The Lowe Family

April 5, 2017 waitingchild
Adoption can be a challenging process, but for an expat family it can get rather complicated as you add in more countries and steps along the way. Working with Lifeline we never felt like we were trying to figure things out on our own.
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The Godin Family

April 5, 2017 waitingchild
As expats, we had no idea where to begin. Zero. After conducting some research and talking with a few friends, Lifeline's name kept coming to the forefront.
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The Doblin Family

April 5, 2017 waitingchild
Because of our desire to adopt from China and the fact that we currently reside in China, we needed an agency that could understand our communication nuances, provide us with the ability for our home study to be completed on our side of the world and an agency with a great reputation regarding international adoptions from China.
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The Dobelstein Family

April 5, 2017 waitingchild
We live and work in North Africa, so we were unsure of how to begin the process. Because we are connected with Lifeline through our home church, we simply contacted Lifeline with our thoughts. They were incredibly encouraging and helpful from the very beginning.
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The Miley Family

October 14, 2016 rachelmiley
This is a test testimony...
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The Apecena Family

April 29, 2016 rachelmiley
Even now, the genuine care and support of the Lifeline staff has been a lifeline to us.
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The Rainer Family

March 30, 2016
I will not forget the day our children were told about us. Their social worker explained that our son looked at his sister and said, “I told you one day we would have a family. God has answered our prayers.”
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The Grant Family

March 30, 2016
We have discovered that adoption, like childbirth, is a miracle, and the process of bringing your children home is simply the beginning of the journey.
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Meet Luis

March 2, 2016
Meet Luis. Luis lives at Las Lomas, a children’s home in Peru, run by Not Forgotten. When Not Forgotten staff found Luis, he was under 5 years of age, standing on the side of the road, and very sick due to parasites. Had the staff not found him when they did, this could have led to his death. After several hospital stays and proper medical intervention, Luis’ health improved tremendously and Las Lomas became his home. During his first few months there, he called every male adult he saw “Papi.” While this seems very sweet, it was a concerning sign that he previously had no relationship with a distinct father figure. After several months, when Luis’ house dad returned from a trip, Luis embraced and welcomed his “Papi” back home. In doing this, the staff at Las Lomas was thrilled by his attachment to his house dad. Until Luis understands what it means to have a loving, dependable earthly father, he will have difficulty believing that there is a heavenly Father who loves him and who can be trusted completely. Since coming to Las Lomas, the staff has seen Luis blossom in many ways, and it is a true testament to the impact healthy families can have on children.
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The Reed Family

March 2, 2016
Your emotions will be all over the map. You will not feel exactly the way you thought you would in response to circumstances and behaviors. But feelings mean very little in light of the knowledge and assurance of your calling. The same God who called you to adoption will also equip and sustain you. Press forward in love.
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The Buchanan Family

March 2, 2016
It was a feeling beyond words to be home as a family of five! The journey was emotional, trying, and difficult, but so worth it to have Samuel as our son.
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The Mayes Family

March 2, 2016
Ali. Not a day has passed since she joined our family in which we have not thanked God for the blessing that this girl is in our lives. That said, the process was one of the hardest things that we have ever experienced. But now we know—truly know—that God meant for Ali to be part of our family and that the waiting, wondering, and praying were all part of His “faithfulness, provision, kindness, and goodness” to us—all part of her and our story.
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The McKinney Family

March 2, 2016
Our passion has been for the fatherless for a while now. Our first two kids were also adopted internationally. So, we were not new to the ups and downs of adoption—pre or post. And, although it was long and hard to be away from home that long for all of us, we felt peace in knowing this was what God wanted us to do. This experience helped to give us confidence in the program in the Dominican Republic.
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The Powell Family

March 2, 2016
Adoption is hard but, O Sweet Friends, adoption is beautiful because Christ is HOPE! When we first stepped foot onto this journey the Lord is writing, He didn’t promise us that there would be two curly headed Congolese baby girls sleeping across the hall from us every night.He did promise that He would never leave or forsake us and that is a promise that He has kept! “But God has surely listened and HEARD my voice in prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me” (Ps. 66:19-20).
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The Gospel in Uganda

