How God Used a Family’s Separation to Make Them Stronger

April 30, 2018 rachelmiley
While Eden Westside was organizing Families Count classes, Chris and Treana’s world was being shaken to its core. Plagued with active drug addiction and a marriage that was crumbling, their children were removed from their home until Chris and Treana could show that they were a safe place for their children again.
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A Single Mother’s Journey to Her Forever Daughter

April 6, 2018 rachelmiley
  Our plans don’t always turn out like we expected, but the process gives us a front-seat view to the gracious sovereignty of God. Andrea Saul entered the adoption process with Lifeline with the intent to pursue an adoption through the Peru program. As circumstances evolved, Andrea saw God work in the tiniest of details
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Nine Things Parents Need to Know about Occupational Therapy

April 2, 2018 rachelmiley
  Many people often hear the term “occupational therapy” and picture someone who has suffered a major accident re-learning how to eat or write. However, occupational therapy extends well beyond that limited view, and understanding the important role it can play in children’s lives is essential to knowing tools that are available to help children
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Easter Provides Courage and Conviction to Defend the Fatherless

March 29, 2018 rachelmiley
The beauty and richness of Christ’s death on the cross is powerful fuel for our lives as Christ followers. He died the death that we deserved to die, and paid the price we could not pay. Christ, as the ultimate sacrifice for His people, gave up His spirit to death as the Son of God. His surrender and separation from the Father sufficiently paid the debt of our sins against a Holy God - completely covered for now and eternity.
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Faithful Provision | The Johnson's Adoption Story

March 27, 2018 rachelmiley
On a warm November day in India, we waited outside in the open air and beaming sun with high emotions and mounting anticipation. The hopes and prayers that had previously only existed in our hearts inched closer in the flesh with every step that the lady took. And then she was there, right in front of us, reaching out to me, and then curled up into a ball in my arms. My husband leaned into us with tears in his eyes and I squeaked out the words, “We’ve been waiting for you for a long time.”
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Intercountry Adoption & the Sovereignty of God

March 22, 2018 rachelmiley
The question of how we respond in this crisis is one of worldview. We must recognize that God’s agenda to protect and provide for vulnerable children is much greater than ourselves, and God’s purpose is even greater than our methods for helping to accomplish it (even adoption). God loves these precious children much more than we could ever conceptualize, and He will prevail in the effort to “bring the lonely into families” no matter what.
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Nikolas Cruz and the Call of the Gospel

March 14, 2018 rachelmiley
In the aftermath of a tragedy like the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, we have questions and want to see these types of things stopped. Governor Rick Scott of Florida went as far as to promise, to “do everything he can to make sure this never happens again.” So what can we do; what should we do; and what is our response to situations like this from a Christian worldview? In 2017, our country averaged over a school shooting each week. What’s the answer to this crisis?
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Parenting: How to Deliver a Consequence

February 16, 2018 rachelmiley
These discussions of trauma and attachment can, at times, leave a parent feeling paralyzed in how to respond to misbehavior for fear they will cause further damage and trauma...As we provide discipline, (training that corrects, molds, and encourages moral character) rather than punishment (which can be punitive and create fear in a child), we help that child find the secure foundation they need.
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5 Podcasts for Families Interested in International Adoption

January 29, 2018 rachelmiley
One of the great aspects of our Defender podcast is the ability for you to hear directly from our staff about updates or changes going on in their areas of ministry. If you are a family who is interested in international adoption, we have gathered five podcasts that will give you information and allow you to hear from several of our program directors.
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Courageous Hearts for God-Sized Challenges

January 26, 2018 rachelmiley
Stacie and Daniel Jackson have adopted twice from China. Both of their two daughters were 8 years old when they came home with their forever family. Both girls had lived a journey of significant medical needs, but the support they received from their new family led the Jacksons to experience God’s miraculous work in multiple ways. But, most of all, the Jacksons have seen God work in their hearts, giving them courage to walk the journey He’s laid out for them.
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Protecting Their Story While Telling His

