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May 28, 2014

3 Ways to Care for Unadoptable Orphans

Adoption. It’s such a beautiful gift God first gave us through Christ, welcoming us to be His forever family. In mimicking that love, we too, can also give adoption to children in need of family. Thankfully, we have seen this happening in the Church today as God ignites hearts to mimic His love. As we hear the staggering statistics of vulnerable children throughout the world and dig in deeper to care for the orphan, we will find that many orphans, because of various reasons, are unadoptable. But, adoptable or not, the call remains the same: to love, care and defend the fatherless. So what are ways that we can love children without family around the world? Last week, we asked our followers on #ParentsSpeak how their families love unadoptable orphans and this is what they said… 3 Ways to Care for Unadoptable Orphans: Go – How can we love them if … Continue reading

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May 6, 2014

Were you at CAFO2014?

Wow, what a amazing couple of days our staff had up in Chicago last week at the 10th annual Christian Alliance for Orphans’ Summit at Willowcreek Church. Try to imagine with me the energy and passion of a group of 2700 orphan advocates! I can not wait to see what God is stirring in each of our hearts to assist Him in defending the orphans cause! One of my favorite moments of the whole event was during the evening session on Thursday night. While we were hearing from top experts like Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr Russell Moore and more, we had a little break and our emcee for the conference led the entire congregation of orphan advocates in a beautiful acapella chorus of “Our God is an Awesome God”. Because isn’t that the heart behind all our efforts? Our advocacy, our fundraising, our journeys are all because we serve a God … Continue reading

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March 19, 2014

Pray for Orphans {CAFO2014}

 This post is part of a month long blog series, Pray for CAFO2014. To read previous post, click here. Thanks for joining us for another week of Praying for CAFO2014. We were encouraged by the response and prayers last week and ask you to come around His throne again this week to pray for specifically for orphans, the reasons CAFO2014 will assemble. As we prepare for this powerful conferences, pray that God’s love for the orphan would be in us. Join us in praying for orphans…  Pray for Hope. Father, we know that You know every orphan by name. We pray that You would give those who are vulnerable a steadfast hope in You through Your Spirit. Place Your people around them to tell them of Christ and the peaceful HOPE that is found in Him. Pray for Healing. God, we pray for children who are hurting. Those who have … Continue reading

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February 17, 2014

Giving Hope to the Hopeless {Lifesong Ukraine}

Please enjoy this update from Lifesong Ukraine…   One of our recent highlights was a camp for children with special needs at our camp horse farm. It was a great week for the children who don’t have much in this life! Not much in terms of what State run institution offers as well and what future holds for them. The State Social Care Program is designed to keep them in the orphanage until they are 28-30 and then transfer them to a State nursing home to live until they pass away. Many of these children have down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy or other mental disorders. But, many of them are very smart and capable to function in our society, requiring some supervision. Most importantly, we see that many of them understand God’s plan and are very receptive to the Gospel.    Horse therapy is one of the key elements of the program with these … Continue reading

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August 7, 2013

Businesses Giving Back

Coming off of our Be a Light summer blog series, you may feel like you were drinking from a fire hydrant. We shared all kinds of information, resources, books and links that may have left you thinking…“Well, what does being a light look like for ME?” And that is a good question; one that need to be prayed through, thought out and discussed. It will look different for each of us and that’s ok. Sometimes in our own journey, it’s helpful to have examples that can guide us in what it looks like to be a light. With that theme still in mind, I thought it would be great to share with you one of our Orphan Advocates who is amazing example of someone who is being  light to children in need through their business. I don’t highlight him to lift him up or put his family and business on a pedestal, … Continue reading

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July 29, 2013

Advocate // 5 Ways YOU can be a Light to a Child in Need

This is post is part of a summer blog series titled, “5 Ways You can be a Light to a Child in Need”. To read previous post, click here.  “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.”Proverbs 31:8-9 Today is the last post of our summer blog series “5 Ways YOU can be a Light to a Child in Need”. I must say, I am so thankful for the overwhelming response on the last post featuring adoption; I loved reading each comment and hearing your heart for the orphan. I’m honored you would choose to join this conversation. For our last, but certainly not least, post we will talk about the role of an advocate. One thing I really like about the word “advocate” is that it is both a noun and a verb. I am … Continue reading

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April 24, 2013

One Less Orphan… // Lifesong Ethiopia

We invite you to share a word of encouragement to our staff at Lifesong Ethiopia. To do so, please comment on the blog or on our Facebook wall and it will be forwarded to our staff. Thank you in advance for your kind words of support! Update from Lifesong Ethiopia… Meet Beza, 7th grade student at Lifesong Ethiopia who needs a sponsor. Tragically, when Beza was only a 5th grader, she was raped and became pregnant.  Because of Lifesong she was able to receive medical care and safely deliver her son. She currently lives with her mother and brother.  On less than $1 a day making injera, the Ethiopian bread staple, she [Alemeneshe, Beza’s mom] works to provide fresh milk for the baby. They keep the milk in a thermos because they are too poor to own a refrigerator.   Thankfully, Beza is now attending the Lifesong Ethiopia School and realizes that her future has … Continue reading

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