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Your support for orphaned and vulnerable children in Tanzania is changing lives of people like Mussa. A tough beginning

Mussa was born in 1986 in a suburb of Mwanza, Tanzania. His father was a heavy drinker who physically abused his wife most evenings after returning home from local drinking establishments. On multiple occasions, she was beaten severely to the point of unconsciousness. This horrific pattern of abuse caused her to run away and divorce Mussa’s father.

But it also meant she left her children behind, including Mussa..

Once Mussa’s mother escaped, his father began to abuse Mussa and the other children at home. Mussa’s older brother and sister ran away and ultimately ended up living on the streets of Mwanza. Mussa remained at home with his younger brothers and sisters.

Now, as the eldest child at home, his father began beating him regularly.
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A sweet reunion

When Mussa could no longer handle the abuse, he escaped to the streets of Mwanza. He lived on the streets for about three years until in 1999 he came to Tanzania Children’s Rescue Center (TCRC) at the encouragement of his older brother, who was already living at TCRC.

About a year later, a local believer came one day to TCRC, bringing with her a very young boy who was lost and had run away from home. Some of the staff at TCRC talked to the child on the evening of his arrival and recognized is story. They introduced the young child to Mussa and his older brother and they realized he was one of their younger brothers who’d also escaped from their father.

It was a joyful celebration for those three brothers to be reunited at TCRC.
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A change of heart

Prior to his arrival at TCRC, Mussa’s life was on the streets and had been hard on him and his body—ravaged by drug use and other substances such as glue. He was initially (and understandably) very wary of TCRC, even with his older brother nearby, and Mussa left TCRC several times to go back to the streets where he could get the drugs to which his body had become addicted.

Each time he left, Pastor Micah would go back to the streets and encourage Mussa to return to the safety of TCRC. The fourth time this happened, Mussa promised to stay.

The difference this time was that Mussa’s heart was completely changed after learning that he had a Heavenly Father Who loved him more than his earthly father ever could.

On that day, Mussa trusted Christ, and his eternal destiny was secured.

Instead of continuing to find his comfort and security in the intoxicating drugs found on the streets of Mwanza, Mussa hated them. The TCRC community could see that Mussa was changed. In 2008, Mussa felt called to be a servant of God. He attended a Bible training school and graduated in 2012. Nearing graduation, he had been praying about his next steps and felt led to come back to TCRC so that he could help other children arriving at TCRC from hard places … just like he experienced.

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A new life

Today, Mussa is our campus chaplain at TCRC.

Mussa received additional training for his role, and God continues to use him to preach and reach people across Tanzania. Mussa married a fellow classmate, Leah, from Bible school, and they have three children: Daniel, Deborah, and Faith.

We praise God for the life-changing work He’s doing in the hearts of children who come to our front gates. Thank you for playing an important role in reaching children in need with the love of Christ.


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Children with Down syndrome are considered harder to place.

But that label didn’t stop this family from following God’s leading and bringing 2 little girls home. The following is their testimony.

We are the Colfack family.

My husband and I have been married 21 years. We have 3 wonderful biological children, aged 19, 15, and 13. Soon after our youngest was born we began considering adoption. We talked over options and contacted different places to get started, but the timing was never right. We even began to think maybe it wasn’t an option for our family.

But one night, I had a dream. In it, I heard a voice telling me, “Don’t give up on her.” In 2013, we came across a picture of a little girl being advocated for–we knew she was our daughter. We prayed and prayed for her. And we prayed and prayed for ourselves–was adoption possible? For our happy little family? For us financially? Heck, could we even travel that far? If this was God’s will for us, we knew we were going to have to take a huge leap of faith.

TUGGED BY GOD

The night before we officially committed to our daughter, my husband prayed–

“I aim to work and serve You better, Lord. Please help me know Your will and direction, and I will follow.”

The next day we were standing in line at the grocery store. As my husband was paying he felt a tug on his coat sleeve. He turned around to a young man with special needs who looked him in the eye. The young man asked him, “Who do you work for?” My husband knew in that moment that Jesus was reaching out saying, “Trust me.”

All we had to do was take the first step. 

