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April 11, 2018

An Adoption Story from Ukraine | Mission Moment

Your support helps change the lives of orphans around the world. Whether through adoption funding or orphan care, lives–like Yarik’s–are being transformed by the Gospel. Here is his story. MEET YARIK 9-year-old Yarik is one of 18 siblings in the Vyshnykov family in Ukraine–7 boys and 11 girls. 12 of these 18 children were adopted, including Yarik. Born in Ukraine, Yarik was adopted in Ukraine when he was 5, and in his home, he knows he is loved. My parents are kind and cheerful, and they love us all. They take care of me, keep us warm, and feed us … I’m just happy in this family! –Yarik Vyshnykov His parents are happy, too. In the words of his mom, “We decided our home belongs to God.” And the Vyshnykovs live like they mean it. Never without a smile, Yarik contributes to the noise and joy of the household–and Yarik’s parents wouldn’t have it any … Continue reading

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April 6, 2018

When We See Our Ugly | Family Friday

I’ve never felt uglier than during Ruth’s adoption. Most people won’t understand that. I’ve heard it all, the exclamations of sainthood, “You are doing such a wonderful thing!” and, “There is a special place in Heaven for people like you!” or the even more common, “This is going to be another jewel in your crown someday.” I understand and even appreciate the sentiment behind these statements. On the surface, adopting Ruth does seem like a very nice thing. She was abandoned, but now has a forever family, and all because we chose to do that for her. But, as always, there’s more to it than meets the eye. First of all, by choosing Ruth, we denied a lot of other kids. Obviously my husband, Shane, and I can’t adopt all the orphans in the world. But still, it’s one fact that escapes most people even though it’s quite in-your-face when you really … Continue reading

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March 15, 2018

Celebrating Shauna’s House and One Incredible Legacy

Almost ready …! Shauna Yelton could not have imagined what her commitment to orphans in Ukraine would do to change lives. Shauna first traveled to Ukraine accompanied by a close friend. Shocked by what she discovered, her glimmer of passion quickly grew into a cause. Determined to help orphans and vulnerable young people–especially those aging out of orphanage life–she made at least a half-dozen more trips, working with Lifesong to share the love of Jesus by finding safe transition housing for girls with nowhere to go. When a Ukrainian orphan ages out of an orphanage at age 18, there is a 70% to 80% chance that he or she will experience crime, prostitution, suicide or drug overdose within two years. Not willing to sit quietly with those statistics, Shauna persuaded her husband–Todd Yelton, Samford University’s women’s soccer coach and one of the nation’s top women’s soccer coaches–to join her. In … Continue reading

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March 9, 2018

I Can’t Ask Friends and Family to Fund Our Adoption. Can I?

Asking for money for any reason is hard. Asking for money to fund an adoption is no easier. But is it wrong? Here are 3 questions to consider– 1. Why are you asking for financial support? Adoption is expensive, but expense–alone–isn’t always enough of a reason to ask other people for help. Many adopting families ask for help because the amount of money required in a short timeline far exceeds their ability to pay. For example, according to Adoptive Families Magazine, the average fees for a domestic adoption in the United States are $39,966. Many adoption agencies require a bulk of that money up front to handle application, homestudy, and agency fees, etc. While coming up with $39,966 over several years may be possible, coming up with it in a matter of months may be another story altogether. If God has clearly led your family to adopt, He may clearly lead you to humble yourself … Continue reading

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March 5, 2018

How Love Brought Jantu to Life | Cambodia/Thailand Update

God is doing big things in Cambodia because of your prayer and support! Meet Jantu Like most of the young children we meet on migrant construction sites in Thailand, 3-year-old Jantu was sorely lacking in basic developmental skills–both physical and social–when we were first introduced to her. Since she became a part of Construction of Hope with Lifesong Thailand, we have had the incredible privilege of watching her come alive. Once painfully shy–and unable to comprehend or interact with her surroundings–she is now an eager recipient of her newfound love and attention. Because of your faithful prayer and support, she knows she is loved. The new sensory bins project in the learning center is a favorite of hers. Her motor skills development is improving by leaps and bounds. Her growing confidence has allowed her to start helping other little ones acclimate. One little girl–Soksalai–recently joined our center and was having a … Continue reading

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March 2, 2018

Why Adoption Funding Matters | Family Friday

Adoption funding matters. For many families, it is the difference between adopting and not being able to adopt a child in need. Here at Lifesong, we believe in adoption funding and are grateful to those of YOU who give to make it possible. But every once in a while we receive a letter from a family that proves the point better than we ever could. Consider this letter from a family who recently brought their son home– Dear Lifesong family, God’s timing is God’s timing, and that has never been more evident to us than in our adoption journey. While usually God’s timing means waiting and faith-testing, God’s timing when it came to Lifesong is definitely an example of Him showing up and being a Heavenly Dad that enjoys spoiling his children. We found out that we had been approved for the blessing of an interest-free loan on 5/19/16. We … Continue reading

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March 1, 2018

Something to Celebrate!

You did it! You saw the need, stepped up, and met it. During the month of February, 40 people just like you stepped up to sponsor a child as we have shared pictures and stories of kids who need our help. Thank you for making an eternal difference in the lives of these precious children! For a child overseas, sponsorship can be the difference between life and death. Thanks to someone like you, Getabalew in Ethiopia has been fully sponsored this month. 6-year-old Getabalew lives with his mom and 3 siblings in a tiny, one-room house. His dad died while fishing to provide for the family. Currently, Getabalew attends Lifesong School which is incredibly helpful since he receives a quality education and two nutritious meals each day. He is taught many important things that will equip him for life. His siblings hope to be able to attend Lifesong School someday. … Continue reading

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