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  • Evangelize the lost: Adoption is evangelism at its core…Bringing the mission field home, where children are loved, cared for, and discipled to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. Edify the saved: Adoption Fund challenges, encourages, and enables Believers to put their faith in action, by stepping out in faith to adopt (fulfilling God’s commands in scripture). The process also provides an opportunity for couples to develop relationships with other Christians as they seek prayer and financial support. Minister to those in need: There are millions of children waiting for forever families who would like to adopt them, but just can’t because of the financial barrier. By helping to reduce that barrier we are helping to rescue those children who are trapped in the cycle of orphan life. Be a Conscience in the community: As the Church becomes obedient to God’s commands concerning the fatherless, the community will see Jesus Christ is alive and working in the lives of His people to care for those children who can’t care for themselves. “As Christians we are often known for what we are against, but the world doesn’t know what we are for. Jesus said ‘Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” – FamilyLife’s Hope for Orphans (Matt 5:16)
  • Lifesong Overview

    1. 1. Bringing Joy and Purpose to Orphans
    2. 2. Our Method: Mobilize the “Body” SOME TO ADOPT, SOME TO CARE... AND many TO Support, GIVE, and Advocate for “the front line”
    3. 3. Our Pledge
    4. 4. “ Our children” will have: 1. No want for food, clothing, medical care, or shelter 2. Fundamental Christian training and discipleship
    5. 5. 3. A quality education to provide a foundation for the future
    6. 6. 4. Continued love and support as they transition into adult living
    7. 7. Some are called to Adopt
    8. 9. AdoptionBarrier #1 Cost!
    9. 10. Results <ul><li>Over 2,200 Children Adopted </li></ul>
    10. 11. How does an “Adoption Fund” fit with your church mission/vision? <ul><li>Evangelize the lost </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adoption is evangelism at its core... </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Edify the saved </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Put faith in action; develop relationships/support </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Minister to those in need </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Millions of orphans trapped b/c of financial barrier </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Be a Conscience in the community </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>As Church is involved, the community will see Jesus is alive and working in His people (Matt 5:16) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 12. Top 3 ‘barriers’ & their solutions… <ul><li>Barrier: Church staff “plate is already full” to administer fund </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Barrier: Church feels uncomfortable/awkward approving/denying their own families (viewing financials, etc.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Barrier: Adoption Fund is unfamiliar territory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul></ul>Administration of Adoption Funds for Church at no cost to Church or Fund!
    12. 13. Strategy <ul><li>Church Funds </li></ul><ul><li>Community Adoption Funds </li></ul>over 140 Church Adoption Funds 50 members to 22,000 members <ul><li>Funding Priorities: </li></ul><ul><li>Church members and those associated with your ministry </li></ul><ul><li>Believers within your community </li></ul><ul><li>Adoptive families within the OTWN network </li></ul>
    13. 14. Adoption Fund partners
    14. 16. <ul><li>James 1:27 </li></ul>
    15. 18. Lifesong Honduras 2nd poorest country in western hemisphere
    16. 19. Limited education past 6th grade Escalon = Plan to Escalate
    17. 21. Stats / Outcomes <ul><li>National avg: 70% unemployment nationally </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LS-Honduras avg: 70% EMPLOYED! </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>National avg, college: 1-1.5% </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>LS-Honduras avg - 39% </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>90% state they are Christians (2yrs after) </li></ul><ul><li>80% attending church on regular basis </li></ul>
    18. 22. Lifesong India 1/3 the size of USA 4 X the Population
    19. 23. 80.5% Hindu, 13.4% Muslim Christian Persecution Devoted staff seizing the opportunity
    20. 24. Suguna: Bible Study Leader
    21. 26. Commitment to “our kid’s” Future...
    22. 28. Lifesong Ukraine Broken Orphanage System Age out at 16 to 18 within 2 years....
    23. 31. Denis’s Mentor Vision 40+ Employees 400+ Volunteers 1,000+ Orphans 70 to 80% are involved in crime or prostitution...or are dead
    24. 32. Crafts Livestock
    25. 33. Music Computers
    26. 35. A “Greenhouse” where the new Christians can grow... Learn day to day responsibility... Nurtured by healthy friendships
    27. 36. Help them transition into adult living
    28. 39. Indigenous Adoption & Foster Care
    29. 40. Indigenous Adoption ~ Ukraine ~ <ul><li>Awareness thru testimonies & conferences </li></ul><ul><li>helped 28 couples adopt/foster (90+ children) </li></ul><ul><li>pre & post adoption training </li></ul><ul><li>legal & financial help </li></ul><ul><li>$0 - $1,000 </li></ul><ul><li>** U.S. Church Funds could make this possible! </li></ul>
    30. 42. Camp
    31. 51. Lifesong Zambia
    32. 54. William’s story
    33. 56. Market Ladies
    34. 63. <ul><li>Keith and Kay Knapp </li></ul>Liberia
    35. 65. Lifesong - Ethiopia
    36. 66. What Can One Person Really do?
    37. 67. <ul><li>“ If you think you are too small to make a difference, you’ve never spent the night with a mosquito!” </li></ul><ul><li>~ Kenya Saying </li></ul>... The ONE Factor ...
    38. 68. Bringing Joy and Purpose to Orphans