Throughout the process of bringing our daughter home, God revealed himself as we had never seen before. Although I had already accepted Christ as my savior, I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. Through this experience, I have felt Christ’s presence stronger than ever before. It was life changing!

CALLED TO MORE

After returning home with our daughter, we knew that God had more planned for us. Visiting her orphanage really changed our lives. We knew we had room for one more and that we needed to go back. However, our first adoption took so much out of us financially and emotionally. We didn’t think it would be possible.

After a year had passed, we knew it was time when we saw the picture of a little girl with sad eyes that desperately needed the love of a family–our family.  Once again, we stepped out in faith. We had no idea how we could financially do it but knew if she was our daughter, God would once again get us to China to bring her home. God walked with us, opening all the doors we needed to finally get her home.

Both our girls were not “babies” when they came home. Our first adopted daughter was 5 and our newly adopted daughter turned 8 just a couple days after we got home. Because of their age and their special need of Down syndrome, they were considered hard to place.

But we know that God hand picked these two precious girls from clear across the world among hundreds of thousands of children to become our daughters. Our daughters!

TWO MORE PICTURES FOR THE WALL

Soon after our first daughter was home we added her picture to our wall with our other children. To us this was a formality–something our parents did and something we have done for our children. We didn’t think about how it looked in the eyes of a child who had never had a family of their own. Our daughter looked up at the wall, pointed, and said, “I on the wall.” We thought it was so adorable that she was identifying herself, only to realize she was identifying herself as part of our family.

Just recently we received the girls’ school pictures, so it was time to update our photos and add our newest daughter to our wall. We had talked about it ahead of time, wondering how she would react. When it was time for her picture to go into the frame she started jumping for joy! We knew what it was about. Tears filled our eyes as we hung it on our wall. Everyday she points to her picture with a big smile and a little happy dance. She, too, now has an identity–a family to call her own. What a beautiful gift He has given us.

Our adoptions were only made possible through God. Through organizations like Lifesong, we were able to meet our fundraising needs to make it all possible. This was truly a miracle. In their time at home, our girls have learned who God is and that through His love, they are able to be loved by our family. We could have missed this! Thank you to all the generous donors and Lifesong for helping us in our calling! Thank you for your part in making our family complete (well, for now… we never know God’s plans for our lives).

–The Colfack Family CONSIDERING ADOPTION?

We provide adoption financial assistance to families like the Colfack’s through matching grants and fundraising tools to help bring children home.

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Employment is one of the greatest tools for orphan prevention. The beautiful thing about creating sustainable business in places like Haiti is when jobs are created, families are preserved, communities are empowered, and countries are strengthened.

Today, because of your support, nearly 2,500 orphans and vulnerable children are loved and cared for in Haiti, and 277 in-country staff members have jobs.

Lulune is one of our employees. Here is her story.

LULUNE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN BERCY.

So she knows what it’s to live with poverty, deeply rooted for generations in Haiti.

She’s now a single mom to 4 kids between the ages of 21 and 9.

Haiti’s endless cycle of poverty—perpetuated by natural disasters and economic hardship—is especially hard on women, many of whom have several children when they’re young and then find themselves left to feed, educate, and raise them alone. Mothers—like Lulune—desperately want more for their children’s future but can’t provide it without better access to food or education.

In Haiti, as many as 26% of children 5 and under suffer from chronic malnutrition, and the Haitian Educational System has the lowest total rate of attendance in the Western Hemisphere.

Worse, many of these kids know nothing of the love of Christ.

As recently as two years ago, Lulune felt helpless. She couldn’t feed her kids, and she didn’t know where to turn for help. She prayed a lot, and God graciously answered her prayers. And He used people like you to do it.
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“BUT GOD WAS GRACIOUS TO ME”

The answer to Lulune’s prayers came in the form of an interview with Lifesong MBO. She applied for—and received—the job which she calls “a privilege God put in my way,” and now she washes clothes and sheets, and she prepares rooms for people at the Lifesong MBO Guest House. But to Lulune, it’s more than a job. It means her children have the hope of a future. In her words—

“We knew a lot of suffering. But God was gracious with me because now I can buy food for them.”