January 24, 2018 rachelmiley
Not too long ago, I asked a trusted friend and co-worker to read a blog, in which I shared some personal emotions about the early days of being a new mother through adoption. I asked him to send me his thoughts, and I was incredibly thankful for his insight: “The one thought that I have is how would [your son] feel if he found this blog and read it twenty years from now? . . . Just a thought that I would like you to consider and count the cost of your openness and make sure you are completely comfortable with it.”
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Four Ways to Serve Orphans Today

January 23, 2018 rachelmiley
It’s easy to read “153 million orphans worldwide” and pass right over it. But the reality is, that’s 153 million individual orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) that could grow up without ever hearing the gospel. That’s an epidemic. An epidemic that no one human tactic can heal. It is through the gospel that we are called and emboldened to serve OVC. But, it’s not by our own strength. We serve because we are children of God. As believers, we know God calls us to care for the orphan (James 1:27). But, what are some tangible ways to do that?
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Pro-Life Means Every Life

January 8, 2018 rachelmiley
the ultimate value of human life can be found in the gospel. God the Son became a man and fulfilled the work of redemption, and the price that was paid in Jesus establishes the proper worth of people. We treasure each other not so much because of our inherent merit but because of the unfathomable worth of Jesus. At Lifeline Children’s Services, we come alongside the Body of Christ to strive to protect the unborn and to care for and shepherd the already born in ways that extend the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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Change One Life | Gwyn Family Story

December 7, 2017 rachelmiley
Kevin and Ansley began pursuing adoption through Lifeline’s India program and were soon matched with a little boy named Sahil. As the Gwyns neared their adoption date, our Lifeline team learned that Sahil had become dangerously ill. He was in the hospital, fighting for his life. Armed with this unexpected and tragic news, the Gwyns knew they must fight for his life.
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Change One Life | Redeeming Hope

December 7, 2017 rachelmiley
The plight of women in Pakistan is bleak. Mothers often find themselves in grinding poverty and abusive relationships, with no social standing to change their lives. Seven-year-old Anjli’s mother was one of these women. Abused by her husband and feeling no hope for the future, this precious mother took her own life. More tragically, upon returning from playing with a friend, Anjli was the one who found her mother on the floor of their small one-room home.
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Life Counts Amidst Texas Tragedy - The Sanctity of Life

November 30, 2017 rachelmiley
Why should we advocate for the sanctity of life? Because, like in Texas, all lives COUNT to our God. To not stand up and not speak up, at best, means that we are ashamed of the gospel. At the worst, it means we do not know the gospel. We must speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Ultimately we are a life that Christ has valued all the way to the cross.
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Part of His Story: Hope in Uganda

November 22, 2017 rachelmiley
My husband, Jacob, and I recently had the privilege to travel with Lifeline’s international orphan care ministry, (un)adopted, to the community of Busega, Uganda, in Africa. While there we had the opportunity to stay with local people, help build lasting relationships, and point the locals to Christ while working alongside the local church, King Jesus Church, and Pastor Raphael. One of the beautiful outreach opportunities we had was to help deliver water filters to people in need.
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Holiday Tips and Encouragement for Adoptive Families

November 21, 2017 rachelmiley
The holidays can be such a whirlwind of GREAT BIG emotions for adoptive families. If you are waiting for your child to come home, it can be a time tinged with sadness and a feeling of incompleteness. For families newly home, it can be the time you’ve been looking forward to, for what seemed like ages, but also incredibly overwhelming as you try to navigate the new waters around you.
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They Are Seen - Colombia Kids Camp 2017

November 13, 2017 rachelmiley
Colombia Kids Camp brought a taste of being seen and also served as a reminder to me—I long for more. I long for every one of these kids to know the unchanging, steady love of the Father and a family. It matters.  For me to be a part of kids camp meant that I would in some small way say that I see these kids and I will never forget . . . for each one of their hearts and mine.  Join me in hoping and remembering! 
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10 Things That Will Kill Your Church's Orphan Care Ministry: Pt.5

October 10, 2017 rachelmiley
For orphan ministry to be effective, it has to be connected to the overall mission and vision of the church. In elevating prayer, we acknowledge our helplessness and utter dependence upon God. Prayer is something tangible. It is communion with the Most High God. It is the most important work.
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