Restoring Hope for Orphans in Liberia: Jerry’s Story
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by Trisha Priebe
3d ago
Liberia’s 14-year civil war from 1989–2003 created over 100,000 orphans. Jerry was one of hundreds of orphans in Liberia who fled to the forest for safety. But even as he and other kids found refuge from the violence of war, they had no family to love or care for them. While Jerry doesn’t know much about his past, he knows the One Who guides his future—known before the foundation of the world by a loving God Who holds him in tender care. Hear in Jerry’s own deeply impactful words what God is doing in his life— Also during Liberia’s civil war, a man named Emmanuel Jones gave his life to Chr ..read more
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Prija Had to Steal to Survive | An Update From Thailand
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by Oksana Murphy
5d ago
When Prija* was 4 years old, her father worked 14-hour shifts every day in a factory. Her mother left the family when Prija was just 3 months old, so Prija had no one to care for her during this time. As a 4-year-old on her own in Thailand, Prija never knew when her next meal was coming, and she rarely felt safe from danger. Many of her most basic needs she lacked, including food and safety. For the next two years, Prija spent her days alone in a small room. When she ventured outside, she was bullied and physically abused by the other kids in her community. Unlike the other kids, Prija was b ..read more
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Daka Didn’t Fight Malaria Alone | An Update from Zambia
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by Oksana Murphy
1w ago
Daka* was born into a loving family, the youngest of seven children. When he was young, his father passed away, leaving him and his six siblings to be raised by a single mother. As his mother struggled to provide, Daka was invited to attend Lifesong school in Zambia where he received Gospel-centered, holistic care at no cost. As a young child, Daka fell ill often. His family took him to a clinic where he was treated for malaria. But when Daka was 10 years old, his sickness worsened. Our team sent Daka to Lifesong’s clinic where he received preliminary treatment. Above: A medical profession ..read more
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Discipleship Changed Natasha’s Life | An Update from Uganda
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by Oksana Murphy
2w ago
Natasha experienced great sadness before seeking help from our team in Uganda. At the time, she was living with her mother who was ill. Natasha’s father was not present in her life, so she cared for her mother alone. When Natasha arrived at Global Hands of Hope, she was fearful of building relationships with the other children. Since then, her life has transformed, and she is no longer afraid. Ritah, a ministry leader in Uganda, shared— “God graciously got a hold of Natasha’s heart. She started to attend chapel and various Bible lessons.” At Lifesong, we stand by a four-part pledge to the ch ..read more
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Funding the Adoption Journey: One Family’s Story
Lifesong Blog
by Trisha Priebe
3w ago
Money should never be the reason a child doesn’t have a family. However, here at Lifesong, we understand that the adoption journey can be filled with financial hurdles, deterring many well-intentioned families from adopting. But we refuse to let finances stand in the way of a child growing up in a loving home. So through adoption financial assistance—like matching grants, interest-free loans, and adoption crowdfunding pages—we help bridge the gap in adoption fundraising. Specifically, by removing financial barriers, we seek to empower families to focus on what truly matters, providing love ..read more
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Bigger Than Us: Dan and Allison’s Story
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by Lifesong for Orphans
3w ago
Today, on #WorldDownSyndromeDay we celebrate individuals with Down syndrome and the extraordinary joy they bring into our world. The story below was first published in 2021. Dan and Allison thought their family was complete. They had three great biological kids. Everyone was healthy and happy. What more could they want? Then one day while she was at home, Allison felt prompted by God to consider adoption. She was on board, but her husband, Dan, wasn’t quite so sure. As a planner, he knew adoption would put them on an entirely different financial path. Thankfully, God would use a simple new ..read more
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Planting Seeds in Aneth and Brighton’s Lives | An Update in Tanzania
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by Oksana Murphy
1M ago
Aneth and Brighton experienced the life-changing effects of discipleship in Tanzania. After years of wondering how the Gospel applied to their lives, they decided to make their walk with Jesus their own. Aneth’s Story When Aneth came to our team in Tanzania, she was initially disinterested in her faith. Going to church was a chore for her, and she doubted the Gospel could apply to her. Above: Aneth Top: Children who have recently accepted Jesus in Tanzania. However, something remarkable happened when she received Christ. A newfound sense of peace enveloped her, and a desire to grow spirit ..read more
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Rachael’s Long-Awaited Return to School | An Update from Zambia
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by Oksana Murphy
1M ago
Rachael* prayed and prayed she would be able to return to school. When God didn’t answer her prayer, she contemplated giving up on Him. Thankfully, our team at Kharis House in Zambia is committed to helping young mothers like Rachael grow in their faith through difficult times in their lives. According to International Justice Mission, Zambia ranks 116th out of 145 countries in gender equality. Despite similar enrollment rates for girls and boys in primary education, girls drop out of school as their education advances, often the result of early marriage and teenage pregnancy. When a teenage ..read more
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Giving Hope and a Future: The Coetzer Family Adoption Story
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by Trisha Priebe
1M ago
Adrian and Jennifer grew up in families that consistently welcomed children in need. So for them, they felt adopting a child wasn’t a question of “if” but “when.” Like many Christian couples, adoption was something Adrian and Jennifer discussed early in their marriage. But then they had two biological sons and life got busier. One day, their three-year-old son, Sutton said out of the blue, “I’ve been dreaming of a sibling coming, and he’s going to live here”—and Sutton started setting an extra place at the table for the sibling he was sure was on his way. Only, Sutton had no idea Adrian and ..read more
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Giving Hope and a Future: The Coetzer Family Adoption Story
Lifesong Blog
by Trisha Priebe
1M ago
Adrian and Jennifer grew up in families that consistently welcomed children in need. So for them, they felt adopting a child wasn’t a question of “if” but “when.” Like many Christian couples, adoption was something Adrian and Jennifer discussed early in their marriage. But then they had two biological sons and life got busier. One day, their three-year-old son, Sutton said out of the blue, “I’ve been dreaming of a sibling coming, and he’s going to live here”—and Sutton started setting an extra place at the table for the sibling he was sure was on his way. Only, Sutton had no idea Adrian and ..read more
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