In addition to her job, Lulune received a second family. Lulune and 3 of her co-workers worship at the same church and live their lives as sisters. They encourage each other and pray together.

“We ask God for strength and courage for whatever we do to bring glory to Him.”

They also pray faithfully for Lifesong and those who support the ministry because they see firsthand the needs in their community and around the world and know that—as the ministry grows, so, too, the number of jobs can increase. And as jobs increase, families and single moms can be reached, which leads to family preservation and orphan prevention.

And ultimately, lives—just like Lulune and her precious children—are changed for the glory of God.

THE HANDS AND FEET OF JESUS

Lifesong MBO Haiti seeks to be the hands and feet of Christ to the Haitian people by being intentional with the Gospel and helping to build communities that are self-sustaining. With your support and prayer, the children we serve—whether orphaned or living with parents who are desperately working to make ends meet—receive food, education, and Gospel-centered care.

Our Christian school is in its second year of operation, and we offer a food program, kids club, women’s ministry, soccer outreach, and self-sustainable farm. And to provide a place for teams, families, and individuals to stay when they visit, we offer a Guest House where Lulune works.

YOU ARE INVITED

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If you’ve ever considered visiting Haiti or taking a short-term mission trip overseas, here is your opportunity:

You are invited to join us on a trip to Haiti from July 20-27.

On this trip, you’ll be a partner in this ministry. You’ll have opportunities to build relationships by helping your fellow teammates, encouraging the full-time missionaries, and interacting with the children and families we serve. You’ll be invited to care as deeply about Haiti as we do. We’ll pray and worship together and then you can pray with understanding once you get back home.

Not yet convinced? Here are 5 reasons you should come with us to Haiti this summer.

Bottom line: God is working in Haiti. Come be part of it! In Lulune’s words–

“I’ve seen Bercy transform over time. I know it is from God, and I pray He continues to work here.”

Thank you for being part of this important work.

We hope to see you soon!

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World Down syndrome Day is this week.

How and why does a family decide to adopt a child with Down syndrome? Certainly, families make their decisions for different reasons, but here is one family’s transparent journey to saying, “Yes!”

(Adoptive) Mom Laura writes—

I once had a dear friend tell me she listened to a podcast that made her think of me.

A few days later a second friend said she listened to a podcast that she thought I should listen to—and it turns out it was the same podcast. So I thought I should go ahead and give it a listen. The podcast was an interview with Heather Avis, an adoptive mama of 3—2 of which have Down syndrome.

To be honest, I was confused as to why 2 of my friends heard this and wanted me to listen.

Yes, it was about adoption, but the main focus was on adopting a child with Down syndrome (DS). That wasn’t going to be my story. We had already filled out our medical special needs list, and without much thought or discussion had checked “no” next to accepting a child with DS.

At any rate, the podcast was very moving, and I remember saying to myself, “I am so thankful there are women like her that say ‘yes’ to that calling, because I would never be one of them.”

In the days and weeks to follow, I couldn’t stop thinking about the podcast. I couldn’t unhear the things Heather had said. So I casually asked my husband if he would ever adopt a child with DS. Without hesitating for a second, he said, “Yes.”

At this point I thought maybe God was starting to prepare our hearts for a way He would use us in the special needs community in the future, but I still never thought we would ever truly consider adopting a child with DS.

I put all these thoughts aside, and weeks went by without further conversations.
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The question that changed everything

The adoption process was going smoothly, and our dossier was officially sent off to China. We were finally in the waiting phase.

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One night, we were out for dinner with some friends when my husband, Jason, turned to me and asked, “Would you consider changing our paperwork to say it’s okay if Penelope has Down syndrome?”

I looked at my friend, laughed, and said, “WHOA, that is a serious question for Taco Tuesday!” I then started listing out my fears: Would it be okay if we’re never empty nesters? Who is going to take care of her when we die? etc.

I left the restaurant feeling overwhelmed. I also suspected that God was starting to truly do something in our hearts.

The craziest part: I never shared with Jason all the thoughts I had about DS after listening to that podcast, so his question should have blindsided me, but it didn’t … which also scared me.
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The comfortable ‘no’

Lots of thoughts consumed my head and heart with worry. This was not the plan.

