Gospel-Driven Justice in the Church

September 12, 2019 megan
On the September 4th edition of The Defender Podcast, Tony Merida joined Herbie Newell to discuss adoption, justice in the church, prioritizing family as a dad, and how the gospel has been evident in his own family’s life. Tony and his wife, Kimberly have five children, four adopted from Ukraine and one adopted from Ethiopia.
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Nutrition and the Vulnerable Child

September 12, 2019 Justin Walters
WHY NUTRITION MATTERS: A healthy diet is an important factor for everyone. When we eat properly, we give our bodies the nutrients it needs to feel our best. For a child coming from trauma, proper nutrition proves to be even more significant. A child who comes into your care through adoption or foster care is
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Stealing

September 12, 2019 Justin Walters
Stealing can be a sensitive subject for many of us, especially when there is a strong emphasis on the value of working hard in our culture. When something that belongs to us is stolen, it evokes a strong response. Sometimes this is an emotional response or even a physical response. This makes stealing something that
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Self-Harm

September 12, 2019 Justin Walters
Self-Harm is a term that may cause foster or adoptive parents’ anxiety level to go up. We hope this information will better equip you as a parent to feel pre-pared and capable to respond appropriately to this behavior. Let’s begin by de-fining what the term actually means. WHAT IS SELF-HARM? Self-harm, or self-injury, is the
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How to Pray for Birth Mothers

September 5, 2019 megan
At Lifeline, we believe in the value and dignity of all women, and we know that birth mothers are incredibly brave and driven by love. Our pregnancy counselors and domestic adoption team encounter amazing women every day, who seek to care for their children in sacrificial and loving ways. Christie Mac Segars, Lifeline’s Vice President
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Bridging Hope for Children with Learning Differences

September 2, 2019 megan
On the August 28th edition of The Defender Podcast, guests Ann Maura Hinton and Rick Morton joined Herbie Newell to discuss advocating for children in the education system. Ann Maura is the Education Specialist at Lifeline, providing families with expertise in navigating the education system and providing educational helps for children. Rick Morton is the
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Back to School CEU Blitz Payment | Birmingham - September 2019

August 29, 2019 megan
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How the Church can Care for Vulnerable Children & Families

August 28, 2019 megan
On the August 21st edition of The Defender Podcast, Krista Stotler joined Herbie Newell to share how her church has cultivated a heart to care for vulnerable children through adoption and foster care. Krista is the Director of Foster Care and Adoption at Fielder Church in Arlington, Texas. Along with her husband of 24 years,
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Grieving With Others

August 26, 2019 megan
Rob Pacienza joined Herbie Newell on the August 14, 2019 edition of The Defender Podcast to share about his experience with grief and loss after the death his youngest daughter. Rob is the Lead Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and a graduate of Samford Univeristy in Birmingham, Alabama. Rob
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Transitioning to Routine and Order in a New School Year

August 13, 2019 megan
  On the August 7th of The Defender Podcast, Lynn Beckett joined Herbie Newell to discuss transitioning children from summer to a new school year. Lynn is a vital part of Lifeline’s Counseling and Education team and helps families navigate post adoption challenges and issues that arise. Summer tends to have its own challenges, with
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Lifeline’s Distinctives on the Roadmap to Adoption

July 30, 2019 megan
  The July 24, 2019 episode of The Defender Podcast featured Josh Caldwell, Lifeline’s VP of International Programs, and Karla Thrasher, Lifeline’s International Adoption Director, as they shared their knowledge and heart for international adoption. Josh noted that one deterrent to families pursuing adoption is being fearful of the process because their questions have gone
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Serving the Deaf and Blind of Uganda

July 30, 2019 megan
On the July 17th edition of The Defender Podcast, Pastor Raphael Kajjubi and Adalyn Newell joined Herbie Newell in a discussion about (un)adopted’s partnership in Uganda and how its unique qualities enables the local church to impact their community. Pastor Raphael is the pastor for King Jesus Church and who helps oversee the Busega School
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Open Doors for Adoption in Colombia

July 30, 2019 megan
Soraya Diaz, Lifeline’s legal adoption representative in Colombia, has more than twenty years experience working with adoptive families in her native country. She traveled to Alabama to be with many of her families at the Lifeline Family Reunion. During her time here, she joined Herbie Newell on the July 10th episode of The Defender Podcast
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Being Proactive and Unified in a Changing Political Climate

July 9, 2019 megan
On the July 3rd episode of The Defender Podcast, Herbie Newell talked with Travis Wussow of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission about the current landscape of religious liberty today. Their interview included a discussion concerning how Christians can practically engage politics and our culture in a way that glorifies God, respects others, and stands
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Stand for Orphans: Thinking Outside Ourselves

June 26, 2019 megan
“Mom, can we PLEASE do a lemonade stand today,” begged the kids. They had been wanting to do one for a long time, so I reluctantly agreed to do a stand that hot day in May 2015. We got a poster board, some lemonade, a table, and headed down to a park in our neighborhood.
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Fostering Hope

June 19, 2019 Justin Walters
With over 400,000 children in the U.S. in state care, we are in the midst of a crisis. For the church, the most difficult aspect of foster care is knowing how to get involved. Lifeline Children’s Services wants to take the guesswork out of getting your church engaged in bringing the gospel to bear to
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Share the Story: South Carolina

June 18, 2019 Justin Walters
Date: October 3rd , 2019 Dinner served at 6:00 PM (EST) with a program to follow Location: East Cooper Baptist Church 361 Egypt Road Mt Pleasant, South Carolina 29464 View the Event Page
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CEU: An Overnight Family

June 12, 2019 Justin Walters
Join us as discuss the topic of transitioning from foster care to adoption. We will emphasize the importance of support, education, and advocating as it relates to new transitions within the household. This training will also highlight the importance of seeking guidance from Christ in order to create a solidified family structure. After watching the
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CEU: Becoming Victorious in the Midst of Infertility

June 12, 2019 Justin Walters
In this training we will discuss the topic of infertility. Join us as we highlight how Christ can be implemented in your walk of life during infertility adversities. In this training, we will also discuss emotions associated with infertility, benefits of gaining a solid support system, and how to uplift your partner. After watching the
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CEU: Post Adoption Questions

June 12, 2019 Justin Walters
Join us as we discuss the topic of post adoption. This training is designed to highlight emotions and feelings that may surface within adoption, trauma behaviors, and how to handle adversity while an adoptive child/child is in care. After watching the above video, a link will be displayed to complete the evaluation. Following your submission
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