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October 2, 2017

A Powerful Story of Redemption for a Little Girl | Cambodia Update

Four-year-old Mary was not always named “Mary.”  Her given name literally meant “devil” when she and her brother were found by Lifesong staff in Cambodia six months ago, a telling description of the struggle within Mary’s family. But no child escapes God’s care, and our Heavenly Father had big plans to rescue Mary from the grasp of the Enemy and place her safely in the love and care of people who understand their own redemption as sons and daughters of God. Sponsors like you quickly stepped forward to help provide Mary with healthy meals, proper clothing, and a safe place in which to grow, learn, and play. And in response to this Gospel love and provision, Mary transformed from a quiet, sad child to a bright and lively little girl. Many children in the sponsorship program change–physically, emotionally, and spiritually–in response to the love of Christ. In Mary’s case, even her name changed. She … Continue reading

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September 29, 2017

Does God Ever Finally Say “Yes”? | Family Friday

Six months ago, my phone rang and a voice I’d never heard before announced she was the adoption attorney and she had good news for me. (Don’t forget to read the first part of this story, An Open Letter to Infertility.) I stood up really quickly and kind of choked out the words, “GOOD news?” I needed to hear it again because for three years, every adoption lead and follow-up had been what we’d call NOT good news. And we were tired. Our daughter, almost five and also adopted, was even growing weary in her prayers. “I keep asking God for a baby and maybe He will just say NO.” We struggled to sympathize and also draw her attention to the reality that God’s “no” ought to be dearer to us than our push for “yes.” It was a struggle for us all. So I was in disbelief at the … Continue reading

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September 27, 2017

An Open Letter to Infertility

Nearly 5 years ago, you were just an idea or a thing that happened to someone else, but not to me. And I would shake my head in sadness for all those women who suffered at your hands. You were a distant enemy, all those years ago. And then you were not so distant. And four lost babies later? I knew who you were. Three agonizingly short pregnancies, one surgery, two natural miscarriages, and more poking and prodding and asking deeply personal questions than I ever thought possible…and I knew you were my greatest foe, standing between me and the thing my heart longed for with a greater ferocity than I could have imagined: to mother. You were my truest enemy, my greatest fear, and a label I brushed away tearfully time and again. But now we are friends, Infertility. I’m not sure that’s anything I ever thought I would say. But I need to be … Continue reading

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September 22, 2017

Where Life and Death Meet in Grace and Adoption | Family Friday

The adoption of our precious daughter is part of a legacy where God connected the dots of His sovereignty over 2 young lives, down to the smallest details. We started on the path to adopt a child with a limb difference because we had a nephew who was born with orthopedic special needs. He passed away unexpectedly in the middle of our adoption process, but our travel approval arrived on what would have been his third birthday, and we left for China on the first anniversary of his death. Over the years we have had the privilege of supporting a number of friends in their adoption journeys through participating in Lifesong-facilitated financial support programs. When we found ourselves called to adopt, we knew we wanted to partner with Lifesong. We wanted to create a pathway for others to share with us in the joy of extending the gift of family to … Continue reading

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September 19, 2017

5 Easy Ways to Encourage a Foster or Adoptive Family

There are hundreds of ways to participate in the ministry of foster care or adoption without actually parenting. Here are 5 simple ideas that could make BIG impact on the adoptive or foster family in your life– 1. Pray (and tell them you are praying). Prayer is not a cliché unless it is promised and never offered. Adoptive and foster parents have no independent power source apart from what God has promised. Their faith and endurance depend on God’s provision of it. So praying for them–and telling them you are praying for them–is incredibly encouraging. 2. Take a meal (or bag of groceries). Whether the family is recently home with a new child or has been home for some time, you can encourage them with a meal or bag of groceries. (Or consider giving a gift card to a restaurant or grocery store). These items take time and resources that they may be struggling to … Continue reading

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September 12, 2017

4 Exciting Orphan Sunday Resources

  Orphan Sunday is coming … the day Christians around the globe stand together for the orphan … and YOU are invited to participate. *Note: If you’ve never heard of Orphan Sunday–or want to learn more about it–click here. November 12 will be here before we know it, so now is the time to consider what God may have each of us to do. Use any of these 4 resources to build your own event– 1. Event map Stand and be counted! And let others find your church. Add your event or activity to the OrphanSunday.org map and let others find you on Orphan Sunday. Or, if you are not leading an event or activity, search for one in your area. No matter how big or small, add to the echo of Orphan Sunday around the world. 2. Video library Watch or share videos created by the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) that will inspire you on … Continue reading

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September 8, 2017

When the Plans Suddenly Change | Family Friday

After trying and unsuccessfully being matched 3 times for a little girl in the Philippines, we felt like God was telling us to let our adoption plans go and to wait on Him. As a mom, I knew that when the timing was right, the right child would “fall in our laps” and it probably wouldn’t be exactly as I had planned. I knew this because God typically laughs at my plans. So we put our plans on hold and moved on, and life got busy and stressful. That’s why when we received our referral it came as a shock. We had no “irons in the fire,” but God dropped a referral in our laps out of nowhere just as I knew He would. You’d have thought I would have jumped for joy but the referral wasn’t the child I had picked out for myself, and to be honest, moving forward with … Continue reading

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