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Latest News Tag: Orphans

November 1, 2017

13 Famous People Who Were Adopted

Since adoption receives negative publicity at times, it’s nice to read about adoptees who grew up to do interesting or extraordinary things with their lives. Here are 13 examples. Important to note, while these names are largely recognizable, every life is equally valued in the eyes of God. Every child who was fostered and/or adopted has the capacity to impact generations regardless of whether or not the world takes note. 1. Babe Ruth He and his sister were sent to the orphanage at a young age. The good news? It was there that he met Brother Matthias who taught and encouraged him to play baseball. A talent scout became his legal guardian, and Ruth spent 22 record-breaking seasons playing ball. He eventually became one of America’s greatest baseball players … as well as an adoptive dad. 2. Eleanor Roosevelt By age 15, Roosevelt was a double orphan who was then adopted by her grandmother. Roosevelt would grow up … Continue reading

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October 30, 2017

Little Li Hou’s Big Decision | Cambodia & Thailand Update

Because of your support and prayer, God is doing exciting things at Lifesong Cambodia & Thailand. Take a look– 14-year-old Chris became sponsored in February of this year during our Valentine’s campaign to #LoveOne. He is a wonderful young man who loves God and has prayed faithfully for his grandmother to accept Jesus into her life. The good news?–God was pleased to answer his request and now, not only does Chris’s grandmother know Jesus, but so does his uncle and several other members of his family.   Because of some recently donated equipment and new partnerships, Lifesong Cambodia and Thailand will soon begin a new soccer program for children in Bangpli! Not only will this provide a great time of play for kids, but–Lord-willing–it will create many additional opportunities to give the Gospel and to provide discipleship.   Recently, we were excited to rejoice in many recent baptisms, including Li Hou, a precious … Continue reading

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October 23, 2017

Cakes and Donuts and Pies! | Liberia Update

The aroma of fresh-baked bread or cookies … These days, you can follow your nose to Lifesong Liberia’s vocational classes where the girls are learning to bake. Over 20 of our girls from both the Rehab and Marshall homes are participating in a baking/catering unit as part of our vocational programming. The girls are enjoying hands-on training–producing doughnuts, cakes, gingerbread, cornbread, meat pies, and kala (which is a local Liberian pastry).   The classes are held twice a week after school and five days a week during summer break. An added benefit to this class is that they are able to sell some of what they make at our school snack shop. The proceeds are then used to buy more ingredients for the class. The baking class has been very popular, and the girls have continued to practice their new skills by producing pastries for breakfast at the homes. We are … Continue reading

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October 9, 2017

“I Don’t Want This Child” | Ukraine Country Update

My name is Svetya and I am 22 years old. When I was one year old, my mom left me in a baby house. She simply brought me to the orphanage and said, “I don’t want this child.” After staying there for six years, I was transferred to another orphanage in Sakhnovshchyna where I lived and studied for ten years. Later, I moved to the Louboutin orphanage where I finished high school. My biggest childhood dream was to have loving, caring parents. It was a big burden for me. With particular joy, I would always wait for the Lifesong team to visit us in the orphanages (in Sakhno and Louboutin). I loved spending time with the team, playing games, learning new and meaningful things for my life. Most importantly, they brought the light of the Gospel into the orphanage and our hearts. . Over the years God would persistently knock … Continue reading

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October 2, 2017

A Powerful Story of Redemption for a Little Girl | Cambodia Update

Four-year-old Mary was not always named “Mary.”  Her given name literally meant “devil” when she and her brother were found by Lifesong staff in Cambodia six months ago, a telling description of the struggle within Mary’s family. But no child escapes God’s care, and our Heavenly Father had big plans to rescue Mary from the grasp of the Enemy and place her safely in the love and care of people who understand their own redemption as sons and daughters of God. Sponsors like you quickly stepped forward to help provide Mary with healthy meals, proper clothing, and a safe place in which to grow, learn, and play. And in response to this Gospel love and provision, Mary transformed from a quiet, sad child to a bright and lively little girl. Many children in the sponsorship program change–physically, emotionally, and spiritually–in response to the love of Christ. In Mary’s case, even her name changed. She … Continue reading

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September 12, 2017

4 Exciting Orphan Sunday Resources

  Orphan Sunday is coming … the day Christians around the globe stand together for the orphan … and YOU are invited to participate. *Note: If you’ve never heard of Orphan Sunday–or want to learn more about it–click here. November 12 will be here before we know it, so now is the time to consider what God may have each of us to do. Use any of these 4 resources to build your own event– 1. Event map Stand and be counted! And let others find your church. Add your event or activity to the OrphanSunday.org map and let others find you on Orphan Sunday. Or, if you are not leading an event or activity, search for one in your area. No matter how big or small, add to the echo of Orphan Sunday around the world. 2. Video library Watch or share videos created by the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) that will inspire you on … Continue reading

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August 11, 2017

How to Teach Your Kids to Care for the Fatherless

If we truly believe everybody can do something to care for orphans, this means even our children have something to contribute. But, like most important life lessons, our kids must be taught that caring for the fatherless is an important task and that they have an important role. Here are 3 ways we can teach our sons and daughters to care about orphans and vulnerable children– 1. Study the Bible together. The most powerful words on the subject of caring for people in need are God’s words. It is always most impactful to allow God’s Word to speak for itself. So we should take our children to the Bible–together–to see what it has to say about the fatherless and our responsibility to care for the poor and needy among us. Here are 5 places to start: Psalm 140:12, Proverbs 14:31, Isaiah 1:17, Proverbs 19:17, Jeremiah 5:28. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and … Continue reading

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