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March 1, 2018

Something to Celebrate!

You did it! You saw the need, stepped up, and met it. During the month of February, 40 people just like you stepped up to sponsor a child as we have shared pictures and stories of kids who need our help. Thank you for making an eternal difference in the lives of these precious children! For a child overseas, sponsorship can be the difference between life and death. Thanks to someone like you, Getabalew in Ethiopia has been fully sponsored this month. 6-year-old Getabalew lives with his mom and 3 siblings in a tiny, one-room house. His dad died while fishing to provide for the family. Currently, Getabalew attends Lifesong School which is incredibly helpful since he receives a quality education and two nutritious meals each day. He is taught many important things that will equip him for life. His siblings hope to be able to attend Lifesong School someday. … Continue reading

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February 16, 2018

A Life Transformed by Love

Your support is changing the lives of orphans around the world. Whether through adoption funding or orphan care, lives–like Vasiliy’s–are being transformed by the Gospel. Here is his story. MEET VASILIY Vasiliy was just 6 years old when he lost his parents. As a result, he was brought to the local orphanage in Ukraine where he was taught from the beginning that he was an outcast. He was told, “You are going to be an alcoholic and drug addict just like your parents.” In his words– These words deeply penetrated my mind, and I started to believe this would be my destiny. But God had bigger plans for Vasiliy. A team of local Christians from Lifesong Ukraine began visiting the orphanage where Vasiliy lived. They began sharing the love of Christ with the children who most needed to hear that they were loved and cherished by the God Who made them. This team … Continue reading

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February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day: What It Should Mean to Christians

Valentine’s Day. Most people either love it or hate it. So what should it mean to people who love Jesus? Valentine’s Day–much like Santa at Christmas–began in legend with ties to a saint from early Christianity. Also like Santa and Christmas, Valentine’s Day has morphed into something completely different over time, leaving us where we are today with giving cards and candy and swimming in an almost nauseating sea of sentimentalism. Still, there is nothing wrong with celebrating love. In fact, for Christ-followers, love should be a big deal. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. –1 John 4:7-8 A question worth asking Particularly on a day like today when the whole world seems to be celebrating love, the question we ought to ask ourselves is this–“What love … Continue reading

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February 2, 2018

3 Powerful Ways You Can Help Preserve Vulnerable Families

Orphan care, foster care, and adoption are powerful ways to show love to children in need. That said, the best orphan care is orphan prevention. This month, we would like to focus our attention on children who will not be adopted. The world is filled with families who are struggling to stay together, yet who want to stay together. Imagine the grandmother who can no longer work but must feed and clothe the grandchildren in her care. Consider the mother who must single-handedly raise her six kids after Ebola took their father. These stories are not uncommon. Here are 3 powerful ways you can help preserve vulnerable families– 1. Sponsor a child. We believe God calls us to care for orphans and those who cannot care for themselves. Gospel-centered child sponsorship, then, is a great opportunity to change a child’s life, but it also has great potential to keep a … Continue reading

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January 31, 2018

2017: An Exciting Look Back

At Lifesong for Orphans we believe God calls us to care for orphans and those who cannot care for themselves—at home and abroad. To that end, we are more committed than ever to global orphan care, adoption, and foster care. In 2017, our resolve grew stronger, our supporters gave generously, and by the grace of God we took the love of Christ—in the form of the Gospel and daily care—to more children than ever before. A Few Highlights—   Her name literally meant “devil” when she was found by Lifesong staff in Cambodia. Today the staff provides Mary with healthy meals, proper clothing, and a safe place in which to grow, learn, and play. Mary has since transformed from a quiet, sad child to a bright and lively little girl. Even her name has changed. As the Nichols family pressed forward with their plans to adopt, expenses began to mount. … 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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November 10, 2017

In Memory of the Most Amazing Dad

November is National Adoption Month. I would like to celebrate my father, but it will look a little different this year. I will be honoring his memory rather than thanking him in person. You see, my father, Ronald Jay Kandel, passed away two weeks ago on October 25, 2017, following an farming accident. Dad was hands down the most amazing father to his children. He and my mom saved my life the day they chose to give me a home. I will forever be grateful to them for taking a chance on me. As the oldest of eight children they chose to love, accept and give a home to through adoption, I witnessed how they never gave up on their dream of providing a loving home to kids–biological, adopted, and fostered. At the time of his death, he was father to three biological, eight adopted, and four foster children. Adoption Day I will … Continue reading

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