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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10 Things That Will Kill Your Church's Orphan Care Ministry: Pt.4

October 10, 2017 rachelmiley
With all the possible ways that we can respond to caring for orphans, we have to narrow the focus. Many times, pastors do not outright oppose orphan care as much they marginalize it by their lack of enthusiasm or weak support.
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10 Things That Will Kill Your Church's Orphan Care Ministry: Pt.3

October 10, 2017 rachelmiley
There is no way that an individual local church can really be engaged in local and global orphan care at a high level without help. One of the reasons that churches struggle to engage people in orphan care is the mistaken impression that if you aren’t going to adopt you can’t do orphan care, and often, we subtly reinforce it.
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10 Things That Will Kill Your Church's Orphan Care Ministry: Pt.2

October 10, 2017 rachelmiley
If we are going to call families to jump in and engage the orphan care crisis by adopting and fostering, we have to be ready to support them through our church communities. We need to celebrate the good things that happen in orphan care through the church with the church.
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10 Things That Will Kill Your Church's Orphan Care Ministry: Pt.1

October 10, 2017 rachelmiley
Today’s post begins the series entitled “10 Things That Will Kill Your Church’s Orphan Ministry.” This series is born out of several years of consulting with and observing many churches across America develop orphan care ministries. Over time, I have noticed some common mistakes that cause these ministries to struggle and even fail. Over the next few weeks, I want to share those observations with you in an effort to help and to stir a discussion about the good things being done to minister well in orphan care.
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Disillusioned by Storms in Spite of the Sovereignty of God

September 29, 2017 rachelmiley
Recently, we remembered the 16th anniversary of September 11, 2001. For those of us who were living on that day, we can all remember where we were as two planes crashed into the World Trade Center, and the two towers subsequently collapsed. As a nation and as a people, we felt helpless. This year seems
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He Cares

September 22, 2017 rachelmiley
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of
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Capturing the Heart of a Grandmother

September 10, 2017 brianaremkus
One of our wonderful Lifeline partners is a grandmother whose heart was captured by two precious girls who were adopted from China—her granddaughters. She has experienced first-hand, the power of a grandparent’s influence and support in the adoption journey, and she understands that grandparents have the opportunity to become a tremendous treasure in the life
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A Celebration of Beginnings: India

September 1, 2017 brianaremkus
The Master Architect Burdened to adopt from India, the Nichols family attended an informational meeting at Lifeline in 2014, knowing that an international adoption program for India was not yet in existence. But, God was busy behind the scenes, crafting a beautiful story that no one could have imagined. Unknown to the Nichols, Lifeline was
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Running Buddy

August 2, 2017 rachelmiley
Derek Dupuis, Lifeline Adoptive Dad and R(un) for One Runner Hear how the R(un) for One played a role in the hearts of the Dupuis family, one of Lifeline’s adoptive families: Hope. Anyone who is trying something new or taking a leap of faith has to cling to the belief that he will get where
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A Life-Affirming Approach to Being Pro-Life

August 2, 2017 rachelmiley
Christie Mac Segars, Lifeline Vice President of Domestic Services   Affirming Life Lifeline was founded in 1981 to give women in unexpected pregnancies an alternative to abortion, and this ministry strongly continues today. From our founding we have been part of the pro-life cause as we bear strong convictions that EVERY person is an image
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Orphan Care: Caring for Their Past, Present, and Future

August 2, 2017 rachelmiley
Garth Thorpe, (un)adopted Education Manager   Victor could have been one of the over 38,000 orphans that will age out of an orphanage without the necessary life skills needed to survive. But God allowed (un)adopted® to be part of changing his story through Life Skills Education Training (LSET).     The current global reality that over 38,000
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The World at Our Doorstep

August 2, 2017 rachelmiley
Opening Doors In October 2017, I moved to Bogota, Colombia to coordinate our Latin America programs. As Coordinator, Lifeline encouraged me to travel to Colombia in 2011 to better learn the country, the culture, and the children. It changed my life, and now I cannot believe I have the privilege to call this beautiful country
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Partnering Makes Sense

July 6, 2017 rachelmiley
For Mountain Brook Community Church (MBCC) in Birmingham, Alabama, partnership with (un)adopted® “really just makes sense.” It’s a relationship that stretches back for several years, according to Walter Arroyo, who’s served on staff at the church for 10 years and now is MBCC’s missions pastor. (un)adopted, Lifeline Children’s Services’ international orphan care ministry, and MBCC
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Foster Care: The Call of the Church

July 5, 2017 rachelmiley
Leland Brown, Foster Parent   C.S. Lewis once famously said that in his conversion he was basically dragged kicking and screaming into heaven, looking everywhere for a way out, and in hindsight he was blown away by God’s mercy and humility to accept such a convert. My journey in becoming a foster parent has been
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Supporting Adoptive and Foster Families Through the Church

July 5, 2017 rachelmiley
When God’s people respond to His command to care for vulnerable children, our churches become an important part of the lives of parents, children, and siblings who are in the midst of the joyous and challenging journeys of fostering and adoption. Lifeline desires to provide resources to churches and adoptive communities with them to help
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Empowering Children Within Your Church

July 5, 2017 rachelmiley
Summit Church in Estero, Florida has been a long-time partner with Lifeline, believing strongly in God’s command to care for orphans and vulnerable children worldwide. When the opportunity for children to get involved in orphan care in a hands-on way, Summit Church wanted to equip the children in their church with the knowledge that they
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