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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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May 4, 2018

You Won’t Want to Miss This! | CAFO 2018

Next week, thousands of orphan care, foster care, and adoption advocates will meet in Dallas for the 2018 Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit … and whether or not you can be there, you CAN attend. Last year’s conference drew over 2,000 advocates, pastors, and professionals from 30 countries. The summit explored effective foster care, adoption, family preservation, and global orphan ministry objectives. Take a look– This year, the main sessions will be featured live stream so you can attend right where you are sitting. Here are 3 reasons we believe you should make every effort to watch– 1. You will be encouraged. The foster care/adoption journey can be isolating. This conference will remind you that you are not alone. Every speaker has walked the orphan care, foster care, or adoption journey and has encouragement to give you. 2. You will find resources. If you choose to take notes, you will likely refer … Continue reading

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April 23, 2018

13 Years Old, With a Baby of Her Own | Guatemala Update

As far back as Juana could remember, the gang her biological dad called family had called the shots in her life. As a tiny girl, Juana remembered the fear that would grip her when she was in the presences of the gang members. She instinctively knew she was in danger and unsafe, and her mother was in no place emotionally to protect her. She, too, was trying to survive and lived in constant fear of displeasing her husband and incurring his wrath that was not only reserved for her, but also their little daughter. As a 6-year-old, instead of a life that was filled with baby dolls and kindergarten, Juana remembers the first time her dad, leaned in close to her face, alcohol on his breath, fear in his eyes and threatened to kill her. Family life was a nightmare that was filled with fear, hunger, abuse, neglect, and living … Continue reading

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April 16, 2018

See an Exciting New Church Partnership in Haiti!

Not only does individual support–like yours–help change the lives of orphans around the world, but churches are also working together in exciting ways to transform the lives of orphans with the Gospel. Here is the story of Summit Church and their partnership with Lifesong Haiti. MEET NATE Nate Johnson (seen in the blue shirt in the video above), serves as Executive Pastor of Central Ministry at Summit Life Church. He and Jim Hines, one of the directing Elders of Summit Life, recently traveled to Bercy Haiti. Why?–Summit Life has formed a unique and life-changing, Gospel-driven relationship in Bercy with Lifesong Haiti. In Nate’s words– “We have had the opportunity to partner with 2 other churches to own the lostness of Bercy, Haiti with the goal of giving every man, woman and child in Bercy repeated opportunities to see, hear, and respond to the gospel of Jesus.  And the wonderful thing about … 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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October 11, 2017

What Is the Value of a Girl?

We live in a world that does not value girls. Every day the world pumps out conflicting messages en masse. On one hand, it argues vehemently that a woman should have the right to earn equal pay and the right to do whatever she wants with her body. At the same time, relentless print and media ads framed as self-improvement or entertainment pieces remind a girl that she is lacking–that how she looks and who she is will never be enough. Over hundreds of years we have honed a script where adolescent girls and young women are given an extremely narrow role: Please people. So that when culture prizes women on the basis of sexual attractiveness or proposes the concept of a post-gender society, girls and women fall in line, accepting it as a form of female empowerment instead of what it is–slavery to a worldly system that does not factor in the truth of God. Bottom line: Girls … Continue reading

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