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July 2, 2015

Singles and Orphan Care: Husband Not Required

  You’re single. You have a heart for orphans and want to get involved. You’re excited about the opportunity God has given you to follow after Him wholeheartedly and can barely believe you’ve been blessed with the freedom to seek adventure and take risks without the divided commitment of a spouse … right? Ok, so some days it may not feel that way. But it’s true! In 1 Corinthians 7 Paul tells us the married man is divided between following God’s call and his wife. This tells us that if you are unmarried, you have the freedom to run hard after the passions and gifts God has given you! No holding back. How exciting is that! The frustrating part of orphan care is that it is primarily a family ministry. People without families who desire to serve find themselves lost in how to even begin. I can’t adopt–I’m not married. I … 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 1, 2015

10 Simple Ways Your Church Can Serve Foster Families

Foster care is a Church problem, not a state child welfare problem. It is a Gospel issue first, not a government issue. The Church has both the duty and privilege to speak on behalf of and stand for the sake of those who cannot speak and stand for themselves because that is exactly what God has done for us through Jesus. That’s the Gospel. Kids in foster care are not the government’s kids, they are God’s kids and therefore the Church’s responsibility. In response, many families choose to submit to the laborious and often painstaking process of becoming licensed foster homes so that abused, neglected and marginalized kids can have a safe, nurturing and Jesus-centered place to find refuge and be loved. The work these families do is full of unbelievable difficulties and unspeakable joys. On a daily basis they carry both the weight of brokenness and the hope of … Continue reading

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March 20, 2015

Why Church Ministries Should be at CAFO2015

Welcome back to our a month-long series anticipating the Christian Alliance for Orphans’ CAFO2015 Summit coming up April 30-May 1. We’ve asked several individuals to speak on their experiences and the impact seen through God’s amazing grace on this special event. We invite you to follow along each Friday of March (& don’t miss out on the awesome Book Bundle GIVEAWAY below!). Read along today as church ministry leader, Steve Klein, talks about the benefits of church ministries to be present at CAFO2015 Summit… “Just like adoption or foster care, church ministries need support, resources and encouragement from those who have walked the road before them.  As a church ministry leader of our adoption, foster & orphan care ministry for the last seven years, we have grown to know how important it is to have others to lean on, give you advice, provide direction and be able to share ideas … 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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February 24, 2014

Helping Churches Fund Adoptions {Advocate Opportunity}

This post is part of a series on various Advocate Opportunities available through Lifesong for Orphans. We welcome you to explore and pray through these opportunities, moving forwards as the Lord leads you to be become a voice for children in your community and around the world. To see past posts, click here. I am deeply grateful for God’s grace in Lifesong…I wholeheartedly recommend Lifesong to churches who want to express the love of the Father to the fatherless here and around the world. –David Platt, Senior Pastor, The Church at Brook Hills Welcome to another Advocate Opportunity highlight! This month we will be focusing on one aspect of our Church Partnerships. There are many different ways a church or ministry can partner with Lifesong, ranging from adoption funding assistance to orphan care involvement to foster care support. This month we are going to focus specifically on the adoption funding portion of this partnership, … Continue reading

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March 18, 2013

“Until every orphan is cared for…” // Summit 9

Listen in as Francis Chan talks about how we as Christians need to mimic God’s love for the orphans and how Summit 9 is an amazing place to start to equip and ignite ourselves and our churches to follow His call. Listen in…   Featured speakers & musicians include Randy Alcorn, David Platt, Michele Bachmann, Dennis Rainey, Nicole C Mullins, Peter Eide and more! Find full lists of content-rich sessions below by track:     Art, Advocacy and Orphans Building Church Orphan Ministries Child Welfare Professionals Engaging Effectively for Foster Youth Engaging Effectively for Orphans Worldwide Hague for Adoption Service Professionals Hague for Prospective Adoptive Parents Help for Adoptive & Foster Families Loving Children with Special Needs Maximizing the Impact of Your Ministry Pastors & Church Leaders Strengthening the Family The Global Church Stay tuned for next month when we let you know Lifesong’s breakout session, booth location & some … Continue reading

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