February 29, 2016
Our time working within Uganda has not always been centered on adoptions but has always been centered on children and families and bringing the hope of the gospel to the people there. We have felt the Lord’s calling to Uganda, and we are committed to the work that is happening there for the sake of families and children
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The McMenemy Family

February 29, 2016
After praying, I overwhelmingly heard, "Yes, and amen." After that, it didn't really matter what people said; what paperwork said; how they acted after we met them; what problems they had; or what situations we faced when we got to Colombia or got home. The Lord had put these boys in our lives for a reason.
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The Reithel Family

February 29, 2016
Throughout both adoptions Lifeline was there every step of the way—from the very beginning, when we didn’t have any idea why we were at an informational meeting, to today when, for the life of us, we can’t get our two-year-old to sleep through the night. Lifeline has been strategic and practical in offering us teaching and advice to get us through this lengthy process.
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The Nichols Family

February 29, 2016
We are thankful to know that we have a team in Birmingham who wants this child welcomed into our family just as much as we do (which is, of course, a whole lot). We know that they are praying for and fighting for our little one with the same fervor and urgency that we are. I can’t imagine going through this process with anyone but Lifeline.
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The Phillips Family

February 29, 2016
I cannot recommend Lifeline enough! From our first inquiry email, Lifeline was committed to us and to our sweet child-to-be, holding our hands every step of the way. When an unprecedented complication left our family in a desperate situation, Lifeline walked with us, interceded for us, and used every resource available to reunite our family and bring our girl home.
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The Tice Family

February 29, 2016
Had it not been for Lifeline, their team in country, their team in the states, and the training they had put us through, I really don’t think I would have survived those three and a half weeks. They were the hardest weeks of my life. But, we made it, we are home forever, and we are a family thanks to Lifeline.
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The Lopas Family

February 29, 2016
As believers, adoption should not be motivated by what we think we want for our family, but rather by what the Lord wants for our family. Sometimes, those end up going hand-in-hand, and that is great!! BUT other times, our will and our desire is not in line with what the Lord would have for us. And I will be the first to tell you that it is HARD. And I will also be the first to tell you that that is GOOD.
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The Clement Family

February 29, 2016
A missionary had been discussing the story in Genesis 22 of how the Lord took Abraham on a long journey to prepare his heart and blessed him for being faithful. We, too, had been on a long journey with adoption, and we knew the Lord would provide for us in his timing. So with lots of thoughts and prayers, we happily started the paperwork to adopt three children from Poland.
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The Abell Family

February 29, 2016
With a broken heart, I began to think, "I could adopt a boy like that. I've done this once. I could do it again." And that is when God spoke into my heart and said, "This is what I am asking you to do." After sharing the experience with my husband, he suggested that we pray about adopting a child with cleft lip and palate.
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The Grant Family

February 3, 2016 Rick Singleton
For every wonderful success we have had with Lucas and his development, a new chance for repentance of sin came for us as parents. We thank God that He has used our son to grow us closer to one another, but ultimately to the Lord. Adoption is not for the faint of heart, but it sure is worth it! We would do it all over again to see God work and for Him to be glorified.
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The Rosenthal Family

February 3, 2016 Rick Singleton
Adoption is a necessarily lengthy and somewhat challenging process, designed for the benefit and protection of the child/ren and parents, which is to be expected in the case of any worthwhile commitment. The wonderful people at Lifeline never pressured, never over-promised, and were always there to answer questions. They prayed with us! Lifeline spelled out, well in advance, all the steps we would need to take. They told us what to expect and gave us the tools to be informed, educated, and well-prepared.
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Meet Layla

February 3, 2016 Rick Singleton
Meet Layla. Layla lives at Village of Hope in Guatemala. When she was born, her mother abandoned her in the hospital, making that her home for the first year and a half of her life. She moved to a children’s home after, only to be diagnosed with HIV. Because of her illness, she was relocated to a home where all the children were also HIV+. Layla grew up there where she was treated well and fed well, but upon turning eleven, she was forced to leave what had become her home. She was relocated again to a place where she was physically and verbally mistreated by her caregivers. After begging the local judge to move homes, she was placed into her current home, Village of Hope. At Village of Hope, Layla radiates the joy she has found in being loved by others and in being a part of a family. Most of all, she has discovered her worth and recognizes the purpose that God has for her life.
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Meet Warda

