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June 21, 2018

Adopt With The Help Of Your Church | Mission Moment

Because of you, over 6,500 orphaned and vulnerable children have become sons and daughters through adoption. Thank you for continuing to give so that families–like the Tubergen family–can bring children into their home. Here is their story.  MEET DAVID & MELISSA Like many young couples, David and Melissa first began discussing their desire to adopt when they were dating and then newly married. But also like many young couples, they were intimidated by one thing: finances. 38% of practicing Christians have seriously considered adoption, but only 5% have actually adopted. One of the biggest barriers? Adoption fees. In time, God gave David and Melissa 4 biological children, but adoption was always in the back of their minds and firmly in their hearts. David remembers vividly when he knew it was time to take the next step– I remember sitting in church and it was the last week of a series talking … Continue reading

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June 15, 2018

From a Church Fund to China | Family Friday

In February 2017, we were matched with a precious little 3-year-old boy in Harbin, China. We were full of nerves and excitement until the moment we could finally meet him. As he walked into the conference room where we waited, all of our fears and nerves were replaced with overwhelming love and joy. He bonded to us quickly. We enjoyed our time in China, and although it was not without many stressful moments, we look back on it as one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. Our son is wonderful in every way. He is funny, smart, kind, and brings so much joy to our lives. The first few months were challenging as we got to know one another and as he learned the language. Now we can’t imagine life without him in it. He has changed our lives in the most amazing way. Our adoption journey is … 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 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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May 11, 2018

Never Say Goodbye – A Tale of Two Mothers

My children have two mothers. Both of us are real mothers. Both have flesh and blood and love and pain. Both have pieces of our hearts that have been broken by goodbyes. Both of us have spent too many days apart from our children. In our home we don’t classify the mothers. There is no bio mom or adoptive mom. No first mom or second mom. No tummy mom or heart mom. Both of us are simply mom. We need no other label. We are cut from the same cloth. We are both women who walk through life making a lot of mistakes. We try our best. We make wrong decisions. We need extra helpings of grace. We are both living a life that turned out differently than we expected. We are two women who fiercely love their children but don’t always know how to show this love in practical … Continue reading

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