God's Grand Plan

June 13, 2017 rachelmiley
She struggled with why the Lord would put adoption so heavily on heart, but not on her husband’s, but she waited. A couple of weeks later, Matt came home and said they should pursue this little girl. They hurried to find out about next steps but were told that another family had already filed paperwork to adopt her.
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What happens to children who age out in China?

June 6, 2017 brianaremkus
In the United States, only 8% of children adopted from China were adopted at ages older than 4. Statistically, that means once a child turns 5 their chances of being adopted dramatically decrease. In China, once a child turns 14 they are no longer available for international adoption. As our ministry seeks to advocate for
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Playing to Connect and Heal

May 11, 2017 rachelmiley
When I ask families how they are adjusting at home with their new child, they will often state, almost as an apology, “All we do is play; we are just playing.” When I hear this answer I want to shout from the rooftops “Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! They are engaging in play!” Play is the most
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Fighting for Family

May 11, 2017 rachelmiley
As Mother’s Day approaches us, we at Lifeline love to celebrate the strength of mothers who fight for their families and love courageously. Allison is one such mom. She is a recent graduate of a Families Count class hosted by a church in Birmingham, Alabama. Her story is one that, like many, includes a battle
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Naomi Fled for Life

May 11, 2017 rachelmiley
The women we serve through our pregnancy counseling ministry at Lifeline are incredibly brave and strong, including Naomi, who literally fled a country to save her son. Naomi epitomized the very definitions of bravery and strength as she found the desire and will to fight for her child’s life in the midst of extreme external
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Once considered a curse, now a blessing.

May 2, 2017 rachelmiley
In a small village in Uganda, children are being rescued from a life of rejection and isolation—through education and the gospel. A school for the deaf and blind has brought hope and life to those who were literally cast aside because of the way they were born: Deaf and blind children in this community are
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Easter Gives our Suffering Victory and Significance

April 16, 2017 rachelmiley
Hebrews 12:1-4, “…let us lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated
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Loss and Grief in Adopted Children

April 4, 2017 brianaremkus
  Loss and grief are not experiences that we immediately associate with children. Unfortunately, it is the reality for hundreds of thousands in our country and millions more around the world. For the purposes of this post, we are specifically noting the trauma of children who have spent time in the foster care system or
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Kids Worth Fighting For

April 4, 2017 brianaremkus
When we first met our son in China, he thought it was HILARIOUS to slap my husband in the face. As first time parents, we didn’t have any friends whose experiences as first-time parents included their newborn slapping them with glee, so this was new territory. Furthermore, he despised my very presence, which created some
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