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January 4, 2016

See How Your Giving Impacted Lives in 2015!

Once again, we are humbled by God’s goodness. What you see below is not just an impressive collection of numbers, though we stand in awe of everything God has done. More than that, the statistics below reflect an unwavering commitment to vulnerable children and families around the world, as well as an unapologetic passion for sharing the gospel and love of Jesus. Thank you for taking part in this mission. Here’s what your prayers and gifts have done–  So, again–from the bottom of our hearts–thank you. And since there is still work to be done, we ask you to continue praying for the fatherless and donating to the projects that reach them with the hope of the gospel.

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November 20, 2015

7 Ways You Can Encourage an Adopting Family in Your Church

As Christians we often hear that not everyone is called to adopt, but we’re all called to do something. And while few of us would disagree with that sentiment, even fewer of us know what the do something really entails. Here are 7 ways you can encourage an adopting family in your church (as suggested by families who have adopted): 1. Refrain from making assumptions. It’s entirely possible the adopting family in your church isn’t infertile, for instance, and it’s statistically probable the adopted child was dearly loved by her birth mother. While adoption creates many questions and leaves many uncertainties, one of the kindest things we can do to support the adopting families in our church or community is to love them without entertaining (or voicing) unhelpful assumptions. 2. Treat children equally. Especially in adopting families or church classrooms where both biological and adopted children are present, it is helpful to treat the children … Continue reading

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September 21, 2015

Reversing the Orphan Crisis

Shosha’s Story. Sid and Jayne always knew they wanted to adopt. Like many couples who pursue adoption, they planned to have biological children first and then begin the adoption process. That all changed when they met and instantly loved Shosha. Shosha was diagnosed with a hole in the wall of her heart that separates the right and left ventricles. Though it was successfully repaired by a Chinese surgeon when Shosha was a year old, she received a grim diagnosis. She would never be active, and her lifespan would be short.  Sid and Jayne had many questions–not because they were deciding whether or not to adopt Shosha, but to learn how best to care for her. Sid and Jayne enlisted the help of the Chosen & Dearly Loved Foundation to bring their daughter home. After adopting Shosha, something incredible happened. Her energy grew by leaps and bounds and now she can keep … Continue reading

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June 25, 2015

7 Ways Your Church Can Serve the Fatherless

We talk a lot about churches serving the fatherless. Sunday School classes discuss it and entire Orphan Sundays are dedicated to the topic. But orphan care shouldn’t just be a ministry option within the church. It should be a mission of the entire body. What does it look like for the church as a whole to serve the fatherless on a regular basis? Here are 7 ideas: 1. Pray. The significance of depending on God for orphan care is that His love–and not our guilt–becomes our greatest motivation. Here at Lifesong, we are always looking for churches and individuals to join our prayer team. Would you consider praying with us? 2. Give. Did you know that one of the greatest (if not the greatest) barrier to families in your church adopting is money? Whether you can only give a little or your church can give a lot, we’d love to serve you through a no … Continue reading

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April 3, 2015

Carrying on a Legacy {Family Friday}

Our adoption story started a long time ago. When my mother was growing up, my grandparents opened their home to dozens of children in the foster care system. They modeled selfless love by putting feet to the gospel and giving sacrificially of what little they had. My husband Josh and I wanted to carry on their legacy in our own family.  Through their example, God placed the desire in our hearts to adopt.  In 2006 and 2009, God blessed us with our two biological sons, Luke and Colby.  In 2011, we began to feel God directing us to begin our adoption process.  This was a daunting thought for us because we didn’t know where to start or how to finance it.  But, as He always does, God continued to guide us and provide for us.  We were soon matched with a birthmother in Florida who had chosen an adoption plan … Continue reading

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January 30, 2015

He clearly led us to this place… {Family Friday}

We began our adoption process in January of 2011, expecting to adopt a child from the country of Haiti. We began working with Lifesong in late spring or early summer of 2011 – by receiving a matching grant from our local church and also fundraising assistance.  In early 2012 God closed the door on that adoption and we spent several months prayerfully considering our options. God used a dear friend of ours, who is a fellow adoptive parent and has been blessed to work with Lifesong, to introduce us to an amazing lady to runs a special needs orphanage in Ghana called Beacon House. In the fall of 2012 we applied to adopt through Beacon House and in April of 2013 we had passed court and were well on our way to bringing our son home. We hit a few paperwork snags, but in February of 2014 his visa was … Continue reading

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January 14, 2015

Ways to Use Your Adoption Fund

It is our joy to partner with over 340 churches and ministries in 42 states across the United States as we help administer their Adoption Funds. As you may know, Adoption Funds typically have been a resource for adoptive families to help bridge the financial barrier of adoption through creative adoption funding. And while that is still a primary function of our Adoption Funds, we have seen churches wanting to go beyond adoption and use their funds to help families around the world. Ways You Can Use Your Adoption Adoption Adoption Funding – giving adoption funding (grants and/or interest free loans) to couples in your church  Outside the Walls – financially supporting adoptive families beyond your church — families from your city or state Adoption Without Borders – helping Ukraine Christian couples adopt indigenously through adoption funding Post Adoption Support – providing the cost to give post-adoption counseling to transitioning and struggling adoptive families Orphan Care Partnership … Continue reading

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