Discipling Children from Trauma Backgrounds

June 15, 2021 lifelineit
Compiled by Jenny Riddle, with contributions from Traci Newell and Mark Sly When children enter homes from traumatic backgrounds, their lives have already been shaped by circumstances that make brokenness a part of their story. Difficulties children may have faced include medical issues, abuse or neglect, and abandonment. All have experienced grief on various levels.
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Six Ways to Kick Off Your Stand for Orphans

June 15, 2021 rachelmiley
We also thought the stand was a great way to teach children about orphans and how they can make an impact in the lives of orphans/vulnerable children firsthand.
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Words of Encouragement for Dads

June 4, 2021 skvaughn
Mark Sly serves as the (un)adopted Regional Coordinator for Africa and Eurasia. He is the father of three children and on youth ministry staff for nine years before coming to Lifeline. Parenting. Fatherhood. For Mark Sly, those two words initially wrought fear into his heart, as the heavy responsibility of raising a child dropped its
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National Foster Care Month: Opening the Doors of Conversation about Birth Families

May 1, 2021 rachelmiley
Compiled by Jenny Riddle with Traci Newell, LBSW, TBRI® Practitioner, Education Specialist & National Program Director for Families Count™ For foster parents, talking with children in their care about their families may be uncomfortable, particularly when circumstances are challenging. As shepherds of their children’s hearts, though, parents must recognize that a child’s understanding of his
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Building Bridges

April 23, 2021 skvaughn
“Education is a matter of building bridges.” Ralph Ellison Recently, one of our Bridge tutors spent some time with a fifteen-year-old girl with Down Syndrome who with tears streaming down her face, asked why she had to been born different? We have all heard the bowl of alphabet soup diagnosis: OCD, ADHD, ODD, GAD, Dyslexic,
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'Essence of Adolescents'

April 22, 2021 rachelmiley
“Ugh, teenagers!” “Teens just go brain dead for a little while and then come back.” “It’s all the raging hormones — they act crazy!” “If we can just get through these years, we will be ok.” In the book Brainstorm, Daniel L. Siegel, M.D., provides abundant research on the changes that take place within the
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Christ is Sufficient to Carry us on our Mission

April 1, 2021 skvaughn
In the Old Testament, we see how God provided a way for people to deal with their sin. Once a year, the high priest entered the Holy of Holies, taking the blood spilled from sacrificial  animals. The blood meant the death of an animal as a substitute for the death of the priest and the
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Hell is Real: The Urgency of the Mission on Good Friday

April 1, 2021 skvaughn
As human beings, we don’t want to believe in Hell. We tend to want to see Heaven as a reality for anyone who is “good” and follows the rules. The world constantly tells us that anyone who isn’t truly “bad” will go to heaven, but this is not a biblical reality. The default for sinful
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Celebrating Our Social Workers for Social Work Month 2021

March 4, 2021 rachelmiley
In celebration of Social Work Month, we asked one of our case workers in Tennessee, Lauren Haun, about the field of social work and why she believes this work is “essential.” Lifeline is so thankful for our many skilled social workers on staff, and know they are making a difference as they strive to bring
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40 Years: Roots of Reconciliation

January 5, 2021 rachelmiley
“I HEAR YOU SAY YOU FEEL WORTHLESS BECAUSE YOU’VE MADE A MISTAKE. BUT I’M HERE TO TELL YOU, I’M NO BETTER. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND ME IS THAT I HAVE HOPE. AND I’D LOVE TO TELL YOU WHERE YOU CAN FIND THAT HOPE.”   – LIFELINE STAFF MEMBER TO BIRTH MOTHER  It was the
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Post-Holiday Transitions

January 1, 2021 rachelmiley
Children, especially those from trauma backgrounds, tend to find stability and safety in structured, predictable environments. Those two words are not typically used to describe holidays or winter breaks. Additionally, holiday breaks are short in nature, so the transitions are swift and bring abrupt changes and challenges in a short amount of time. Add cold
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The Steadfast Love of God at Christmas

December 25, 2020 Taylor Gatlin
Psalm 117 “Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!” (ESV)   The year 2020 has been one in which we can feel the collective weariness of our souls cry out to the Lord. The
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Change One Life — Stories of Impact

December 22, 2020 rachelmiley
  GEORGE Forgotten. Uneducated. Empty. George was born in Liberia, the 4th poorest country in the world, crippled by years of civil war. George was 1 of Liberia’s 100,000 orphans, who like his peers, were often overlooked and forgotten. When he was a young teen, George attended his first life skills camp, hosted by Lifeline’s
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National Adoption Month — A Biological Sibling’s Perspective on Adoption

November 23, 2020 rachelmiley
By Jenny Riddle On the November 11, 2020 episode of The Defender Podcast, Herbie Newell talked with Boyd Christenberry, son of Kim and Bill Christenberry. Boyd gave his perspective on adoption as a biological child whose family was completed through adoption. Completion, Not Addition Boyd is the oldest of eight children. Five of his siblings
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National Adoption Month — Funding Your Adoption

November 16, 2020 rachelmiley
By Neisha Roberts When people first hear, “It will cost between $35-$50,000 to adopt,” there’s a quick gut response that usually follows — “How in the world could we ever afford that?” We completely understand. Your heart is willing and you’re ready to take the next step in faith, but your head is stuck running
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National Adoption Month — Finding Your Country

November 9, 2020 rachelmiley
By Neisha Roberts A little girl from China. A 12-year-old boy from Colombia. A baby girl from Louisiana. Three siblings from Bulgaria. God’s beautiful children across the world find their way home to their forever families through adoption. The process, although at times long and arduous, ends in a wonderfully woven tapestry of details that
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National Adoption Month — Why We Adopt

November 2, 2020 rachelmiley
More than a Photograph By Jessica Roberts, Lifeline Mom Our family’s journey toward adoption doesn’t begin like many of the stories we know. When my husband, Rhodes, and I were married, we didn’t have any intentional discussions about how we would like to grow our family. We weren’t like those couples that both happened to
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International Adoption Continues As Borders Open

September 2, 2020 rachelmiley
By Jenny Riddle We are praising the Lord for His continued providence for children and families in our international adoption programs in the middle of this pandemic. Although travel has slowed significantly for everyone, we have seen God at work in bringing children home. Processes are progressing, and borders are continuing to open.  Celebrate with
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International Adoption Through a Pandemic

September 2, 2020 rachelmiley
By Jenny Riddle International adoption is always filled with the unexpected. Surprises, detours, and bumps in the road are all quite normal and expected. A global pandemic, however, has far exceeded the usual unexpected. Families whose bags were packed to bring their children home were banned from travel by government authorities. Families who were awaiting
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In All Things Sovereign: How Two Families Unite in a Pandemic

August 28, 2020 rachelmiley
By Brooke Rowan and Jenny Riddle In a time of collective struggling, hearing about the redemptive work of the Lord is hope to a weary soul. Although COVID-19 has created many challenges to the international adoption process for many families, the Lord has been faithfully working. Through Lifeline’s Haiti program, two families experienced inexpressible joy
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