Latest News Tag: Church

June 4, 2018

See an Exciting Story in Pictures! | Haiti Update

God continues to do big things–through your prayer and support–for children and families in Haiti. Yesterday morning at 9:00–under a bright blue sky, surrounded by friends and family–a group of believers decided to publicly proclaim their faith by becoming the first (ever!) group to be baptized at Lifesong Haiti/MBO. Imagine the joy and excitement as each person entered the pool–dressed in his or her best clothes–to meet Pastor Octavian. Friends and church members in the crowd sang hymns of praise throughout the entire baptism. One woman baptized–Alerte–has 7 children and has been excited to grow in her walk with God. (She can be seen in the first photo with the mint headband, white shirt, and black skirt.) 3 others who were baptized are students who live in the family residence. The rest have been faithful church attenders who saw their need to obey God with a public profession of faith. … 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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April 16, 2018

See an Exciting New Church Partnership in Haiti!

Not only does individual support–like yours–help change the lives of orphans around the world, but churches are also working together in exciting ways to transform the lives of orphans with the Gospel. Here is the story of Summit Church and their partnership with Lifesong Haiti. MEET NATE Nate Johnson (seen in the blue shirt in the video above), serves as Executive Pastor of Central Ministry at Summit Life Church. He and Jim Hines, one of the directing Elders of Summit Life, recently traveled to Bercy Haiti. Why?–Summit Life has formed a unique and life-changing, Gospel-driven relationship in Bercy with Lifesong Haiti. In Nate’s words– “We have had the opportunity to partner with 2 other churches to own the lostness of Bercy, Haiti with the goal of giving every man, woman and child in Bercy repeated opportunities to see, hear, and respond to the gospel of Jesus.  And the wonderful thing about … Continue reading

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August 15, 2017

The Power of a Church Adoption Fund

Several years ago, Julie James was shaken to her core by the reality that many would-be, should-be adoptive parents are unable to bring children home because of 1 obstacle: finances. In her opinion, finances should never stand in the way of families doing what God has called them to do. After reading a blog post written by a family who desperately wanted to adopt but could not, due to finances, Julie typed four words into an e-mail and sent them to her best friend in the middle of the night. The words: THIS IS NOT OK. And the seed was planted in her heart to do something–to give families she knew and loved a tangible way to bridge the gap of adoption financing and bring their children home. In her words– “My faith in the fact that God does provide was solid. He owns it all. It wasn’t a matter of IF God was … Continue reading

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August 4, 2017

7 Easy Ways to Educate Your Church About Adoption

It is often said that adoption takes a village, and it does! But specifically–Biblically–it takes the Church. If you are looking to expand your Church family’s knowledge of or involvement with adoption, here are 7 ways to do so– 1. Welcome the questions. Anyone who has or was adopted knows adoption attracts questions and comments of all kinds. If we want the Church to care more about adoption, we should do everything in our power to welcome the questions, regardless of what they are–because it indicates a desire to learn and it creates a context for conversation. Note: This doesn’t mean we need to share things that are too personal (or that make us or our children feel uncomfortable), but we should creatively answer questions in a way that welcomes dialogue and educates the person who is asking. 2. Celebrate Orphan Sunday. On Sunday, November 12, 2017, thousands of events will happen across America and around the globe, all … Continue reading

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June 28, 2017

5 (Simple) Things Every Man Can Do to Help the Fatherless

Adoption is optional, but helping the fatherless is a Biblical mandate. Here are five things you can do to help children who don’t have a dad at home. 1. Pay attention. Who are the kids in your church who don’t have the daily, regular encouragement of a loving dad? It is rare for a church not to have kids who fall in this category. What can you and your family do to be supportive? Can you invite a child to join your family for a ballgame or trip to the zoo? Can you pray regularly for them? 2. Be intentional. Chances are, kids in need aren’t going to seek you out. You’ve got to reach out to them … and probably more than once. If you know a hard day is coming up (maybe Father’s Day or the anniversary of a death or divorce), let the child know you care. Fatherless kids often … Continue reading

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May 31, 2017

15 Ways to Be a Foster Care Friendly Church

Foster kids need the church. Foster families need the church. At the close of National Foster Care Month, here are 15 ways to be a foster care friendly church– Teach Educate, educate, educate. Host informational meetings for would-be foster parents, but also for members of the church family who simply want to learn more about foster care. Add foster care discussion to existing (paid/volunteer) staff training. Many children who come from hard places have unique challenges and behaviors that require extra love and patience from those in authority. Host foster care licensing opportunities on campus. Open these classes to church families and members of the community. Not only is this decision helpful to the local foster care agency, but it sends a clear signal to foster families that your church will support their efforts to foster. Provide Organize meal trains for new placements. If your church family provides meals to new moms, be sure to include foster parents … Continue reading

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