Blogger Network-The Impact of Sponsorship

 “If our effort to love only affects ONE person…it is worth it!” -Ivan Zhykhariev, Ukraine Graduate Child Sponsorship. It’s easy to underestimate the impact sponsorship has on a child. Not only are basic needs (such as food, clothing, shelter) met, but also a sense of belonging is given that money can’t buy. Sponsorship speaks “YOU MATTER TO ME.” […]

4 Ways to Thrive Once they are home

This post is part of the Adoption Journey Series. See previous posts, “Adoption: 3 Ways to Prepare for the Journey” & “Adoption: 5 Funding Ideas that Work!”.  You made it. After all the paperwork, emails, phone calls, times of waiting and waiting and waiting, your child is finally forever home. Now what?? Being home together as […]

5 Funding Ideas that work!

This post is part of Lifesong’s Adoption Journey Series. See previous post, “Adoption: 3 Ways to Prepare for the Journey” here. While nearly two in five practicing Christians have considered adoption, only 5% have actually done it.* What keeps people from growing their families through adoption? One of the biggest barriers to adoption is the […]

Call Me Mara- for the Lord has dealt with me bitterly….

20 “Don’t call me Naomi,[b]” she told them. “Call me Mara,[c] because the Almighty[d] has made my life very bitter. 21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted[e] me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”  Ruth 1:20-21 NIV “Why call me […]

Adoption: 3 Ways to Prepare for the Journey

Adoption is a journey.  Like any journey, it’s appropriate to think ahead, to plan and to prepare for what is come. Along the way we’ll realize that it isn’t all what we may have thought or expected. There are unplanned events and struggles, along with unexpected joys and surprises. Join us as we walk down […]

The Harder The Battle The Sweeter The Victory

You are reading the final post tying everything together  by our guest blogger and speaker Karmen Smith from Blessings Beyond the Barnyard.  In her two previous posts which I encourage you to read in case you have not, Karmen discusses how God was everpresent in the midst of her infertility and two traumatic miscarriages.  In this last […]


11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11 NIV   Happy Mother’s Day to all of our wonderful mothers out there.  This week has been a week of blessings for me.  I have […]

The Aftermath- Part 2

This is the second installment by our guest blogger and speaker Karmen Smith.  This is an extremely powerful real life testimony of how God is everpresent in the storms of life and how his presence, our family, our community and church can help us through the most heartwrenching times in our lives.  Thanks for stopping […]

“I consider it an honor to be a loss mom”

Hello Potters Plan Followers, Please join me in welcoming our guest blogger,  Karmen Smith, the voice of Blessings Beyond the Barnyard.  Karmen was a huge encouragement to me during my season of infertility.   She has a fresh biblical perspective that is not only positive but rooted deeply in the Lord that gives her insurmountable faith that moves […]

Story of Lifesong Farms

Lifesong Farms. We are thankful, with the help and expertise of our friends at Plant Sciences, Inc., to have active strawberry farms in Ukraine and Zambia. Our hope is to not only create jobs & self-worth for orphan caregivers, but also  provide future employment opportunities as orphans grow into adults. Eventually, we aim to establish sustainability […]