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June 21, 2018

Adopt With The Help Of Your Church | Mission Moment

Because of you, over 6,500 orphaned and vulnerable children have become sons and daughters through adoption. Thank you for continuing to give so that families–like the Tubergen family–can bring children into their home. Here is their story.  MEET DAVID & MELISSA Like many young couples, David and Melissa first began discussing their desire to adopt when they were dating and then newly married. But also like many young couples, they were intimidated by one thing: finances. 38% of practicing Christians have seriously considered adoption, but only 5% have actually adopted. One of the biggest barriers? Adoption fees. In time, God gave David and Melissa 4 biological children, but adoption was always in the back of their minds and firmly in their hearts. David remembers vividly when he knew it was time to take the next step– I remember sitting in church and it was the last week of a series talking … Continue reading

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June 15, 2018

From a Church Fund to China | Family Friday

In February 2017, we were matched with a precious little 3-year-old boy in Harbin, China. We were full of nerves and excitement until the moment we could finally meet him. As he walked into the conference room where we waited, all of our fears and nerves were replaced with overwhelming love and joy. He bonded to us quickly. We enjoyed our time in China, and although it was not without many stressful moments, we look back on it as one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. Our son is wonderful in every way. He is funny, smart, kind, and brings so much joy to our lives. The first few months were challenging as we got to know one another and as he learned the language. Now we can’t imagine life without him in it. He has changed our lives in the most amazing way. Our adoption journey is … Continue reading

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June 13, 2018

Who Loves? A Book (Series) Review + Giveaway!

Children in foster care typically have many people moving in and out of their lives. This revolving door can lead children to believe that nobody loves them. … And if we’re honest, it’s hard to blame them. Introducing the Who Loves? series. The Forgotten Initiative, a foster care ministry of Lifesong, is committed to showing Jesus to the one who feels forgotten. Having worked alongside thousands of foster children, foster care advocates, churches, and families–they sensed a gap in communication and chose to fill it with a delightful set of books for children. But behind the books’ simplicity is a critical and strategic message. Foster-turned-adoptive mom Jami Kaeb recently created a series of picture books designed specifically to give children a hope-saturated perspective on the people they interact with while they are in foster care. Each of the 3 books in the series has this message: You are worthy. You are loved. And we … Continue reading

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June 12, 2018

World Day Against Child Labour

The United Nations has declared today, June 12, to be World Day Against Child Labour. Who’s affected? Why does it matter? What should we do? Who’s affected? An estimated 152 million children around the world aged 5 to 14 work for a living–meaning they don’t go to school, they work long hours on brutal work sites, they display symptoms associated with trauma, and they suffer the effects of malnutrition. The reason?–in many, if not most, cases, steep poverty in the family often requires these children to help generate income so that the family can survive. Of the 152 million child laborers, an estimated 73 million of them are working in dangerous situations that regularly threaten their health or life. The good news?–The United Nations has set a goal of eliminating child labor by 2025. Why does it matter? Here at Lifesong, we believe God calls us to care for orphans … Continue reading

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June 8, 2018

When In Doubt | Family Friday

We started the adoption process 22 months before we were able to bring Maximus Taeyang home to us. In the beginning we had some support, but more people than we expected had more questions for us, which in turn made us doubt that this was something God was directly us towards. Throughout the process as we had to start paying many fees and we wondered how this was going to get done … those were the times that we KNEW God called us to adoption. Somehow, whether fundraisers or grants like Lifesong’s, the right amount of money always came in! It was never much more than we needed, but it was always enough. We would get very overwhelmed with paperwork and appointments we had to do for our home study, and somehow we’d start working on them and it just didn’t seem like a big deal at all. We know … Continue reading

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June 4, 2018

See an Exciting Story in Pictures! | Haiti Update

God continues to do big things–through your prayer and support–for children and families in Haiti. Yesterday morning at 9:00–under a bright blue sky, surrounded by friends and family–a group of believers decided to publicly proclaim their faith by becoming the first (ever!) group to be baptized at Lifesong Haiti/MBO. Imagine the joy and excitement as each person entered the pool–dressed in his or her best clothes–to meet Pastor Octavian. Friends and church members in the crowd sang hymns of praise throughout the entire baptism. One woman baptized–Alerte–has 7 children and has been excited to grow in her walk with God. (She can be seen in the first photo with the mint headband, white shirt, and black skirt.) 3 others who were baptized are students who live in the family residence. The rest have been faithful church attenders who saw their need to obey God with a public profession of faith. … Continue reading

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June 1, 2018

Bad Timing & God’s Good Plans | Family Friday

We felt the Lord leading us to complete a home study to begin the adoption process at a very financially uncertain time in our lives. We were in the process of moving and leaving Marcus’s stable job with great benefits for him to attend seminary full-time while Bethany continued to stay home with our daughter. The timing seemed reckless to be discussing a second adoption, but God quickly made clear His timing and plans for us. Two days after our home study was completed, our daughter’s birth mother contacted us completely unexpectedly asking if we would consider adopting our daughter’s half sister due in a few months. We prayerfully agreed, not knowing where the funding would come from to enable us to complete the adoption of this little one who would be born half a country away from us. Lifesong graciously expedited our review process due to our short timeline, … Continue reading

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