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April 21, 2017

From God, For God | Watch a Family’s Adoption Video

Our thanks to Ben & Amanda for sharing this video! My name is Amanda. I was 11 years old when God put the call on my heart to adopt. When a high school mentor spoke to our fifth grade class about her goals, including adopting a child, I was convinced. This new idea of adoption instantly became my passion–a passion I’ve carried in my heart for years. When my husband, Ben, and I began the process of adopting our child, my parents sent us two gifts–a teddy bear and a stuffed giraffe. We did not know if we would be welcoming a boy or a girl, or where in the age spectrum of zero to three years our child would fall. For years we underwent home studies and gathered official documents. But in case I ever needed a reminder of what all this work was for, I had the teddy … Continue reading

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April 7, 2017

Why One Couple Chose to Adopt a Child with Special Needs

Dear Lifesong, “Conlan, come hooooome!” our 4-year-old son, Lachlan, cried out for months. And now, he is. Conlan made us into a family of four in April 2016 and we are so thankful for the Lord’s provision in our journey to and through adoption. Lachlan was actually one of the catalysts in our pursuit of special needs adoption. Born with a rare brain malformation and muscular dystrophy, his intrinsic value, no matter how long his list of diagnoses grows, is God-breathed, and we are joyful and thankful for his life. We wanted to be family for another child whose needs might be considered daunting, knowing that it’s not by our own strength that we forge through uncharted seas. And while we know the real journey has only begun, we are so grateful that Conlan is finally home. He’s a nurturing, silly, observant 3-year-old who fits so well with our family. … Continue reading

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March 31, 2017

The Impact of an Unexpected Meeting

God’s hand was all over our journey to Hezekiah. I can barely contain the tears of gratefulness when I reflect on any part of it. When my husband and I became aware of this particular situation involving special needs, we had that peace that surpasses understanding. It wasn’t that we didn’t see or understand all of the potential medical problems or developmental challenges; we saw those, but– God’s grace was sufficient in our weakness, just as He promised it would be. When we looked at the $35,000 agency fee and knew we didn’t have enough money, we trusted that God would either provide us the miraculous outpouring of funds or He would give us the self-discipline and wisdom to pay off the debt. An Unexpected Meeting The day we found out his mother wanted us to be his forever family we sent an email to all of our family and friends … Continue reading

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March 17, 2017

What Is the Limit to God’s Provision?

My name is Christy. Growing up, my family went to the annual fundraiser for a local children’s home, which made me aware of the great need of children without families. Adoption was something God placed on my heart from an early age and continued to remind me of periodically. During college, I traveled to Peru on a mission trip and also had the opportunity to volunteer with local elementary schools in a high-need part of the city. Adoption was something Rafael and I had discussed prior to getting married. As a police officer in a major metropolitan city, Rafael also understood the great need for children to be in safe, caring families. While we weren’t sure exactly where we were going to adopt from or where the funds would come from, we knew God was calling us to adopt and began researching different options. Originally, we researched adopting from Latin … Continue reading

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March 3, 2017

The Grit and Grace of a Failed Adoption

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Our first adoption failed in-country. We found out the boy we had cared for over a 5-month period, who we had been introduced to as “Mama” and “Papa” and who had met our parents and family members who visited us in Nicaragua would be returning to his grandparents. The struggle went on for another month as we tried to figure out the reasoning behind the decision. We prayed, we wrote letters, we explored every avenue we could find to keep him. As the truth unfolded, it became clear that we would have to give back this child we had adopted into our hearts and lives. It was heart wrenching and the hardest thing either of us has ever had to do. Sleep was our only rest, and the morning brought with it the weight of our responsibility and grief. Yet (and with God there is always a “Yet”) as grief … Continue reading

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February 24, 2017

Book Review: The Orphan, The Widow & Me

Few stories have as much potential to change the way we live as those where God redeems deep heartache for His glorious, eternal purposes. Such is the case with JT Olson’s The Orphan, the Widow & Me. When 12-year-old JT became an orphan after a horrific accident, he couldn’t possibly have understood what God had in store–how the God he did not yet know planned to redeem every bit of the hurt, grief, confusion, and loneliness to impact thousands of families, children, and widows for generations to come. But that’s often how God chooses to work–in the details we don’t fully comprehend. As The Orphan, the Widow & Me demonstrates clearly page after riveting page, often God delights to draw the straightest lines from our deepest griefs to our greatest opportunities. As JT grew, so too did his heart for the vulnerable. His own journey of adopting his daughter, Grace, in China gave him deeper insight into the emotional and financial hurdles … Continue reading

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February 17, 2017

4 Years to the Minute | Family Friday

What a journey! We felt led to adopt back in November 2011, and for various reasons we quickly decided to pursue adoption from Haiti. At that time we believed that the finances would be the most challenging mountain to climb as we expected that the adoption would cost over $24,000. But with a few creative fundraisers, some help from friends, and some serious penny pinching we found that the finances were the easy part! We struggled for 4 ½ years (mostly with US immigration) to bring Manuchka home. God clearly taught us about patience and hope in seasons of pain. Fact: Where God leads, God provides. We have so many examples of God’s provision. 1) Our garage sale raised $14,000. 2) We experienced countless times where we had a deadline to submit evidence to the Department of Homeland Security and God provided just at the last moment to prevent our denial. 3) After having trouble … Continue reading

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