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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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September 8, 2017

When the Plans Suddenly Change | Family Friday

After trying and unsuccessfully being matched 3 times for a little girl in the Philippines, we felt like God was telling us to let our adoption plans go and to wait on Him. As a mom, I knew that when the timing was right, the right child would “fall in our laps” and it probably wouldn’t be exactly as I had planned. I knew this because God typically laughs at my plans. So we put our plans on hold and moved on, and life got busy and stressful. That’s why when we received our referral it came as a shock. We had no “irons in the fire,” but God dropped a referral in our laps out of nowhere just as I knew He would. You’d have thought I would have jumped for joy but the referral wasn’t the child I had picked out for myself, and to be honest, moving forward with … 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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August 4, 2017

7 Easy Ways to Educate Your Church About Adoption

It is often said that adoption takes a village, and it does! But specifically–Biblically–it takes the Church. If you are looking to expand your Church family’s knowledge of or involvement with adoption, here are 7 ways to do so– 1. Welcome the questions. Anyone who has or was adopted knows adoption attracts questions and comments of all kinds. If we want the Church to care more about adoption, we should do everything in our power to welcome the questions, regardless of what they are–because it indicates a desire to learn and it creates a context for conversation. Note: This doesn’t mean we need to share things that are too personal (or that make us or our children feel uncomfortable), but we should creatively answer questions in a way that welcomes dialogue and educates the person who is asking. 2. Celebrate Orphan Sunday. On Sunday, November 12, 2017, thousands of events will happen across America and around the globe, all … Continue reading

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July 3, 2017

Who Is the Orphan in America?

When you hear “orphan in America,” who comes to mind? The truth may surprise you. Since the United States lacks traditional orphanages it can be easy to believe that our country is void of orphaned children (whether literal or social). Yet, in reality, the need to love and care for vulnerable children in our country is vast and growing greater all the time. Since many–if not most–of today’s orphans in the U.S. can be found in foster care, here are 3 facts to consider about children in the system: 1. 428,000 children are in foster care in the U.S. Consider this: The 4 largest football stadiums in the United States could be filled to capacity and still not hold all the children who are currently in the system. FYI: Roughly 102,000 of these children are currently eligible for adoption. 2. 8 is the average age of a child in foster care in the U.S. According to milestones established by professionals, … Continue reading

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June 9, 2017

When the Surprise Is a Son by Saturday | Family Friday

While still living in Guatemala as missionaries, we felt a clear call to return to the U.S. to pursue adoption. After arriving home, we began our home study in June of 2015. I remember asking our worker about the timeline. She commented that no later than October, she would have our study completed. I remember thinking, “Wow! As early as October, we need to be ready.” However, with our first adoption taking about 2 years, I didn’t really think anything would happen that quickly. You can imagine my surprise, getting a call from our worker on a Tuesday, just weeks after the home study was done, asking if we would consider an emergency placement of a 3 year old boy, who needed a home by Saturday! We needed to decide if we wanted our profile to be presented to the birth mom THAT night! Then, if she selected us, we … Continue reading

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April 26, 2017

Life Touching Life: How to Create a Culture of Commitment

The statistics are sobering. 75% of foster parents no longer foster after their first placement, and as many as 1 out of 4 adoptions dissolve or disrupt. Fostering and adopting is hard work, plain and simply. But our relational God made us to be relational, and created a way for families to be encouraged while doing the hard, daily work of loving the fatherless and vulnerable. His solution?–the Church. When a church family wholeheartedly commits to its fostering and adoptive families for the long haul, children are best positioned to succeed. But it often begins with an organized, committed adoption/foster care ministry within the church. Here are 3 specific guidelines for creating a culture of commitment in your adoption/foster care ministry– 1. Connect. Foster and adoptive parents cannot thrive in isolation. Goal: Create an environment where families feel connected–connected to the adoption/foster care ministry, yes, but more importantly, connected to each other. The only thing that grows well in the dark … Continue reading

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