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 — 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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God's Matching Handiwork

October 31, 2020 rachelmiley
Written by Vickye Schultz, Texas State Director Submitted by Anna Pawley, International Social Worker Edited by Neisha Roberts, Written Content Coordinator It’s amazing how God’s hand watches over children that are matched with adoptive families. This story is one that no one has told nor read about until now. I had the privilege of watching
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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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As You're Considering Adoption

August 9, 2020 rachelmiley
By Neisha Roberts Our friends at Show Hope say it well: “Not everyone is called to adopt, but everyone is called to do something.” Maybe you’re at the point where you’ve prayed earnestly about adoption and felt the Holy Spirit’s urging to “find out more.” You probably have many more questions than answers at this
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Intercountry Adoption & the Sovereignty of God

March 22, 2018 rachelmiley
The question of how we respond in this crisis is one of worldview. We must recognize that God’s agenda to protect and provide for vulnerable children is much greater than ourselves, and God’s purpose is even greater than our methods for helping to accomplish it (even adoption).
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Parenting: How to Deliver a Consequence

February 16, 2018 rachelmiley
These discussions of trauma and attachment can, at times, leave a parent feeling paralyzed in how to respond to misbehavior for fear they will cause further damage and trauma...As we provide discipline, (training that corrects, molds, and encourages moral character) rather than punishment (which can be punitive and create fear in a child), we help that child find the secure foundation they need.
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Courageous Hearts for God-Sized Challenges

January 26, 2018 rachelmiley
Stacie and Daniel Jackson have adopted twice from China. Both of their two daughters were 8 years old when they came home with their forever family. Both girls had lived a journey of significant medical needs, but the support they received from their new family led the Jacksons to experience God’s miraculous work in multiple ways.
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Pro-Life Means Every Life

January 8, 2018 rachelmiley
the ultimate value of human life can be found in the gospel. God the Son became a man and fulfilled the work of redemption, and the price that was paid in Jesus establishes the proper worth of people. We treasure each other not so much because of our inherent merit but because of the unfathomable worth of Jesus. At Lifeline Children’s Services, we come alongside the Body of Christ to strive to protect the unborn and to care for and shepherd the already born in ways that extend the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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$300 Scholarship Available for Lifeline Families

November 1, 2017 rachelmiley
Many times financial barriers can be an obstacle to families embarking on an adoption journey. We understand that funding an international adoption is daunting, so Lifeline strives to provide support and relief, whenever possible, for families.
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A Celebration of Beginnings: India

September 1, 2017 lifeline
The Master Architect Burdened to adopt from India, the Nichols family attended an informational meeting at Lifeline in 2014, knowing that an international adoption program for India was not yet in existence. But, God was busy behind the scenes, crafting a beautiful story that no one could have imagined. Unknown to the Nichols, Lifeline was
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Orphan Care: Caring for Their Past, Present, and Future

August 2, 2017 rachelmiley
Garth Thorpe, (un)adopted Education Manager   Victor could have been one of the over 38,000 orphans that will age out of an orphanage without the necessary life skills needed to survive. But God allowed (un)adopted® to be part of changing his story through Life Skills Education Training (LSET).     The current global reality that over 38,000
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Collett Family Story

June 21, 2017 rachelmiley
During 2013, the Collett family went from a household of five to seven, including five teenagers, when they adopted Alyona and Zhenya from Ukraine. Since growing their family, they have adjusted to their new normal, including navigating challenges stemming from the dynamics of sibling relationships.
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Changes in China | Lifeline Foster Center Update

April 19, 2017 rachelmiley
As of this week, all of the children in the care of Lifeline’s Foster Center have been moved back to their orphanages. We are saddened by the implications of this news for the children we have loved and cared for, as well as the children all over the country of China who will be affected. Although our hearts are broken over these events, we know that this was not a surprise to our Heavenly Father.
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Program Spotlight: Eurasia

April 19, 2017 international
Lifeline’s Eurasia program is currently accepting applications for the countries of Ukraine, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, and a new country coming soon! What’s new in your program? Our Eurasia countries had a spectacular 2016 with 40 children coming home and we are off to an exciting start in 2017. With eight countries in
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Program Spotlight: Southeast Asia

April 11, 2017 international
Lifeline’s Southeast Asia program is currently accepting applications for the countries of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and India. What’s new in your program? We have seen some exciting growth in our India, Taiwan, and Hong Kong programs over the past few months. Many children have been added to the waiting child lists, and we are so
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April Monthly Focus: International Adoption

April 6, 2017 international
Problem: Currently, there are over 153 million orphaned and vulnerable children in the world today. Each year, Lifeline serves more than 400 families in various stages of the adoption process. The reality is there are many more children that are in need and are waiting for permanent families. At Lifeline inter-country adoption is growing and
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Program Spotlight: Latin America

April 5, 2017 international
Program Spotlight: Latin America Lifeline’s Latin America group is currently accepting applications for the countries of Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Dominican Republic. What’s new in your program? We have been thrilled to see our pilot families return home with their newly adopted children from our programs in Brazil and Honduras. And, we have been
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