February 3, 2016 Rick Singleton
Meet Warda.  Warda is from Pakistan and lives at Developing Hope Girls Home with 30 other girls. Warda moved into the home when it first opened. She was 11 years old then and we have had the joy of seeing her grow into a beautiful young lady. In Pakistan, girls are not always given the opportunity to receive an education so attending school gives the girls in the home a special opportunity. Warda loves going to school, and is very diligent and devoted to her studies. Warda dreams of using her education one day to be a doctor.  The house parents of the home, Shabhaz and Uzma, have seen Warda grow over the years in her walk with the Lord and love watching her tell stories from the Bible to the younger children in the home.
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Meet Emmanuel

February 3, 2016 Rick Singleton
Meet Emmanuel. Emmanuel lives in the Dominican Republic at Niños de la Luz, (un)adopted’s partner boys’ home. Emmanuel is 17 years old and has lived at Niños de la Luz for six years. While living in the family environment of Ninos de la Luz with 13 “brothers”, Emmanuel has grown in the gifts and skills God has given him. He is extremely athletic and enjoys baseball, basketball, and skateboarding. Emmanuel also loves to draw and is a skilled artist. He has emerged as a leader with an adventurous spirit and even volunteers several times a week helping younger children at a local school. As Emmanuel grows into a young man, he dreams of using the gifts and skills God has given him to be an art teacher.
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Meet Jerome

February 3, 2016 Rick Singleton
Meet Jerome. Jerome lives in Liberia and attended a life skill camp sponsored by (un)adopted and REAP. At camp, Jerome learned the skill of masonry and is using his skills to serve by repairing buildings at his orphanage. He recently began construction on a small building for a church. In his time at the camp, Jerome learned that God has a purpose for his life and has gifted him in specific ways. Jerome is thriving in using his gifts and skills to bless others. Through the growth in Jerome’s life, the director of his orphanage has discovered the importance of life skill training and discipleship for other children in her home and is encouraging them to grow in the skills God has given them as they learn more of the Hope of Christ.
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Meet Godwin and Winner

February 3, 2016 Rick Singleton
Meet Godwin and Winner. Godwin and Winner are brothers who live in Togo. They grew up in the same orphanage and have spent most of their lives learning how to provide for themselves while taking care of one another. Godwin and Winner recently attended a Vocational Training Program provided by (un)adopted and a local partner in Togo. Each boy decided to learn a different skill so that when the training was over, they would be able to provide for their orphanage in greater ways. Godwin learned to build a chicken coop and Winner learned to farm. Each boy excelled in their training and gained valuable skills. Godwin and Winner are now providing for their orphanage in numerous ways and using their skills to bless others. Even more importantly than learning valuable trades, Godwin and Winner grew in their understanding of the Gospel and were impacted by the life-changing grace and love of Christ.
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Meet Grace

February 3, 2016 Rick Singleton
Meet Grace. Grace lives in Uganda with her daughter, Esther, and attends Busega Community School for the Deaf. Because she was born deaf and unable to talk, Grace was often left alone at home and mistreated by many in her community. Pastor Raphael, (un)adopted’s partner in Uganda, heard Grace’s story and invited her to enroll in the school. She is now learning to communicate through sign language, receiving an education, and thriving in the love and acceptance found at Busega Community School for the Deaf. God continues to use Grace’s story to make an impact in her community. Because her daughter, Esther, was born blind, (un)adopted recently opened a school for the blind, providing a place for children like Esther to learn and grow. For the first time, Grace and Esther are learning to communicate with one another through tactile sign. They, along with Grace’s mom, are now active members of the local church where they are discovering the grace and love offered through Christ.
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The Schuck Family

February 3, 2016 Rick Singleton
When we were brought to the room where our daughter was, I thought I would explode with all sorts of emotions. She reached her little hand out to me and called me “mama”.
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The Gunter Family

February 3, 2016 Rick Singleton
In that moment, C.J. was fatherless no more. We spent a wonderful week getting to play with him in the orphanage and learning more about his special needs. It was absolutely heartbreaking to say goodbye at the end of that week, but we trusted that God would finish what He started for C.J.
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