I had wanted to adopt since I was a little girl, and this was not what I had pictured. One night at church while singing the words, “Spirit, lead me where my trust is without boarders, let me walk upon the waters wherever You would call me,” I had to stop singing. Tears immediately began streaming down my face, because I didn’t mean those words. I didn’t want to be in a place where my trust was without boarders.

I had this overwhelming feeling that I was being called to step outside the boat.

My husband brought home the book, The Lucky Few by Heather Avis (who was interviewed in the podcast I had listened to all those weeks earlier). I started reading it, and had tears in my eyes through every page. Then I read these words—

“I wonder how many times we, His children, choose a comfortable ‘no’ over a terrifying ‘yes’—the kind of ‘yes’ that leads us to the only place we should ever long to be: in the arms of Jesus.”
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The JOY-FILLED ‘YES!’

For months, God convicted me that my desire was to just live a life that is comfortable. This is what I want, but I also have a strong fear that when I stand before God someday I’ll realize I missed it. I don’t want to look back and truly understand how short life was and realize God had so much more for me, but I chose comfort instead of being used by Him.

In the days that followed, Jason and I met and talked with several families, and with every conversation we were filled with confirmation upon confirmation.

I began to feel a peace that passed my understanding, and my fears turned into crazy excitement. I didn’t want to just step out of my comfortable boat, I wanted to jump! It was by God’s grace that my terrified ‘no’ was turning into a JOY-FILLED ‘YES!’

Meeting Penelope

In August 2017, Jason and I added little Penelope to our family.

She stepped out from behind a curtain walking hand in hand with two of her nannies, and we dropped to our knees and watched her walk to us, and oh the joy! I wish there words! She was so brave, and so beautiful, and we just love her so much.

It was so humbling to see God’s redemption unfolding right in front of us.

I was SO scared, and I felt like God was asking me to surrender to a life of uncertainty that I didn’t want. Well, now she’s here and every day I think to myself, “What did I do to deserve the unbelievable gift of being her mommy?”

She’s truly a gift from God that we can’t believe is ours.

Jason and Laura were Lifesong matching grant recipients, and we were honored to follow their journey and support them along the way. You can keep up with them and read more from Laura on her blog, Adding An Allen.

CONSIDERING ADOPTION?

We help families overcome the barriers of adoption through matching grants, fundraising support, interest-free loans, and crowdfunding pages.

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Next week is World Down Syndrome Day.

So it’s perfect timing that we received the following letter this week from a family who has adopted 3 treasured children with Down syndrome …

Dear Lifesong,

We have now been home with our Greta a little over a week. Jet lag is a beast, but we mostly have it beat! Greta is so sweet and smily … she’s also got a bit of sass and spunk in there, too!
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We adopted another little girl (Evie—age 6—about 2 years ago. Lifesong also helped us bring her home!) that also has Down syndrome. Our great big God is amazing! Our biggest hope was that these two could be forever friends even after our big kids went off to college and/or moved out … and it is happening!
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We are so grateful for your help with the financial part of our adoption (this time and last time!) The huge cost of adoption sometimes feels insurmountable. Especially when it is your third time. (We adopted a little boy with Down syndrome domestically in 2014. Our little Gil is now in heaven with Jesus.)

The fear kicks in every time:

What if this is the time that nobody helps?
Or what if our friends and family aren’t excited anymore?
And what if the grant organizations are tired of giving us money?

It’s scary. But God! He comes through every single time. He makes it so clear that He wants these beautiful children to have families,. It is so a part of Who He is … such a part of His heart!
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We did feel a greater sense of urgency this time around—I think because we saw how Evie changed once she was home. It was like she came alive! That light in her eyes is just beautiful to see … the love for her siblings is amazing. And we are already seeing that in Greta. It’s a miracle!
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Thank you so much for the part that you have played in our stories. We are so grateful that these girls are part of our family. God has used them to make us more like Him.

With gratitude in our hearts,
Dan and Allison

*Thank you to The Siegers Photo + Video for taking and sharing these photos.
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Dan & Allison, thank you for bringing these precious children into your hearts and lives—and for sharing your story so transparently with us. We rejoice with you that Greta and Evie are already bonding so beautifully. We’ll continue to cheer you on … and we’ll watch with interest to see what other amazing things God does in and through your family.

