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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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May 23, 2018

Is the Cost of Adoption Worth It?

Start a conversation about adoption and it will (likely) take no time at all for the discussion to turn to money and “cost.” It is no secret that adoption is expensive, but is it worth it? Here are 3 thoughts– 1. Adopting will cost you something. There is no way around it. If you believe God is leading you to adopt, you must also believe He is leading you to make sacrifices to make it happen–financially and otherwise. But the same could be said about other major life decisions. Getting married, buying a home, giving birth, relocating–all of these decisions come with costs; they simply aren’t listed neatly in a pamphlet provided to you by a social worker. Love always costs. Even the God of the universe Who owns everything had to make sacrifices to bring you into His family. Here is what your adoption cost Jesus– “But He was wounded … Continue reading

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May 17, 2018

A Zambian Adoption Story

Your support helps change the lives of orphans around the world. Whether through adoption funding or orphan care, lives are being transformed by the Gospel. Here is one family’s story. MEET PASTOR MARON AND HIS WIFE, PRECIOUS. Pastor Maron is the campus pastor and the Discipleship Director for Lifesong School Garneton in Zambia. Never without a smile, his warm, friendly demeanor makes him a well-loved friend and mentor to the students, giving him many opportunities to speak truth into their lives. His favorite verse?–“He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). And perhaps this verse was never displayed so clearly in his life as when he and his wife, Precious, decided to do something culturally uncommon for Zambia. Just over a year ago, they decided to adopt a little boy who had been abandoned on the streets near their home. Zambian adopting is not a common thing. They know … Continue reading

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