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April 19, 2017

We Needed Our Church | Mission Moment

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  Andy and Abby Huette know first-hand the powerful impact of being loved and supported by their church family during and after an adoption. In 2008 the couple joined a short-term mission team to Lifesong School in Zambia where God broke their hearts for the orphan. Leaving the children of Zambia to return home was hard, and Andy and Abby felt confident they would someday pursue adoption. How It All Began Abby was ready to start the adoption process when their only child was 9 months old. And while Andy–a pastor–felt it was critically important to lead his church family by example to love the fatherless, he thought maybe adoption was something they should pursue later–when they didn’t already have a new baby in the home. But God had different plans. While sitting at a McDonald’s one morning, Andy began reading in Deuteronomy while listening to music through his earbuds. He arrived at Deuteronomy 6:6-7: And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall … Continue reading

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April 5, 2017

How to Breathe Life into Your Church Adoption Culture

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Adoptive families crave authentic, supportive community, and there should be no better place to find it than in the local church. Plain and simply, when families step into foster care and adoption, they enter the pain and suffering of another human being. In doing so, they often become the brokenhearted. In taking on the burdens once belonging solely to the child in their care, parents become the weary, discouraged, and overwhelmed in need of a timely word or helping hand. The church, by its very definition, exists for hurting people and should be the safest place for families to find the hope that exists in Christ. Here are 3 ways to breathe life into your church’s adoption culture– 1. Encourage truth. The “How are you? —Fine” scenario is cliche in our culture, but it shouldn’t be the pattern in our church family. As foster/adoptive parents bring wounded children into the church assembly–some of whom … Continue reading

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February 6, 2017

What Do Valentine’s Day and Christmas Have in Common? | Cambodia Update

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Holidays allow us to celebrate, but also to redeem opportunities for sharing God’s love and making new connections. In countries like Cambodia where many people do not yet know about Christmas, believers take the opportunity to celebrate Jesus’ birth long into the new year. In Bangpli, Thailand, for instance, Pastor Vino and his church people are still taking full advantage of using gift boxes filled with school supplies, hygiene products, and tiny toys to develop new connections with children and families in need. For Pastor Vino, the Christmas holiday is a tool to share the love of Jesus with those who still need it. HELP A CHILD IN NEED The good news? Children of migrant workers from previously unreached construction sites are now joining the learning center at the church, and whole families are coming to evening worship services to hear more about the love of Christ that has captured the heart of Pastor … Continue reading

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October 5, 2016

5 Simple Ways to Become an Adoption-Friendly Church

Nathan and Stacie adopted there son with the help of their church adoption fund.

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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September 24, 2015

After the Horrific Videos: Now What?

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Christians have always been directed by God to care for the fatherless and the vulnerable, but recent events in the news have placed the pro-life conversation front and center. While politicians and physicians now argue over which week an unborn baby is pain-capable, believers must re-assess our role in this sort of “Wilberforce movement” of our day. What can we do? What should we do? One thing is becoming increasingly clear: We must do something. Specifically, we who are pro-life must care as passionately about children after they are born as we do while they are still in the womb. One way we demonstrate our commitment to life: We support adoption. Adoption is pro-life. Being pro-life is about more than being anti-abortion. It’s about helping the mother who chooses not to terminate her pregnancy. It’s about encouraging the woman who decides to raise her child or place her child for adoption. It’s … Continue reading

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February 11, 2013

Learn, Share & Equip // The Forgotten Initiative

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The Forgotten Initiative (TFI) is the foster care ministry of Lifesong for Orphans. TFI brings joy and purpose through Forgotten Advocates, who LEARN the needs of their local foster care community, SHARE the needs with local churches and EQUIP the churches to meet the needs. TFI mobilizes the body of Christ through service projects, mentoring and foster family support.  Please enjoy their new video as they show how TFI is serving local foster care communities… Learn how YOU can get involved at theforgotteninitiative.org.

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October 31, 2012

Day 3 – The Church…That’s You!

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In honor of the upcoming Orphan Sunday (November 4th), we are hosting a Prayer Campaign to prepare our hearts and minds for the day set aside to honor the orphaned, knowing that PRAYER is the best place to start! If you missed Day 1 & Day 2, check it out here and here. We’re thankful that you’ve tuned in for Day 3 of our prayer campaign as we pray for the Church, the body of Christ, and our role we have been given as believers.  Let’s peek again into His Word to see how our Father God has described this role…. “Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.” Isaiah 1:17  “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” James 1:27  “When you … Continue reading

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