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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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January 4, 2017

The Most Important Story: 2016 in Review

As we reflect on God’s goodness in 2016 … We are grateful beyond measure for your continued love and support for orphaned and vulnerable children around the world. We are also quick to remember that the most important stories are not easily communicated on charts or as statistics–children trusting Christ for salvation, volunteers sacrificing precious time, widows praying earnestly for the fatherless, missionaries choosing faithfulness on the field, donors giving sacrificially–that make the ministry possible every single day. UPDATE: Thank YOU for helping meet the match! Our goal: $1,ooo,ooo. What happened: You contributed $1,205,330 to help children and families. We praise God for His faithfulness–and yours–in exceeding our goal! Thank you for being a critical part of the mission of Lifesong. We look forward to what God allows us to accomplish together this year.   Take the next step in 2017. Join Lifesong by creatively and practically caring for orphans around the world through one of our many exciting … Continue reading

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November 9, 2016

Redeeming Infertility | National Adoption Month

The life of a Christian is spent in constant redemption. Just like we redeem a coupon at the grocery store, trading in a tattered little piece of paper we ripped out of a newspaper or magazine for 55¢ off a can of green beans, we trade in worthless, tattered bits of our life for something valuable. That cut-out little piece of paper is worth nothing in our hands–it clutters the bottom of our purse, it gets stuck in a coupon file until it’s too late and out of date–or it may remain unclipped in a stack of papers. I usually stick it with a magnet to the fridge where it mocks me and makes me feel guilty for not being more organized. It often remains there until I can’t handle its scornful face any longer, convince myself it isn’t worth the trouble, and throw it away. I’m just not any … Continue reading

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October 21, 2016

How Adoption Is Brokenness and Love | Family Friday

Tears of joy and tears of grief. Adoption is born out of both brokenness and love. Going back to our adoption day video, 2-year-old Caidyn was handed to us by a cheerful nanny who had been our son’s most beloved caretaker in Tianjin, China. While our eyes were fixed on Caidyn easily coming to his mommy, the camera was recording. The camera captured the grief and pain written across Ms. Ma’s face, knowing she would never seen Caidyn again. As a foster family ourselves, we are familiar with the grief when a child leaves the last time. This transition is bittersweet, we see the transition involving the broken and the loved. This was one of many motivators in our pursuit of international adoption and for our sweet boy, Caidyn. Nearly 20 years ago a seed was planted in my heart to adopt. I experienced the pain of a wrecked family … Continue reading

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April 20, 2016

The Forgotten Initiative | Mission Moments

The Forgotten Initiative Celebrates 5 Years! We invite you to celebrate with us the goodness of God as The Forgotten Initiative (TFI)–the foster care ministry of Lifesong for Orphans–celebrates 5 years of bringing joy and purpose to the foster care community around the country! In 2009, God led Jami Kaeb, a busy wife and mom, to walk into her local state foster care agency and truly see the need of the fatherless in her community. Jami knew she could not fix everything for every child, but she also knew God delights in using willing servants with empty hands. She petitioned family and friends to help, and God did incredible things. It’s not that the church doesn’t care. The church doesn’t necessarily know how to help or that this community even exists.–Jami Kaeb God used the effort of one person who wanted to impact her community and–just as He did with … Continue reading

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April 13, 2016

Empowered to Connect: 5 Valuable Take-aways

Editor’s note: Several weeks ago the decision was made to publish a post at the conclusion of the Empowered to Connect Conference this past weekend (April 7-8). The conference was a success, and we returned to the daily grind with no idea that God would call Dr. Karyn Purvis (director of TCU) into His presence just 3 days after her conference concluded. We have chosen to proceed with the post below because we believe it has the ability to encourage and inspire families to love children from tough places–which is what Dr. Purvis so successfully gave her life to accomplish.   Ask any of the thousands of people who attended Empowered to Connect over the weekend and you’ll receive just as many answers to the question, “What practical ideas will you take away from the conference?” Here are 5 potential responses: 1. “Do not go after a gnat with an … Continue reading

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