Engaging Your Church in Orphan Sunday

October 23, 2015
I am so grateful for this opportunity to share our experience with engaging our church in Orphan Sunday. God began writing this story more than three years ago when He called us to adopt one of His precious children. As many of you have experienced firsthand, “We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before
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Perhaps It's Even Him

October 16, 2015
There is always a part of me that longs to travel the world, and when I do, I often return home more heavy-hearted than I can imagine. But if you would have told me two years ago that China would be a portion of that reality, I would have politely disagreed. It was never on
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Praying for Your Child’s Birth Mother and Father

October 15, 2015
Kenisha is a Lifeline birthmother who came to the Lifeline Maternity Village in the summer before her senior year of high school. As a pregnant teen, she chose an adoption plan for her child and, with the help of Lifeline, placed a precious baby boy for adoption. She offers her testimony as a source of
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Preventative Caregiving: Making Headway in China

October 14, 2015
While working at Lifeline I have realized my enjoyment of “preventative education.” Similar to premarital counseling in many respects, preventative education often helps stop problems before they ever become significant issues. Having the opportunity to educate adoptive parents pre-adoption has been rewarding, as I knew that it was helping to prevent many issues that commonly
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What if abortion became illegal?

October 5, 2015 Rick Singleton
In light of the recent release of videos detailing the horrific work of abortions inside Planned Parenthood and the move to defund this organization from federal tax monies, I began to think, “What if abortion became illegal in the U.S. tomorrow?” What would I do? How would I respond? Instantly, I knew that I would
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Planned Parenthood, Ashley Madison, and the Gospel

August 27, 2015 Rick Singleton
Unless you have been on an extremely strict media fast for the last month, undoubtedly you have been confronted with two very heart-wrenching commentaries on our culture. Planned Parenthood has made headlines in videos, released by the Center for Medical Progress, detailing the grotesque realities of harvesting unborn babies for research and stem cells. These
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Back-to-School Tips for Educators

August 13, 2015
As parents, teachers, and children are beginning the new school year, we know there is much excitement. This time of the year also provides many opportunities for uncertainty and anxiety, particularly for parents of children from challenging backgrounds. Foster and adoptive parents play a vital role in the lives of their children and in preparing
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What does the (un)adopted R(un) for One support?

July 30, 2015
Your participation in the #RunforOne 5K on August 22nd will impact the lives of orphans in FIVE different countries!   What does (un)adopted do in China? One year ago, we moved 13 children into the Lifeline Foster Center from one of the hardest orphanages in China. Many were malnourished and almost all had experienced extreme
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The Lord Will Carry Out His Purpose

July 28, 2015
Before the Lord graciously placed adoption on our hearts, we really never thought about adoption. We certainly never talked about it. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Jesus CLEARLY placed adoption on our hearts and changed our lives forever. We are so very thankful for the many ways adoption has beautifully transformed our family and helped
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A Brazil State of Mind

July 27, 2015
To to carry out the ministry to which He has called us, God works through the resources and staff within Lifeline’s doors and through countless partners outside the walls of Lifeline offices. Currently, we have two incredible opportunities, and we are looking for individuals and families to join us. One of these opportunities is right
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All In for That

July 23, 2015
His big brown eyes looked at me across the breakfast table and he promised, “I’ll run it this year with you, Mom.” My heart melted…again. If you are a parent, you know the pain of rousing your child early any day of the year much less a hot summer one. Yet, he was willing to go.
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Our Response to the Needs of the Fatherless

July 22, 2015 lifeline
  What does orphan care look like? Truth be told, it is typically not glamorous. When we are truly doing orphan care, we often enter into a world of suffering. In providing care for these children who have already experienced a tremendous amount of pain and loss, there are things that we all can do,
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Love Makes a Difference

June 25, 2015
Pictured above: Elizabeth, Vivienne, Hannah, and Bear Norris In 2012, Lifeline Children’s Services followed an opportunity to partner with an orphanage in China whose children captured the hearts of our staff. These children needed love, care, and hope in a tremendous way. As Lifeline began building a relationship with this orphanage through medical trips and caretaker
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See with His Eyes

June 24, 2015
Do you know that feeling you get when the Lord is telling you to do something, but you aren’t one hundred percent sure yet what it exactly is that He wants you to do? Well, that’s how foster care started for me. I was fresh out of graduate school and searching for a job when
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Fathers.

June 22, 2015
Daddy’s Little Girl. I have always had a special relationship with my father. As a child I saw him as my protector. He was the man who locked our doors and put me into bed at night, tucking me in tight so that the “monsters” wouldn’t catch me in my sleep. My father put bows
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Responding to a Crisis

June 21, 2015
The idea and severity of a crisis is very subjective depending on the individual. Many post-adoption or foster families consider a serious crisis to be an incident that involves a threat to safety or well-being, a loss as a result of death or separation, extreme conflict between members of the family unit, or major health
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My husband is not the best father.

June 18, 2015
My husband is not the best father. Now, please don’t read that wrong. My husband is an amazing father to our son. He shows love in countless ways. He works hard to provide the necessities of life, he is emotionally supportive, and he leads our family spirituality. He is genuine, humble, kind… the list could
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Turn and Become Like Children

June 17, 2015
Our church has the privilege of ministering to our community through a Christian preschool that meets on our campus four days a week. The director of the preschool came to me to ask if there was any ministry I was aware of that was worthy of supporting that could also engage the kids and provide
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The Weight of Fatherhood

June 15, 2015
Because of various circumstances of my childhood, one of the qualities I desired most in a future husband was a character that would translate into being a good father. I even volunteered in the preschool ministry at church with the man who is now my husband because, although limited, our time there gave a good
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Called to Fatherhood

June 12, 2015
Early on in my adult life, I knew exactly what I wanted to be. When the question of what do you want to be in life was asked, my friends would typically reply with what their career goals were.  As for me, I yearned to be a Father so I could share the same love
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