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April 5, 2017

How to Breathe Life into Your Church Adoption Culture

Adoptive families crave authentic, supportive community, and there should be no better place to find it than in the local church. Plain and simply, when families step into foster care and adoption, they enter the pain and suffering of another human being. In doing so, they often become the brokenhearted. In taking on the burdens once belonging solely to the child in their care, parents become the weary, discouraged, and overwhelmed in need of a timely word or helping hand. The church, by its very definition, exists for hurting people and should be the safest place for families to find the hope that exists in Christ. Here are 3 ways to breathe life into your church’s adoption culture– 1. Encourage truth. The “How are you? —Fine” scenario is cliche in our culture, but it shouldn’t be the pattern in our church family. As foster/adoptive parents bring wounded children into the church assembly–some of whom … Continue reading

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February 20, 2017

Our Motivation for Social Justice in 7 Quotes

Today is World Day of Social Justice. Here is our motivation for social justice in 7 quotes. #1 “The Great Commission was clearly and definitively not a call to sit back and stay silent in a world of sin, evil, and suffering. From the very beginning, Christ designed for His disciples to run toward need–not away from it–to engage culture, not to ignore it. Yet, the church may be one of the only organizations in the world to define success according to what we don’t do.” —David Platt, President of the IMB and founder of Radical Read the full post by David Platt: Children and the Great Commission. #2 “What is our goal in fighting for justice? The same as Jesus’s when he healed the sick: to glorify God, bring joy to the hurting, and point to the glorious kingdom where sickness and suffering will be no more. Imperfect justice now … Continue reading

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February 13, 2017

How to Strengthen Your Marriage on the Fostering or Adoption Journey

Dennis and Barbara Rainey know a thing or two about how to preserve and even strengthen a marriage while doing the hard work of caring for the world’s most vulnerable. They’ve been married over 40 years and have 6 grown children, one of whom is adopted. Additionally, they lead Family Life, a multi-faceted ministry to families. So when they shared their tips for cultivating a healthy marriage while fostering or adopting, we listened. Here are 2 points to keep in mind, as well as 4 practical suggestions– 1. Your marriage must be built to outlast your children. Whether our children are biological, fostered, or adopted, they will challenge us, and our marriage must be built to withstand the challenges. Why? If our relationship with God or our spouse suffers, it negatively impacts our marriage as well as the children we are trying to care for and love. Stepping into the foster … Continue reading

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January 27, 2017

The Single Greatest Solution for Kids in Need

Spend 5 minutes with Jedd Medefind, President for the Christian Alliance for Orphans, and you will learn one thing very quickly: Jedd is an energetic, passionate advocate for children in need. He and his team are tirelessly preparing for this year’s CAFO Summit where attendees from 30 countries are expected to attend. Recently, he agreed to sit down with Jami Kaeb, founder/director of The Forgotten Initiative, Lifesong’s ministry to the foster care community, for an interview on The Forgotten Podcast. As part of their discussion, they talked about the single greatest solution in foster care and adoption–to see the church become God’s answer for kids in need–both here in the U.S. and around the world. There is nothing more beautiful than Christians who look like Jesus–who, despite their imperfections, are seeking to love others as they have been loved … in caring for kids that the world has pushed to the side. –Jedd Medefind … Continue reading

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January 13, 2017

3 Upcoming Conferences You Won’t Want to Miss

A new year means exciting new conferences. Here are 3 you should put on your calendar for 2017. 1. Refresh Conference.  Refresh is a Christian conference designed for foster and adoptive parents, kinship providers, grandparents, and others who care for God’s orphaned and vulnerable children. We understand first-hand that this journey can be difficult and lonely. The Refresh Conference is a time for you to escape from the distractions and chaos of life and be refreshed, equipped, and inspired. Dates and Location: Redmond, Washington – March 3-4, 2017 (with pre-conference workshops on March 2, 2017) To register, click here. 2. Empowered to Connect Conference. Empowered To Connect, together with Show Hope and The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, hosts the Empowered To Connect Conference — a two-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to … Continue reading

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May 11, 2016

5 Things to Take Away from CAFO2016

The yearly CAFO Summit has become the national hub for what Christianity Today called, “the burgeoning Christian orphan care movement.” This year’s conference–like those before it–was a success, drawing hundreds of foster, adoptive, and orphan advocates from around the world. Together with pastors and leaders we explored relevant topics and prayed to the Father of the fatherless on behalf of the forgotten. Here are 5 statements from #CAFO2016 that resonated with listeners– 1. “Why are we here? It is not guilt or duty or even idealism that draws us here. We love because He first loved us.” (Jedd Medefind). This same truth that motivated us to attend CAFO Summit should motivate us to love and serve the fatherless every day. We do it because He did it. 2. “It isn’t the grandeur or the girth. It’s the growing, stretching, and reaching under the surface. To persevere, the Sequoia grows down, not up.” (Jedd Medefind). Each … Continue reading

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February 24, 2016

You Are Invited: 3 Reasons to Go to CAFO2016 Summit

As the newly minted Communications Coordinator here at Lifesong for Orphans, I was given the opportunity to attend last year’s CAFO (Christian Alliance for Orphans) Summit in Spring 2015. I had no idea what to expect, but as an adoptee and an adoptive parent, I was hopeful I would come away from the conference with personal takeaways as well as professional. I could never have anticipated how God would use the conference in my life. If you have a heart for the fatherless, here are 3 reasons I believe you should make every effort to attend CAFO2016 Summit: 1. You will be encouraged. The foster care/adoption journey can be isolating. I get it. My husband and I spent 30 months stuck in adoption limbo after being matched with our oldest son, and our story is not entirely unique. Last year’s conference drew 2,500 foster and adoptive parents, orphan advocates, pastors, and leaders … Continue reading

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