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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Educating and Training for Freedom

March 23, 2017 international
Lifeline’s heart for orphaned and vulnerable children leads us to explore aspects of orphan care that many people would not imagine. In the country of Pakistan, Lifeline partners with others to impact the lives of girls, many whose parents are enslaved in the brick-making industry. This modern-day slavery is reminiscent of indentured servanthood, whereas men
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Expanding Foster Care Impact

March 23, 2017 international
Only 19%…—a percentage that often communicates a profound lack of success, and, in this case, a profound need. In 2016, Lifeline’s foster care ministry recognized the need for more qualified and trained foster families. Because of a lack of licensed families, Lifeline was only able to place 19% of our foster care referrals in Alabama.
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Glimpse of Heaven | March Kids Camp 2017

March 21, 2017 brianaremkus
I caught a glimpse of what heaven will be like at Pump It Up this week. Yeah, I know what you are probably thinking: Allison, your version of heaven and my version do not match. Letting loose eleven Chinese speaking orphans all under the age of 12 in a room full of inflatables is not
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Finding Hope through an Unplanned Pregnancy

March 14, 2017 brianaremkus
When Gina connected with Lifeline she found more than options; she found hope. Gina found herself in an unplanned pregnancy. Past decisions left Gina with a false understanding that she had nothing to offer this child. Compounding that thought was the belief that no one would want her baby. Her lack of hope turned her
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My Adoption Story Is No Prettier Than Yours | Lifeline Kids Camp 2017

March 14, 2017 international
A Dad’s Perspective Four days into Kid’s Camp, and this dad is still emotionally processing. That’s what us guys do. We process. Slowly. (Yes! We can process emotions! It just takes us longer.) Women can go straight to “emotion-land” like we men to “fix-it-land.” It’s in their wiring. I’m wired for analysis, logic, and a
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A Smile | Lifeline Kids Camp March 2017

March 14, 2017 international
  Yesterday, I was able to spend the entire day with these 11 kiddos. We began the morning with breakfast and a trip to the Birmingham Zoo. One of the campers, Jimmy, was so excited about the zoo. Once we arrived, he was ready to go. Many volunteers and families were able to join us.
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Day Three Recap | Lifeline Kids Camp March 2017

March 14, 2017 international
Day three of Kids Camp is in the books, and man, was it one to remember! We started the day at Pump It Up, where the kids had a grand ole time on the bounce houses. We then went to lunch and tasted the quintessential American meal: cheeseburgers and fries. Afterwards was nap time and
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"Pick Me Up" | Lifeline Kids Camp March 2017

March 9, 2017 rachelmiley
“Ethan” is one of 11 children who I believe God divinely chose to bring to Lifeline’s Kids Camp from China. According to an article published by CNN August 12, 2015, “The Chinese government has said there are roughly 600,000 orphans nationwide. Other groups put the nationwide number at closer to a million orphans.” Either way, the fact that Ethan is here right now is pretty miraculous…..the odds were against him.
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Day One! | March Kids Camp 2017

March 8, 2017 international
It was such a blessing to help with Kids Camp yesterday. All 11 children were adjusting to their time in America in different ways which called for a rainy transitional day for the kiddos.     We began our morning with breakfast and playing inside with the children who fought through jet lag and slept through
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China Kids Camp Arrives! |Lifeline Kids Camp March 2017

March 7, 2017 rachelmiley
As I write this, a plane is taking off from Detroit carrying 11 children and three adults on the last few hours of their journey from Chongqing, China to Birmingham, Alabama. As we anxiously await the arrival of our guests, I doubt they know what it has taken to get them here. They probably don’t know
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March Monthly Focus: Fostering

March 1, 2017 international
The Problem Facing Fostering  In 2016, Lifeline was only able to place 19% of our foster care referrals in 2016 because we did not have enough licensed families. A lack of licensed families creates a scenario in which the number of children sleeping at the DHR office or in overcrowded residential homes is sobering. Furthermore,
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Why I Donated to Lifeline's Kids Camp

February 24, 2017 brianaremkus
Why did I donate to Lifeline’s Kids Camp? Because they had me with their SMILES! The smiles of the children when they chase bubbles across the lawn; The smiles of the children when they climb up in the volunteers lap and snuggle close; The smiles of the children when they are the center of attention
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Invaluable Training for Adoptive Parents

February 9, 2017 international
Crossings is so important because it helps prepare families to parent children from hard places. These children have so much trauma and hurt in their past and often do not respond well to "typical parenting."
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How Training Caregivers is Impacting Orphanages

February 7, 2017 brianaremkus
In 2014, Lifeline opened a foster center in southern China to work with children from an orphanage in the region. Through the care of the staff at the Foster Center, children who were not expected to live are healthy and thriving; children who were once thought to be unadoptable are being adopted into loving forever
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Families Count: Holistic Support to Moms & Dads

February 7, 2017 brianaremkus
Families Count is a resource that was born out of our desire to see the goal of foster care—healthy family reunification—occur, as a result of birth parents who have been strengthened and given the tools they need to be safe, stable parents. Outside of short-term interventions, there were few, or no, Christ-centered services that offer
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The Harris Family: A Heart for Foster Care

February 7, 2017 brianaremkus
Lifeline’s heart for fostering is to provide a safe, loving home for vulnerable children while also seeking to provide birth families with the tools and relationships to reunite with their children. We want you to hear directly from one of our foster families, who approach their ministry with the same heart. The Harris family has
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