Elizabeth Norris’ youngest daughter, Hannah, spent eight months in Lifeline’s Foster Center before being adopted by her family. Elizabeth shares the story of the impact the foster center had on the child who now calls her “Mom” and encourages other women, including those in her life to do the same!
I know firsthand the awesome work being done at the Foster Center and of course feel a connection. Last year, I participated in an informational call about the foster center, where one of the presenters discussed Lifeline’s goal of offering sponsorship opportunities soon. I had been looking out for this chance! I also told my mother how excited I was that sponsorships were now available, and she immediately wanted in! She shared our plans with my grandmother, who asked if she could help as well. We all feel connected to this Center through Hannah, and we believe in what Lifeline is doing there!
I know what this Center is doing, and that they are doing it for every child, whether they have an adoption file in the works or not. They are making a difference in each precious life.
Lifeline China Foster Center from Lifeline Children's Services on Vimeo.
The center is also engaging the local city in the care of these children, creating a real community that knows and loves the orphans that have been with them all along. They are part of their community, and they are becoming known. Also, the changes in the children are easily visible to the community and their previous orphanage.
The ripples reach us as Sponsors, as we have the chance to pray over “our” child’s photo, lift them up specifically, and receive updates. If you have ever sponsored a child before, you know how special that is and how it touches all the members of your family because we are able to remember and pray for this little person far away.
Can you imagine everything that could come from this? Good for the children, good for the local community, and good for our hearts? That is why we believe in the work of the foster center. This is a blessing God has poured out on all of us, and we want to say “Yes, Lord, let it thrive!” It’s a chance to see such wonderful things. Who is like God, to bring such awesome fruit from a situation that looked so hopeless on its face?
My daughter dancing in front of me as I type this reminds me of the goodness of a Father who wants His children provided for, who makes paths that weren’t there before. I hope that everyone who reads this gets excited with us about this wonderful path we have to help ONE, which is enough, but also to engage in this powerful testimony that has implications from China to our own households, and further.
My grandmother is sponsoring Skylar, 18 mos. old, my parents are sponsoring Seth, 6 years old, and we are now sponsoring Sanders, 3 years old. We initially sponsored Sally, who has since joined her forever family through adoption!
Will you join us and Lifeline in caring for the children at the Foster Center?
Visit www.lifelinechild.org/sponsor to view the children waiting for a sponsor just like you! Every quarter, sponsors will receive an e-mail update on the child they are sponsoring and how he or she is doing and growing. Sponsorship is currently available in China as well as Pakistan and Uganda. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Lifeline Children’s Services is a full-service adoption and orphan care ministry, serving families and children in the United States and around the globe. We began as a domestic adoption ministry, caring for women walking through unplanned and often crisis pregnancies. By God’s grace, Lifeline has since grown in ways we never could have imagined.
We thank the Lord for the 1,000 children Lifeline has placed into forever families domestically. International Adoption Lifeline began responding to the needs of orphans internationally in 1999 and currently has 20 country programs.
At Lifeline, we believe that adoption is a way that God gives families to vulnerable children who need to know the love of a family and the love of Christ. Our desire is to walk alongside missional families on their adoption journey and to provide necessary resources as they love, nurture, and disciple their children through the love of Christ.
We love to partner with families who see the big picture of adoption as part of God’s redemptive purpose in the world through the gospel and the personal picture of adoption as God’s divine work to set the lonely in families.