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May 23, 2018

Is the Cost of Adoption Worth It?

Start a conversation about adoption and it will (likely) take no time at all for the discussion to turn to money and “cost.” It is no secret that adoption is expensive, but is it worth it? Here are 3 thoughts– 1. Adopting will cost you something. There is no way around it. If you believe God is leading you to adopt, you must also believe He is leading you to make sacrifices to make it happen–financially and otherwise. But the same could be said about other major life decisions. Getting married, buying a home, giving birth, relocating–all of these decisions come with costs; they simply aren’t listed neatly in a pamphlet provided to you by a social worker. Love always costs. Even the God of the universe Who owns everything had to make sacrifices to bring you into His family. Here is what your adoption cost Jesus– “But He was wounded … Continue reading

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May 17, 2018

A Zambian Adoption Story

Your support helps change the lives of orphans around the world. Whether through adoption funding or orphan care, lives are being transformed by the Gospel. Here is one family’s story. MEET PASTOR MARON AND HIS WIFE, PRECIOUS. Pastor Maron is the campus pastor and the Discipleship Director for Lifesong School Garneton in Zambia. Never without a smile, his warm, friendly demeanor makes him a well-loved friend and mentor to the students, giving him many opportunities to speak truth into their lives. His favorite verse?–“He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). And perhaps this verse was never displayed so clearly in his life as when he and his wife, Precious, decided to do something culturally uncommon for Zambia. Just over a year ago, they decided to adopt a little boy who had been abandoned on the streets near their home. Zambian adopting is not a common thing. They know … Continue reading

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May 14, 2018

Shauna’s House Now OPEN!

Shauna’s House is now open to orphan graduates! Shauna Yelton saw the devastation first-hand. When a Ukrainian orphan ages out of an orphanage at age 18, there is a 70% to 80% chance that he or she will experience crime, prostitution, suicide or drug overdose within two years. Not willing to sit quietly with those statistics, Shauna persuaded her husband–Todd Yelton, Samford University’s women’s soccer coach and one of the nation’s top women’s soccer coaches–to join her in making a difference. And made a difference they have. Read Shauna’s story here and learn what Todd did after cancer took Shauna’s life on November 4, 2015. The day we were praying for Though there are still some projects to be done–including landscape–we are excited that Shauna’s House is open and dedicated to housing orphan grads. These young adults will know the love and care of a Christian family in a true home … Continue reading

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May 11, 2018

Never Say Goodbye – A Tale of Two Mothers

My children have two mothers. Both of us are real mothers. Both have flesh and blood and love and pain. Both have pieces of our hearts that have been broken by goodbyes. Both of us have spent too many days apart from our children. In our home we don’t classify the mothers. There is no bio mom or adoptive mom. No first mom or second mom. No tummy mom or heart mom. Both of us are simply mom. We need no other label. We are cut from the same cloth. We are both women who walk through life making a lot of mistakes. We try our best. We make wrong decisions. We need extra helpings of grace. We are both living a life that turned out differently than we expected. We are two women who fiercely love their children but don’t always know how to show this love in practical … Continue reading

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May 4, 2018

You Won’t Want to Miss This! | CAFO 2018

Next week, thousands of orphan care, foster care, and adoption advocates will meet in Dallas for the 2018 Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit … and whether or not you can be there, you CAN attend. Last year’s conference drew over 2,000 advocates, pastors, and professionals from 30 countries. The summit explored effective foster care, adoption, family preservation, and global orphan ministry objectives. Take a look– This year, the main sessions will be featured live stream so you can attend right where you are sitting. Here are 3 reasons we believe you should make every effort to watch– 1. You will be encouraged. The foster care/adoption journey can be isolating. This conference will remind you that you are not alone. Every speaker has walked the orphan care, foster care, or adoption journey and has encouragement to give you. 2. You will find resources. If you choose to take notes, you will likely refer … Continue reading

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May 2, 2018

See What Grace Is Doing Today | Liberia Update

God continues to do big things–through your prayer and support–for children in Liberia. Last year, we introduced you to Grace–Her father, who was a pastor, contracted the Ebola virus while ministering to others who were sick. He passed away after four days in the treatment center. After that, Grace and her young sister were not allowed to interact with anyone in the community. They were truly desolate when the Lifesong team reached out to them. They know what it is to grieve and mourn, to have to adjust to new everything. The heartbreak was overwhelming at times. Update on Grace Today, Grace continues to heal from her losses, surrounded by people who love her and want God’s best for her future. She is presently enrolled in a teacher’s college program, and hopes to receive her certificate of completion this summer. She is a kindergarten teacher at one of our schools, … Continue reading

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April 23, 2018

13 Years Old, With a Baby of Her Own | Guatemala Update

As far back as Juana could remember, the gang her biological dad called family had called the shots in her life. As a tiny girl, Juana remembered the fear that would grip her when she was in the presences of the gang members. She instinctively knew she was in danger and unsafe, and her mother was in no place emotionally to protect her. She, too, was trying to survive and lived in constant fear of displeasing her husband and incurring his wrath that was not only reserved for her, but also their little daughter. As a 6-year-old, instead of a life that was filled with baby dolls and kindergarten, Juana remembers the first time her dad, leaned in close to her face, alcohol on his breath, fear in his eyes and threatened to kill her. Family life was a nightmare that was filled with fear, hunger, abuse, neglect, and living … Continue reading

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