Our Method: Mobilize the “Body” SOME TO ADOPT, SOME TO CARE... AND many TO Support, GIVE, and Advocate for “the front line”
“ Our children” will have: 1. No want for food, clothing, medical care, or shelter 2. Fundamental Christian training and discipleship
3. A quality education to provide a foundation for the future
4. Continued love and support as they transition into adult living
Some are called to Adopt
AdoptionBarrier #1 Cost!
Over 2,200 Children Adopted
How does an “Adoption Fund” fit with your church mission/vision?
Evangelize the lost
Adoption is evangelism at its core...
Edify the saved
Put faith in action; develop relationships/support
Minister to those in need
Millions of orphans trapped b/c of financial barrier
Be a Conscience in the community
As Church is involved, the community will see Jesus is alive and working in His people (Matt 5:16)
Top 3 ‘barriers’ & their solutions…
Barrier: Church staff “plate is already full” to administer fund
Solution: Lifesong can manage/facilitate the Fund & carry the administrative load on behalf of church, using mutually agreed upon criteria (reviewing applications, accounting, donor receipts, disbursing funds on behalf of adoption, etc.)
Barrier: Church feels uncomfortable/awkward approving/denying their own families (viewing financials, etc.)
Solution: Lifesong can provide all the screening, reviewing, approving/denying as a ‘partner’ on behalf of the church, using mutually agreed upon criteria for those decisions
Barrier: Adoption Fund is unfamiliar territory
Solution: Lifesong has passion, and expertise in adoption funding processes, maximize stewardship, use existing grant/loan procedures, IRS approved, ECFA approved (establishes financial integrity & avoids recreating the wheel)
Administration of Adoption Funds for Church at no cost to Church or Fund!
Community Adoption Funds
over 140 Church Adoption Funds 50 members to 22,000 members
Church members and those associated with your ministry
Believers within your community
Adoptive families within the OTWN network
Adoption Fund partners
Lifesong Honduras 2nd poorest country in western hemisphere
Limited education past 6th grade Escalon = Plan to Escalate
Stats / Outcomes
National avg: 70% unemployment nationally
LS-Honduras avg: 70% EMPLOYED!
National avg, college: 1-1.5%
LS-Honduras avg - 39%
90% state they are Christians (2yrs after)
80% attending church on regular basis
Lifesong India 1/3 the size of USA 4 X the Population
80.5% Hindu, 13.4% Muslim Christian Persecution Devoted staff seizing the opportunity
Suguna: Bible Study Leader
Commitment to “our kid’s” Future...
Lifesong Ukraine Broken Orphanage System Age out at 16 to 18 within 2 years....
Denis’s Mentor Vision 40+ Employees 400+ Volunteers 1,000+ Orphans 70 to 80% are involved in crime or prostitution...or are dead
A “Greenhouse” where the new Christians can grow... Learn day to day responsibility... Nurtured by healthy friendships
Help them transition into adult living
Indigenous Adoption & Foster Care
Indigenous Adoption ~ Ukraine ~
Awareness thru testimonies & conferences
helped 28 couples adopt/foster (90+ children)
pre & post adoption training
legal & financial help
$0 - $1,000
** U.S. Church Funds could make this possible!
Keith and Kay Knapp
Lifesong - Ethiopia
What Can One Person Really do?
“ If you think you are too small to make a difference, you’ve never spent the night with a mosquito!”