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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Collett Family Story

June 21, 2017 rachelmiley
During 2013, the Collett family went from a household of five to seven, including five teenagers, when they adopted Alyona and Zhenya from Ukraine. Since growing their family, they have adjusted to their new normal, including navigating challenges stemming from the dynamics of sibling relationships.
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Sibling Relationships Post-Placement

June 21, 2017 rachelmiley
Whether your children are close in age or not; whether they are the same or different genders; whether they verbalize any challenges or not; helping our children grow in their love for each other must be a priority.
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Love Like the Father

June 13, 2017 rachelmiley
“I told them that I want to be an advocate for their son first and foremost and also an advocate for them and their other children.” The meetings continued to occur about every two weeks, where they could discuss their goals and vision for the children and Lee could challenge Mindy and Mark to work on their marriage and personal growth.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Counseling

June 13, 2017 rachelmiley
At Lifeline, we know that families struggle post placement, and we expect challenges to arise as part of the journey. We desire to be a safe place where they can seek help from those struggles. Throughout the following frequently asked questions, we want to shed light onto what counseling at Lifeline looks like and to help answer some lingering questions many adoptive and foster families may have.
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Build hope. Break the cycle.

June 13, 2017 rachelmiley
Las Lomas desires to break that cycle one child at a time by giving these children a family. Through the leadership of Gene Idlett, the home’s Peruvian director, the children at Las Lomas are first provided with family to care for them. Believing that families make a difference, Gene hires families to care for the children instead of only individual caregivers, as most children’s homes do.
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