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September 6, 2017

Is God Calling Your Family to Adopt?

Having been adopted and also having adopted, it’s one of the most frequent questions I am asked–“How do I know if I’m supposed to adopt?” It’s a good question with a complicated answer. Here’s the short answer: You (and potentially your spouse) know in your heart what God wants or does not want you to do. But here are 3 additional thoughts– 1. Your contribution is needed. No, adopting is not a requirement for someone who loves Jesus any more than going to the mission field is a requirement for someone who loves the Great Commission, but caring for children in need is as much required of you as is sharing the Gospel. The Great Commission and the admonition to care for the fatherless are equally Scriptural. You have something to contribute. If it’s not adoption, what is it? Consider this: If you feel the pull of God on your heart to do something to help fatherless … Continue reading

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August 30, 2017

11 Books that Celebrate the Joy of Adoption

It’s the season for books and reading, so we asked you–our social media audience–for the books that most shaped you with regard to adoption. The response was overwhelming! Here are 11 books that stood out in the conversation– 1. Adopted for Life (Russell Moore) Dr. Moore’s book is a practical manifesto for Christians to adopt children and to help equip other Christian families to do the same. He shows that adoption is not just about couples who want children-or who want more children. It is about an entire culture that sees adoption as part of the Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself. 2. Born Broken: An Adoptive Journey (Kristin Berry) Kristin Berry tells her family’s story honestly, and does not shy away from the challenges she and her family has faced, including isolation and depression. This story is written with her son’s blessings, in the hopes that others will … Continue reading

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August 28, 2017

Announcing a New Baby! | Guatemala Update

Our team is thrilled to announce the arrival of our newest family member. Joining us at just 5 lbs. 4 oz., this tiny blessing was born a month early. She and her mother are doing well, and we are so proud of them both. Theirs is a story of deep grief and resilient hope. We have come to understand that through tragedy the Lord brings hope, and this baby is proof of that! Every life has purpose, and every life can change the world. This mother and daughter are no exception. Through healing and hope, by God’s grace, they will point others to Jesus and to His faithfulness for many years to come. Isabel’s story Tossed from family member to family member, young Isabel looked for a place to belong. When her uncle agreed to take her in, Isabel hoped this was finally that place. Soon after she arrived, however, it became clear this would … Continue reading

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August 25, 2017

Thoughts from a Reluctant Mom | Family Friday

My husband always wanted to adopt, but I was a little more reluctant. I don’t really think of myself as a kid person, and I was worried about loving and bonding with a child that wasn’t biologically mine. Fast-forward 9 years of marriage and 3 biological kids. We were “done,” but God wasn’t done with us. He began leading our hearts toward adoption, which was easy for my husband, Conner, but quite the task for me. I fought it every step of the way but finally could no longer deny the pull toward adopting and completing our family. It took us nearly 9 months from start to finish. In February 2016, our son John was placed into our arms. The process was hard and filled with emotional ups and downs, but it grew me and prepared me for the moment I became Mom to John. God in His kindness and provision prepared the way, … Continue reading

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August 23, 2017

5 Verses Every Adopting Family Should Learn

The family who adopts a child (or children) is embarking on a big journey and needs big encouragement. Thankfully, we have a big God Who has given us His Word, sufficient for every aspect of adoption. Here are 5 verses every adopting family should learn. All 5 of these verses or passages apply to any stage of adoption in which you find yourself–from praying about adopting, to waiting for the referral, to raising the necessary funds, to bringing the child home, and to parenting the child. God’s Word is sufficient for every need. 1. Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him Who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. 2. Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I … Continue reading

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August 21, 2017

This Little Girl Needs Your Help | Bolivia Update

Yasil came to live at Lifesong Bolivia on October 22, 2013, after being abandoned at the child welfare office. Upon arrival, it was evident that she had suffered a great deal in her short life. Staff and volunteers poured their time and love into this little girl, confident that God had a specific purpose for her life and for bringing her to Fundación Esperanza. And you know what?–God began answering the prayers of His people in magnificent ways. Soon, Yasil began to improve by leaps and bounds. She began smiling, laughing, and learning to walk and eat with a spoon. And this was just the beginning.   Unfortunately, in April 2016, Yasil was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure. At doctors’ orders, she immediately began receiving dialysis 3 times a week, and after 16 months of treatment, she received a much-needed kidney transplant last week. Praise God, the surgery went well, and the doctors … Continue reading

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August 15, 2017

The Power of a Church Adoption Fund

Several years ago, Julie James was shaken to her core by the reality that many would-be, should-be adoptive parents are unable to bring children home because of 1 obstacle: finances. In her opinion, finances should never stand in the way of families doing what God has called them to do. After reading a blog post written by a family who desperately wanted to adopt but could not, due to finances, Julie typed four words into an e-mail and sent them to her best friend in the middle of the night. The words: THIS IS NOT OK. And the seed was planted in her heart to do something–to give families she knew and loved a tangible way to bridge the gap of adoption financing and bring their children home. In her words– “My faith in the fact that God does provide was solid. He owns it all. It wasn’t a matter of IF God was … Continue reading

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