The Church Responding (Summer Kid's Camp '16: Day 3)

June 29, 2016 rachelmiley
Yesterday I had the extreme privilege of spending the day with eight precious girls from China. As a social worker with Lifeline, this was not the first time I have served at Kids Camp, but this year was different. This year, the church that I attend decided to take on a day of Kids Camp. This might not sound like a big thing to you, but to our church, this was huge.
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A Heart To Serve (Summer Kid's Camp 16' Day 2)

June 29, 2016 rachelmiley
I hadn’t been at camp long when little Leila captured my attention.She is 3 years old and has Downs Syndrome. She was perfectly content playing with three little Lincoln logs. I, however, was not content to let her! I wanted to hold her and play with her. Finally, someone holding Leila came near to me and I smiled and waived at her. She immediately threw open her arms and reached for me. That’s all it took….I was a puddle.
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Watershed Moment for Haiti Adoptions

June 2, 2016 rachelmiley
-PRESS RELEASE- BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Lifeline Children’s Services led Dan and Julie Cruz of Pennsylvania through the first ever adoption in Haiti under the newly implemented Hague Convention procedures for the country. This milestone is monumental for Haiti and families who are seeking to adopt from this country, as it represents the culmination of years
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Three Important Relationships for Temporary Dads

June 1, 2016 lifeline
I’ll never forget when our first respite care child, a three-year-old boy, came to our home. My wife and I were so excited and so nervous! All the training, home preparation, and prayer led to this moment. This little boy’s foster parents came, visited a few minutes, and left him in our temporary care. Within
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Three Reflections of God’s Heart on Father’s Day

June 1, 2016 lifeline
I’ve always considered Father’s Day to be kind of a goofy holiday. Someone, somewhere (probably working for Hallmark) decided that dads needed a day devoted to them since moms get one in May. I am sure some dads have families who go all out for Father’s Day: They do breakfast in bed, steak for lunch
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A New Dad’s Perspective on Fatherhood and Adoption

June 1, 2016 lifeline
  Alex and Geneva Limbaugh began their adoption process from Kyrgyzstan in September of 2014 and returned home with their 7-year-old son, Tristan, on February 6, 2016. It was this process that allowed the Limbaughs to become parents, and Alex to become a dad. As a first-time father, particularly through adoption, Alex could often get
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The Option of Adoption

May 6, 2016 rachelmiley
As a counselor who serves women in unexpected and crisis pregnancies, the brokenness of the world is on display before my eyes: the Enemy has distorted, in so many ways, the message of abortion. The world tells women that abortion is loving—that abortion is the only way to prevent your child and you from suffering
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Three Generations of Mothers: Making Eternal Impact

April 22, 2016 rachelmiley
Elizabeth Norris’s youngest daughter, Hannah (pictured in the black and white dress), spent her last eight months at Lifeline’s China Foster Center. Elizabeth Norris Shares the story of the impact the foster center had on the child who now calls her “Mom” and encourages other women, including those in her life to do the same!
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Why We Go Back

April 6, 2016
I incorrectly assumed that the majority of orphans in China had adoption files and would eventually be adopted. The heartbreaking reality is that less than 1% of the orphans in China will ever know the love of a forever family.
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Lifeline Men Lifting Up Men

April 6, 2016
As an adoptive father, I have the blessing of getting together with other local adoptive dads just to talk, fellowship, understand, and share regularly at Lifeline Men’s Lunches. Adoptive moms are often better at networking, blogging, conferencing, and reaching out. But, men may need an extra nudge.
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Changing Lives through the Church

April 6, 2016
We are believers in this goal, as we know from Scripture that God ordained family; however, outside of multiple short-term interventions, there are few, or no, real Christ-centered services being offered to birth parents—services that extend hope for lasting success to them and their children.
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A Continuing Adoption Story

April 6, 2016
We were brought to our knees and brought to a deeper relationship with our Savior. But, we made it and our family wouldn’t feel complete without any one of these kiddos, and our faith is stronger because of it.
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The Blessing of Weakness

April 1, 2016
Our legacy can be certain if we will decline fascination with our own competence; opting instead for a radical confidence in the power of God.
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Meet Kindra (March Kids Camp '16)

March 29, 2016
During my time volunteering at Kids Camp I got to meet so many amazing, sweet kids.  I really connected with one particular girl, Kindra, which I believe happened because I saw a lot of my tendencies in her.  Like me, Kindra was more on the shy side and didn’t talk much. We easily fell into
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Meet Nate (March Kids Camp '16)

March 21, 2016
I can’t believe that Kids Camp is over… in a few short hours the children who have become so dear to my heart will board a plane for China. I know I will never see many of them again, but they will certainly remain in my thoughts and prayers for quite some time. These kids
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McWane Center (March Kids Camp '16: Day 8)

March 18, 2016
One of my favorite things is when children have the opportunity to simply act like children. And, there is almost no better place for this than the McWane Center. At the McWane Center, children are given a safe environment to touch all of the things that they are always told not to touch and do
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Atlanta Road Trip (March Kids Camp '16: Day 6)

March 17, 2016
They were the sweetest little things singing and dancing to music praising the Lord. They may not have known what they were singing, but the Lord can use all things to reveal Himself, and draw His children to Him.
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Freedom (March Kids Camp '16: Day 7)

March 17, 2016
As the children hear each story and experience each moment, we pray that she’s right – that they “get it” – and that they are coming closer to understanding the gift of the Gospel. There are so many new and different things that we are excited to show our campers, but the most exciting thing we have to offer is the love of Jesus.
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So Now, We are His Children

March 16, 2016
We now belong to a Father, in a new family with sisters and brothers from all times, cultures, and languages. We have not earned this identity, but have received it all because of Jesus!
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"Ni Hao" Naomi! (March Kids Camp '16: Day 4)

March 15, 2016 lifeline
*Naomi is not currently eligible for adoption through Lifeline* I am confident in these things: Naomi is a brave, intelligent, creative, generous, intuitive, and compassionate soul. She is a natural leader and loving nurturer. Talk about love that transcends culture and language! What a holy gift that was for me.
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