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November 8, 2017

5 Things to Pray for Your Child’s Birth Parents

Every time I kiss my son’s silky black hair or hold his little hand, I am reminded that somewhere in the world, a set of parents is missing out on the same opportunity. I do not know anything about my son’s birth parents–what prompted them to abandon their baby just days after his birth, or if they are still alive today. That said, I recognize that adoption is complicated. In some cases, the child’s parents have died. In other cases, the child’s biological parents couldn’t or didn’t want to parent and no biological caretakers were able to help. Yet in still other cases, children are placed for adoption because their birth parents felt it was in their best interest or they could not care for them physically, emotionally, or mentally. The number of scenarios is as endless as the number of children in need of family. Regardless, with hope in my heart for their well-being, here are … Continue reading

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September 29, 2017

Does God Ever Finally Say “Yes”? | Family Friday

Six months ago, my phone rang and a voice I’d never heard before announced she was the adoption attorney and she had good news for me. (Don’t forget to read the first part of this story, An Open Letter to Infertility.) I stood up really quickly and kind of choked out the words, “GOOD news?” I needed to hear it again because for three years, every adoption lead and follow-up had been what we’d call NOT good news. And we were tired. Our daughter, almost five and also adopted, was even growing weary in her prayers. “I keep asking God for a baby and maybe He will just say NO.” We struggled to sympathize and also draw her attention to the reality that God’s “no” ought to be dearer to us than our push for “yes.” It was a struggle for us all. So I was in disbelief at the … 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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September 6, 2017

Is God Calling Your Family to Adopt?

Having been adopted and also having adopted, it’s one of the most frequent questions I am asked–“How do I know if I’m supposed to adopt?” It’s a good question with a complicated answer. Here’s the short answer: You (and potentially your spouse) know in your heart what God wants or does not want you to do. But here are 3 additional thoughts– 1. Your contribution is needed. No, adopting is not a requirement for someone who loves Jesus any more than going to the mission field is a requirement for someone who loves the Great Commission, but caring for children in need is as much required of you as is sharing the Gospel. The Great Commission and the admonition to care for the fatherless are equally Scriptural. You have something to contribute. If it’s not adoption, what is it? Consider this: If you feel the pull of God on your heart to do something to help fatherless … 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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June 26, 2017

See a Family Recently Reunited! | Bolivia Update

Sometimes loving children as Christ loves them means absorbing our own hurts in order to create less hurt for them in the long run.  Specifically, here at Fundación Esperanza–also known as Lifesong Bolivia–a key element in our work is identifying children who could possibly be reunited with a biological family member. On one hand, we love these kids and want them to stay in our care. On the other hand– We know that living in a loving family environment is always better than living in an orphanage. Recently, we’ve had the opportunity to see 2 sibling groups leave our care to be reunited with their families. And though our hearts ache for this loss of daily, regular contact with these kids whom we love, we are simultaneously thrilled that these children will know the joy of growing up with their family. Meet one family Most recently, we were involved with the reunification of 5 siblings with … Continue reading

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June 2, 2017

The Life We Never Imagined | Family Friday

With each of our three adoptions, we have come to a deeper understanding of the Father’s sovereignty … and the beautiful joy that comes out of the adoption tragedy. One quote, in particular, kept us going in spite of the storms. “If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat.”  This rang especially true during the adoption of our daughter, Edie from Hungary. We struggled financially, spiritually, and emotionally. Our situation, in the world’s eyes, was telling us we were crazy for going through with this adoption. Many times we were discouraged and scared. We lost a referral. Both of our fathers had surgeries. One of our dads endured cancer treatments. We struggled to meet the emotional, physical, and academic needs of our boys. We faced negativity from people in our lives who did not understand our call to adopt again. And, of course, we felt the … Continue reading

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