SEEKING TO FUND AN ADOPTION?

Crowdfunding is a useful tool to share your story and make it easy for friends and family to give. But many sites charge an additional 5-7% in administration fees. With mySTORY, Lifesong’s crowdfunding platform, only credit card fees apply!

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Choosing the right adoption agency is critically important.

If all goes well, you could be working together for months or even years. Especially if you are pursuing an international adoption or an open domestic adoption, you could be in contact with your agency for the foreseeable future.

Basically, make sure it’s someone you want to work with long-term.

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How to choose an agency
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  1. Make a list.

    Start with what you know. What do you most want or need from an agency? Are you looking for an agency that will be incredibly hands-on (or hands-off)? Do you want to adopt from a specific country? If so, make a list of non-negotiables.

    Note: It’s easy to be initially overwhelmed by adoption fees—especially when you see the “grand total” in one place. But don’t let adoption fees be your only (or even your main) guide when choosing the right agency. Fees can change. Also, the fees will likely be spread out over several months or even years.

    And hundreds of families who have received adoption funding from us here at Lifesong can attest: God will provide.

    Choose your agency based on what is best, not on what agency can save you money.
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  2. Ask around.

    Talk to your friends and family. Who do you know that has adopted? Personal contacts in the adoption community will often be your first and best resource when it comes to asking questions about the process. Don’t know what questions to ask?—that’s OK. If you ask adoptive families to share why they would or wouldn’t recommend the agency they used, you might learn all you need to know.

    Keep in mind that every adoption—like every birth—is totally unique. Look for patterns, but don’t expect your experience to be a complete replica of anyone else’s.

    Here are a few questions to get started: Is the agency good with communication? What are the current timelines? What support does the agency offer before, during, and after the adoption is complete? How helpful is the agency with paperwork and direction? Does the agency have a FB group or private group for families in process?
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    “God’s hand has been evident so clearly through every step of our adoption journey.” —Marcus and Bethany, Lifesong matching grant recipients

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  3. Look online.

    When you have a few agencies you’re ready to consider, study their websites. Make pro/con lists. Request information. Check the Better Business Bureau. Google the agency name to see what’s out there. Check out their social media. The adoption agency will do plenty of background checks on you—don’t hesitate to do your research on them.

    Important: You want to be sure you find a reputable, licensed adoption agency who is committed to following ethical processes. If you are adopting domestically, research how the agency supports birth families before, during, and after they make an adoption plan. If the agency works with other countries, it should be Hague-accredited. And the longer the agency has been serving families, the better. New agencies, significantly lower adoption fees, sparse communication, and promises that are too good to be true should always raise red flags.

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  4. Get counsel.

    Pray about what you should do, keeping in mind that any successful endeavor has God at is beginning.

    Seek out advice from wise people, even if they haven’t adopted. If you are struggling to choose between good agencies, talk to people you trust. Proverbs 11:14 says that there is safety in counsel. .
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The good news? If God has led you to adopt, He will lead you every step of the way. And when you ask for wisdom, God promises to provide it—

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him (James 1:5).

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More reading:

How to Adopt a Child

Domestic, International, or Foster-to-Adopt?

Meet families who have recently adopted.

Read their stories

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These days, internships seem nearly essential.

But depending on where they end up, an intern’s role can look very different: from being the designated coffee runner to mindlessly plugging numbers into a spreadsheet.

This isn’t one of those internships. At Lifesong, we believe that you can make an impact that lasts longer than an internship–like Gabi did.

As a recent college graduate, in June of 2017, Gabi spent two weeks as a Lifesong intern in Bercy, Haiti. We had the chance to chat with her as she reflected on her experience.

Here’s what she shared–

Q: What motivated you to pursue an internship with Lifesong?

A: My friend and I promised each other we would take a trip together when we graduated college. We knew we wanted to serve somewhere, so a friend of mine suggested Lifesong to me.

Q: What was your role in Haiti?

