Truth for Mothers in Unplanned Pregnancies

January 4, 2017 international
Every time a woman walks into the offices of Lifeline Children’s Services seeking to understand the options for her unexpected pregnancy, we are overcome at her strength, love, and desire to make the very best plans for her child. We have been honored to walk part of this journey with many beautiful women. Throughout these
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The Hike: Adopting a Child with Down Syndrome

January 4, 2017 international
Scott and his wife, Haley, adopted Eden from China as an aging out child with Down Syndrome. Listen to his story about how God calmed his heart about adopting a child with different abilities and then amazed him with the value and beauty of her precious life. “Three years ago, I was terrified at what
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A Savior born at Christmas to fill our deepest need.

December 22, 2016 rachelmiley
Maybe you have felt great despair this year because of the passing of a loved one; your mom, your dad, your sister or your brother. Maybe you felt despair because things seem so uncertain because a spouse lost their job, unexpected medical bills were incurred, or money was tight. Maybe you felt despair because you
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Lifeline Then and Now

December 22, 2016 brianaremkus
This year marks the 35th anniversary of Lifeline’s ministry and our work in Birmingham, the United States and the nations. What an incredible blessing it’s been to look back at our history and see God’s faithful hand at work each and every step of the way.  His faithful hand of provision is so abundantly evident as we
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Change One Life | The Catanias

December 16, 2016 rachelmiley
“God can move mountains. It seems impossible, but God is the God of impossibility, especially in orphan care. Because He wants them in families. So act out in faith. Start. If it’s God’s will He will see it through.” Take a moment to consider what God is calling you to.
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Change One Life | Sophie's Story

November 18, 2016 Justin Walters
Lifeline’s work through (un)adopted literally makes the difference between life and death for many precious children around the world. In April 2016, a Lifeline team visited an orphanage partner in southeastern China for a look into how Lifeline’s work is impacting the care for children in the orphanage. However, the visit proved to be a
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Change One Life | The Bishops

November 18, 2016 Justin Walters
A vision for holistic redemption in foster care requires an entire community to bridge the gap between a fallen world and the God who cares for the vulnerable. Read the story below and consider how you can be part of the story of someone’s reconciliation: During the summer of 2015, Brandon and Trina Bishop agreed
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Change One Life | A Letter From Herbie

November 18, 2016 Justin Walters
Last month, Lifeline’s President/Executive Director, Herbie Newell, shared about one of his most challenging days at Lifeline. The ending of that day was one that only God could have orchestrated. However, Herbie’s heart recognized his dependence upon a good God, no matter what happened. Surrounding that challenging day were heavy circumstances. Difficulties with several countries
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That Others May Know Him

November 8, 2016 international
As the (un)adopted® Coordinator, I often have the privilege of organizing and coordinating trips to our partners around the world. As much as I enjoy this aspect of my job, it doesn’t come close to that joy I experienced organizing a trip for one of our partners to come visit Lifeline in the United States.
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Holiday Tips for Waiting Families

November 8, 2016 international
As the holidays roll in, you may find yourself in a time of longing and waiting—waiting for your family to be complete; waiting for your child; and waiting on the Lord’s perfect timing. One friend of Lifeline said, “My younger sister was adopted, and I remember my parents . . . being so consumed with
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Do You Know Someone Facing an Unplanned Pregnancy?

November 8, 2016 international
If you know a woman who is facing an unplanned pregnancy, she may want to talk with you about her options. Know that it is not your responsibility to convince her to choose one option over another; it is just your responsibility to love her by sharing truthful information about each of her three options:
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No Longer Lonely | The Franks Testimony

November 3, 2016 rachelmiley
Esther, 16, and Josie, 11, were strangers among a sea of millions of orphans. Now they are sisters, brought together through international adoption. Although their past stories are different, the intersection of their lives as sisters began in China. Whether in an orphanage or a foster family, both girls describe their lives before adoption as
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Share the Story: Coghlan Family Testimony

October 28, 2016 rachelmiley
Chris Coghlan, an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs, and his wife, Corrie, had not always been on the same page about adoption. Corrie had cousins who had been adopted and family friends who had adopted. Adoption was woven into her heart, and she desired for it to be part of their story. Chris, however, admits
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Trauma in the Classroom

October 14, 2016 international
What is the difference between willful defiance and a trauma reaction? Children who have experienced relational or circumstantial trauma can express themselves in ways that are typically regarded as defiant misbehavior. Their minds, however, are often reacting to how their bodies have been programmed to deal with unpleasant situations, particularly responding out of fear. In
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How Will Adoption Impact My Other Children?

October 14, 2016 international
How will adoption impact my other children? That’s a question that all parents ask and must anticipate before bringing a child home. Preparing siblings for adoption can be exciting, but they will be asked to make sacrifices and could be part of new challenges as everyone adapts to having a new child in the home.
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How God Can Use Lemonade & Children to Impact Orphans

September 23, 2016 brianaremkus
Wow! What a summer we have had through #StandforOrphans! The Lord has done, and continues to do, incredible things through Stand for Orphans. This summer, we saw 312 kids in 30 states register their stand! As we come to a close this year, we are thrilled to report that kids across the country have raised
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When Families Gather

September 13, 2016 brianaremkus
As far as Family Reunions go, Lifeline’s is pretty special! The bond between our staff and our families is an amazing one and we look forward to celebrating that bond each year! When you add in some good food, activities, a water relay, and a bouncy house—you’re in for a good time! After Lifeline’s “Run
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Orphan Care Beyond Adoption

September 9, 2016 brianaremkus
At Lifeline we believe that it is God’s design for children to be raised in families, where they are loved and cared for holistically, having their physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs met. The reality of what we see is that we live in a broken world, in which the sin of mankind has affected
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Heartbreak, Hurt, and Amazing Grace

September 9, 2016 brianaremkus
My husband Aaron and I have been a host family in the Safe Families for Children program for two years, and we have had the privilege of hosting somewhere between 15-20 children in our home. We have hosted kids anywhere from one day to a little newborn that we brought home from the hospital and
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Reassurance in Adoption: The Tamblyn Family Adoption Testimony

September 9, 2016 brianaremkus
Hello, we are the Tamblyn family; John, Katherine and Lucy. My mother, who suffers from short-term memory loss, has lived with us for over 17 years and is a special member of our family, too . . . In 2005, I was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cervical cancer. My treatment involved
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