lessons, our kids must be taught that caring for the fatherless is an important task and that they have an important role. Here are 3 ways we can teach our sons and daughters to care about orphans and vulnerable children– 1. Study the Bible together. The most powerful words on the subject of caring for people in need are God’s words. It is always most impactful to allow God’s Word to speak for itself. So we should take our children to the Bible–together–to see what it has to say about the fatherless and our responsibility to care for the poor and needy among us. Here are 5 places to start: Psalm 140:12, Proverbs 14:31, Isaiah 1:17, Proverbs 19:17, Jeremiah 5:28. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and … Continue reading

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