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A Family Changes Everything

Jan 21, 2016

Benti and his wife, Adanech, had been married 14 years when they learned that Benti’s 5-year-old niece, Bethlehem, needed a home. Unable to have biological children, they had prayed many years for a child. They were thrilled to become parents for the first time. Shortly after Bethlehem joined …

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Friends... and Family

Dec 15, 2015

Little Mekdi smiled at everyone in her Ethiopian orphanage. Bed-ridden due to severe cerebral palsy, Mekdi suffered from extreme malnutrition, yet she was full of warmth and joy. Eden, an older girl in the orphanage, often stopped by to care for her and spend time with her. Together, the girls …

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A Place They Can Call Home

Dec 08, 2015

On their first date, Emily informed Drew that if there was to be a second date, adoption was something he would need to accept. Ten years later, the couple is married with three young boys they adopted through foster care. “Most people meet their child in the arms of a doctor or through social …

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Wait for the Lord

Dec 01, 2015

by Kallie, adoptive mother As my husband, David, and I prepared to marry in 2007, we discussed building our future family. We decided we would commit our family size to the Lord and pursue adoption when our days of bearing biological children were done. Yet, after three and a half years, this was …

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6 Ways You can Help End the Orphan Crisis

Nov 17, 2015

Every year, children around the world are exposed to poverty, disease, war, and violence, and approximately 144 million are considered orphans. Many have only known life in an orphanage with a series of caregivers. While orphanages can provide emergency food and shelter, they cannot provide the …

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1000 Tiny Miracles

Nov 10, 2015

by Jaime, adoptive parent If I've learned anything in this life, it's don't tell God your plans. His ways are much better. My husband, Nate, and I felt led to love and care for an orphaned child with special needs—a child waiting for one family to love them just the way God created them. On …

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5 Ways To Support National Adoption Month

Oct 29, 2015

Every child deserves a loving family, and Bethany has been bringing children and families together through adoption for more than 70 years. During National Adoption Month (November), we will be celebrating adoption champions like you and sharing many of your inspiring stories that underscore what …

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When Your "No" is Someone Else's "Yes"

Oct 28, 2015

by Katie M. Reid This post is part 2 of Katie's story. You can read Part 1 in the fall 2015 issue of LifeLines. At an adoption training at Bethany, my husband and I met Kris and Joanna, a couple from a nearby town. In the course of our conversation we talked about Ishmael and Isaac from the Bible …

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Connecting Hearts and Changing Lives

Oct 14, 2015

Each year in November, we mark National Adoption Month by celebrating families who have opened their hearts and homes to children in need and also by increasing awareness for the world’s estimated 144 million orphans. Families are especially critical for older children, sibling groups, and children …

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Every Child Podcast with Desirée White

Sep 01, 2015

Desirée White was 17 when God put adoption on her heart. Then, five years ago—“on a normal Sunday morning in church”—she sensed God speaking to her again. “It was a very clear word from the Lord that the time to adopt was now,” she said. “The picture I had was a child with Down syndrome.” When …

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