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January 22, 2018

Big News in Zambia!

Today we are celebrating God’s goodness to our graduates in Zambia! We are excited to share with you that our newly graduated seniors just received word that 100% passed their grade 12 exams, administered by the official Examinations Council of Zambia. In a province where only 75% of all students passed this year, we praise God for this incredible accomplishment. This is the direct result of our students’ hard work and our teachers’ faithful effort. And it is because of the daily prayers of people around the world. Today, in Zambia, only approximately 37% of students even attend secondary school. And of those 37% who begin, only 8% complete it. Yet God is using faithful supporters of Lifesong Zambia to raise up generations of students who will finish the task and serve Him with their lives. Our hope … is that we continue living out our mission of bringing joy … Continue reading

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January 19, 2018

A Remarkable Story | Family Friday

When we began our adoption journey, we never could have anticipated the ways in which God would tell a remarkable story. He did this through His loving kindness, beautiful generosity, caring provision, and faithful care of His people. It took 4.5 years to bring our twin four-year-olds home from Haiti. In that time, He revealed His character in both big and subtle ways. Our wait was filled with many hard moments, times of uncertainty, deep aching in our longing for our children, anxiety about the financial strain … and the list continues. The wait was filled with so many dynamically difficult pieces which we never could have seen entering into the adoption process when we knew excitement and simple hope. We knew the financial component would be a challenge, yet we knew God’s calling was clear and that He would make it happen. We made sacrifices and He laid our adoption … Continue reading

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January 17, 2018

Announcing Empowered to Connect 2018!

Announcing the Empowered to Connect Conference! The Empowered To Connect Conference is a two-day event presented by Show Hope and the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development. Come experience practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care. –Empowered to Connect page Here at Lifesong we’ve seen hundreds of individuals and families benefit first-hand from this incredible resource. We praise the Lord for a conference with a strong desire to bring attachment and connection to families. We hope you will consider taking advantage of this additional training, support, and encouragement! The conference will run from 9 to 5 Central on both days with light refreshments provided during breaks and “on your own” lunch breaks scheduled each afternoon. Dates and Location: Oswego, IL (Chicago Metro) – April 13-14, 2018 To register for the LIVE … Continue reading

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January 15, 2018

New Look, Same Mission

  With a new year comes new opportunities, and we have some exciting things coming in 2018! Lifesong for Orphans is getting a new look! It has been several years since we refreshed our logo and updated the look of our website, so we’ve decided it is time. Watch for fun updates over the next several months. Here’s a sneak peek: 100% of your donations continue to help children in need. This fresh design is paid for by TMG Foundation and other keypartners who fund administrative costs so your gifts go where they are intended. This fresh design has been a long time in the making, and we are excited to share it with you. That said, we do not want a logo or website refresh to distract from the really important work God is doing through your prayer and support. Lifesong for Orphans is keeping the same mission! While … Continue reading

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January 12, 2018

Did God Really Tell You to Adopt? | Family Friday

2 years. So much can happen in that time period, and yet it can also feel excruciatingly, hopelessly slow. 3 fundraisers, dozens of grant applications filed, innumerable nights and days of pleading, agonizing prayers. 2 adoption fall-throughs. These are just a handful of the things we experienced on our journey of domestic adoption. Our family finished our home study and began waiting for that phone call from our agency on June 1, 2015. We were brimming with hope and confident about the calling we had felt from God to pursue domestic adoption. As we began the process of adding to our family, our biggest fear was finances. And so, with our home study complete, I feverishly began filling out grant applications and exploring every possible avenue to save money and raise funds. My husband took a second job, we sold everything we could get our hands on (including many things … Continue reading

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January 3, 2018

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Show Love to the Fatherless

With a new year comes new opportunities to do things we’ve always wanted to do but never done. If you’re in the habit of writing New Year’s Resolutions, consider adding some or all of these to your list. 1. Sponsor a child. Christian-based child sponsorship has incredible potential to change a child’s entire life and eternal future. By sponsoring a child, you have the opportunity to help someone overcome poverty–which in turn can save future generations the heartache of family disruption and other devastating loss. Better still, with Christian programs, children are taught the truth about God and the fact that Jesus loves them. Many monthly sponsorship programs cost the equivalent of one trip out to dinner with the family, yet the long-term benefits are enormous. Learn more. 2. Take a foster care class. For many of us, our hearts have been stirred for the foster care community but we don’t know where to … Continue reading

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December 29, 2017

Our 5 Most-Read Blog Posts Of 2017

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close, but we are excited for what lies ahead. In the meantime, here is a round-up of our top posts from this year. . 5.  It is possible for the average American family to afford an adoption, and–with a significant amount of determination, prayer, and elbow grease–to pay for it without accumulating debilitating debt. Here’s a potential road map to debt-free adoption. 4.  When you hear “orphan in America,” who comes to mind? The truth may surprise you. 3.  Foster kids need the church. Foster families need the church. Here are 15 ways to be a foster care friendly church. 2.  Since adoption receives negative publicity at times, it’s nice to read about adoptees who grew up to do interesting or extraordinary things with their lives. Here are 13 examples. 1. Why Adoption Is Supposed to Be Hard  Brandon, a newly adoptive dad, … Continue reading

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