Life Lessons in Motherhood

April 20, 2015
Last month, my 19-year-old daughter, Elise, and I traveled with an (un)adopted team to Kunming, China. The team goal was to help with medical evaluations for children in this new orphanage partnership. In past (un)adopted trips, I have traveled with various family members but never with Elise only. It was exciting, and I was filled
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Equipping the Church to Care with Grace & Sensitivity

April 18, 2015 brianaremkus
In our churches, we want to honor mothers while also being cognizant of the truth that many in our church family are hurting. The nature of foster care can create a situation in which we want to be especially sensitive that Mother’s Day can be a difficult day for birth parents, foster parents, and children
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Graceful and Truthful Answers to Challenging Adoption Questions

April 15, 2015
Disclaimer: This blog is not intended to shame those who have asked these questions. After hearing from many parents, we have learned that most of them welcome questions and appreciate opportunities to talk about their adoption! They understand that most questions are innocently asked. The purpose of this blog is to assist adoptive families in
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The Road to Adoption

April 1, 2015
The adoption process and the word smooth are most often found together in prayer requests but rarely in real life. If you sit in any of Lifeline’s adoption informational meetings, you will hear Dave Wood or another staff member confidently say that everyone’s process hits a roadblock at some point. Some roadblocks are more severe
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Crossings Expands Internationally!

April 1, 2015
Lifeline is thrilled to announce that our Crossings ministry is expanding internationally! Over the past year, we developed a new training, the International Children’s Home Caregiver Training, with the specific intention of serving children’s homes around the world. We partner with the caregivers in these homes by equipping them to provide the best possible care
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Winter Camp 2015: What Happens Now?

March 30, 2015
In March, Lifeline had the privilege to host eight children from partnership orphanages in Chongqing, China. It is such a privilege to host these precious children! Many people have asked why we do this. There are many that we could list, but I believe the top two would probably be to show love and to
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Foster Care Retreat

March 28, 2015
Lifeline’s commitment to foster care ministry extends well beyond initial training. In addition to encouragement and counseling as needed, Lifeline hosts an annual retreat for our foster families, intended to be a time of refreshment and equipping. As part of every retreat, guest speakers instruct parents regarding issues that are practical and relevant to foster
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Foster Care Chose Us

March 23, 2015
Foster care chose us. That’s what I always say, but it’s true. The Father sculpted a picture on our hearts long ago, just as a child creates imprints into modeling clay. There it lay on our hearts, pressed and fitted to our souls. We couldn’t run from foster care, just as we couldn’t outrun the
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Wonderful Are Your Works

March 20, 2015
In February, a team from Lifeline provided care for the sweet children in our foster care center in China. Their time at the center allowed for the foster staff to celebrate Chinese New Year with their families and to have some time of respite from the daily demands of caring for others. Hear how God
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