A: We helped plant trees and crops on the Bercy property, painted homes in the Bercy village, and were involved in many activities in the community. We frequently went to the village to play with the kids, organized soccer games on the Bercy campus, hosted a movie night, and helped with the feeding program.

We also had the opportunity to go on many walks through the neighboring village. During the walks, we got to hear families’ stories, experiences, and needs. It was amazing to sit and listen to them. Afterward, we had the chance to pray with these families. I often think I know what someone needs, but it’s not until I take the time to sit and listen that I really begin to understand. It was an incredible way to build community and relationships. I wish I could have stayed longer!

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Q: How did this experience compare to any expectations you had?

A: This internship exceeded my expectations. Mike and Amy (Lifesong Haiti directors) are incredible, strong people built on faith in the Lord. They are extremely passionate about teaching, educating, and understanding what the community needs. Their ministry is long-term and serves Haitians by pointing them to Christ. They’re set on building relationships, creating opportunity, and caring for the people of Haiti.

Q: What were some of the biggest takeaways or memorable moments from your internship? 

A: Teaching skills and creating jobs that are sustainable and fit within the context of the culture is so, so important. It was absolutely beautiful to see the growth in Bercy and to see families flourishing. I loved playing with the kids and getting to talk to them in Creole/teaching them English. I always looked forward to getting to visit them! Just spending time with the team each night reading and sharing from the day was also a highlight.

Q: Do you have any advice for people considering an internship with Lifesong?

A: If you’re on the fence, just go! This trip completely opened my eyes to opportunities to make lasting impacts. Lifesong is built on a strong foundation, and they understand the community they work with. It’s beautiful to be a part of it.

The goal of a Lifesong internship is not to change a whole country in the weeks or months while serving. The goal is to invest in long-term relationships–with the community and with the ministry. We’re so thankful for every intern who chooses to use their skillset to grow in their faith and make an impact for orphans around the world.

USE YOUR SKILLS TO SHARE JESUS’ LOVE WITH ORPHANS AROUND THE WORLD.

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Ever feel in over your head?

Like all the small details have started piling up? This adoptive mom can relate. The following testimony happened while fundraising for her son’s adoption. With a small gesture, God moved her heart in a big way.

We definitely had a God-moment the hour before our biggest adoption fundraiser.

Our live auction event was about to open its doors, and guest were about to arrive. We had less than an hour, and I was stressed beyond belief. I was coordinating everything from the linens to the auction items to the checkout system. And I was running out of time–getting so worked up about the details.

I was exhausted and stressed and frustrated. And then my husband’s email dinged. He gave me a big smile. We only received photos of our future-son, James, every few months. We’d been dying for a new photo or video.

Suddenly, in this moment of feeling like I was bogged down in the stressful details of this huge event about to happen–and losing perspective on what it was all for–here is this video of our precious boy giggling and playing. I watched his little face, his little hands, his little smile, and tears streamed down my face. Everything was suddenly in perspective again. I felt calm and ready for our big fundraiser to open its doors. That timing was so providential. It was God’s reminder to me–

“Remember why you’re doing this. It’s for this little boy. Everything else is just details.”

Our experience with Lifesong was wonderful from the beginning to the end. The tax-deductible fundraising page was amazing. We had some acquaintances that wanted to donate large sums of money, but they were really hoping for tax-deductibility. It helped us motivate more donations from our network of family and friends. The interest-free loan was also immensely helpful during the adoption process!

You have blessed and helped us so much. We can’t thank you enough.

Elizabeth–thank you for sharing your story. So often, we let the details of life overwhelm us. But we have a good God who always sets us back on track. We praise God for making Lifesong part of your story!

WHAT DETAILS ARE IMPACTING YOUR ADOPTION?

For most families, funding is the number one barrier to adoption. But here at Lifesong, we beleive that money should simply be a detail in the adoption process–not the deciding factor. Through adoption financial assistance, we help bridge the gap in fundraising.

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You are invited.

Believe it or not, summer will be here soon, so now is the time to plan a short-term mission trip. Whether you’d like to build a team at your church or join an already-existing team, we’d love for you to plan your mission trip with us.

Specifically, you are invited to join us on a trip to Haiti from July 20-27.

