Latest News Tag: Orphan Care

June 12, 2018

World Day Against Child Labour

The United Nations has declared today, June 12, to be World Day Against Child Labour. Who’s affected? Why does it matter? What should we do? Who’s affected? An estimated 152 million children around the world aged 5 to 14 work for a living–meaning they don’t go to school, they work long hours on brutal work sites, they display symptoms associated with trauma, and they suffer the effects of malnutrition. The reason?–in many, if not most, cases, steep poverty in the family often requires these children to help generate income so that the family can survive. Of the 152 million child laborers, an estimated 73 million of them are working in dangerous situations that regularly threaten their health or life. The good news?–The United Nations has set a goal of eliminating child labor by 2025. Why does it matter? Here at Lifesong, we believe God calls us to care for orphans … 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 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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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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March 5, 2018

How Love Brought Jantu to Life | Cambodia/Thailand Update

God is doing big things in Cambodia because of your prayer and support! Meet Jantu Like most of the young children we meet on migrant construction sites in Thailand, 3-year-old Jantu was sorely lacking in basic developmental skills–both physical and social–when we were first introduced to her. Since she became a part of Construction of Hope with Lifesong Thailand, we have had the incredible privilege of watching her come alive. Once painfully shy–and unable to comprehend or interact with her surroundings–she is now an eager recipient of her newfound love and attention. Because of your faithful prayer and support, she knows she is loved. The new sensory bins project in the learning center is a favorite of hers. Her motor skills development is improving by leaps and bounds. Her growing confidence has allowed her to start helping other little ones acclimate. One little girl–Soksalai–recently joined our center and was having a … Continue reading

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