When we thought Baby C # 3 was going to be adopted, I applied for several grants/loans online. Lifesong was one of those organizations, and they have asked that I share their monthly orphan blog here! I am so excited about this because orphan ministry is so so important, and this is something I can do from my house that will hopefully touch some hearts. We are still so excited about adopting, and I love feeling like I am doing something in the mean time. So, here it goes:
"God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure." Ephesians 1:5 (NLT)
Adoption. One of the most beautiful pieces of the Gospel. An all-powerful and loving Father God chose us, in our sinfulness, to be His sons and daughters. Does it get any better than that? The fact that we, as Christians, can replicate this relationship in our own families to tell the Gospel through our lives is an complete honor and joy.
"WE SAID YES TO ADOPTION" // Andy & Laura's Story
Part of God's provision came from Lifesong and its partner, Legacy 685 Adoption Fund, helping this family financially with a matching grant and funding support.
INDIGENOUS ADOPTION // UkraineMeet Volodya and Lyliya, one of the many Ukrainian families blessed by Adoption without Borders, an initiative that intentionally links like-minded families and churches in the USA with Christian families in Ukraine who are seeking to adopt.
"(Adoption is) the deepest evangelism we can provide, to dedicate our lives to bringing children to the Lord. Our biggest dream is that all of our children would commit their lives to God." --Volodya & Lyliya, adoptive parents of five Ukrainian children
HOW CAN I HELP?Because of your support, the families above have been able to give a forever family to a child in need. Are you looking for ways to join the cause? What you could do:
- Start a Church Adoption Fund
- Encourage these families by commenting on the blog or on Facebook, offering prayers and words of encouragement
- Support families through Adoption Grant Fund
READ MORE ABOUT ADOPTION...How Could We Not? - Erik & Erin's adoption story is unique, but beautiful as they stepped in to help a family member in need by providing Austin with a stable and secure family. Read Full Story
Worth the Wait - Guest blog post from Jeff & Rachel, adoptive parents of Kate from Ethiopia. Read Full Story
God Creates Family from Strangers - Sharon, adoptive mom, shares her heart of on an ordinary day four months after bringing Asrate into their forever family. Read Full Story
US Churches impacting Ukrainian families! - Three US churches wrap around a Ukrainian family to ensure home repairs where finished soadoption could be complete. Read Full Story
"I know you guys!" - Read as Robert & Alexis share about meeting their son Jacob for the very first time. Read Full Story