. Here are 5 reasons to come with us this summer—

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1. You’ll participate in Gospel work.

The Gospel is the main reason to go.

Are you passionate about taking the love of Christ to hurting people?

A short-term mission trip provides you with a unique opportunity to partner with faithful missionaries to intentionally love and serve people. On this trip, you’ll be part of our established community outreach and our kids/teen ministry.

“Missions is the joyous work of informing the world that it is loved.”
—Calvin Miller

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2. You’ll challenge your comfort zone.

We don’t know what we don’t know.

Haiti has survived decades of devastating natural disasters, crop damages, food shortages, and housing crises. All of this has resulted in high levels of homelessness, unemployment, and malnutrition. As many as 26% of children under 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition, and many know nothing of the love of Christ.

After some recent political unrest, Haiti is returning to “life as normal” and needs the love of Christ today more than ever.

On this trip, you’ll stay at our safe guest house, which doubles as a sustaining business on the campus. You’ll visit medical clinics and see needs first-hand.

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3. You’ll meet incredible people.

Haitian people are resilient.

Yes, Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world, but Haitian people are of far more value than the sum of their economy. They are generous and hospitable with big smiles and bigger hearts.

Currently, we serve 2,460 children and work alongside 277 in-country staff partners through our Christian School, student life homes, and sustainable businesses.

On this trip, you’ll be able to meet children and families we’re privileged to serve. Join our construction projects and participate in soccer/sports camps.
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4. You’ll have opportunities to serve.

Mission trips are about service.

Mission trips provide excellent opportunities to serve in unseen ways. Whether it’s helping fellow teammates, encouraging the full-time missionaries, or interacting with the kids, you’ll have the ability to serve people—each one made in the image of God and worthy of His love. On this trip, you’ll be a partner in this ministry. You’ll be invited to care as deeply about it as we do. We’ll pray and worship together and then you can pray with understanding once you get back home.

5. You’ll be part of a bigger story.

God is doing wonderful things in Haiti.

The reality is that God doesn’t need any of us to accomplish His good purposes. But He invites us—via the Great Commission—to join Him in the important work of taking His compassion to the world. Come celebrate what God is doing.

On this trip, you’ll partner with fellow believers doing Kingdom work. And, Lord-willing, the benefits—for everyone involved—will be eternal.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we each have a role to play in taking the good news of the Gospel to a hurting world. There are many ways to do this—give, send, pray, go.

This is your invitation to go.

Join us in Haiti this July.

Get the details.

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People like you help support 8,362 children in 13 countries, including Uganda.

Since this is our first Uganda country update here on the blog, we want to share a little bit with you about this country we love.

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Uganda is no stranger to strife. During the past 50 years, the country has endured a handful of deep political and social conflicts. And as is often the case during difficult times, the children have felt—and continue to feel—the blunt force of the country’s unrest. In addition to enduring sexual and physical abuse, as many as 33% of girls in Uganda are married by age 15, making child marriage and pregnancy far too common.

We believe God calls us to care for orphans and those who cannot care for themselves.

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Ministry Overview

Together with your prayer and support, we work with ministry partners and local leaders to end generational poverty through the Gospel and the love of Christ. We want abandoned and orphaned children in Uganda to grow up knowing they are loved and wanted. Specifically, we want every child to know there is never a day they weren’t loved by us and—more importantly—by our Heavenly Father.

The children we serve receive education, discipleship, and medical care. And 80 children have their daily needs met in the context of a loving, Christian home environment.
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New Baby Home

Our team in Mbira have been hard at work completing construction on a brand new baby home. They have received the necessary permissions from local government, and the baby home is now ready. The cribs are set, the paperwork is filed, and approval has been granted. And now we wait for the final inspection.

As much as the team is ready for the baby home to open so we can welcome children in need, we recognize God’s perfect timing. This season has been filled with forming relationships in the community, sharing the love of Christ, and learning as much as possible.
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Prayer Requests

Would you join us in praying for—

  • orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda to know God’s love
  • the baby home to open soon
  • wisdom and discernment for the team

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. 

Lamentations 3:25

You can change the life of a child in Uganda today.

Sponsor a child  

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