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Safe Harbor Adoption & Orphan Care Ministry's purpose is to increase awareness of the Heavenly Father's passion for looking after orphans by loving them like Jesus.

Active compassion is necessary!

Love that is demonstrated through:

  • global orphan care
  • Adoptive/Fostering families
  • encouragement of those who bring orphans into their homes
  • teams who give hands-on involvement are vital to the journey of orphan care
  • mobilizing churches, institutions, and groups that contribute prayer, visitation, and finances

We are adopted by our Heavenly Father into His family- God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do and it gave him great pleasure (Ephesians 1:5, NLT).

His active compassion drives us to make a difference in the life of a child-an ETERNAL difference!

It only takes one to reach one!

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"The Litzke Invasion"

Once again reading Scott's annual letter of "The Litzke Invasion" brought Dave and I to tears. We are humbled to be apart of the story God is writing. We are humbled God chooses to use two broken people and He shines through the broken pieces.

The words penned in this letter revived us. How we were reminded the absolute truth of how God CAN and so DESIRES to use us as vessels of love and tangible grace in the lives of these precious children. Treasures He created, in His image, and afforded us the opportunity to share in. ‪#‎WeGETtodothis‬ It reminded ME again today of the priviledge it is (despite the difficulties) to be that advocate and "cheer leader" for the ONE child. How necessary it is and the tragedy of when that child's "champion" doesn't show up. All because we weren't listening or fear cripples and prevents our proclaimed YES.

What a gift we receive when we stop (b/c often we are so busy "doing") when we stop and realize our hearts are overflowing from the absolute joy of loving them. What a grand invitation it is! So humbled to be on this journey with the Father and the friends that walk it out with us and support in numerous ways. Those who truly wrap around our family and "do life" together this side of Heaven.

Litzke Invasion 2016

mandy-family-8-16"For the past 5 years in July, my family has had the privilege of hosting a party for families who have adopted children with special needs. Five families with a total of 45 children, 38 adopted attend. Since one family treks in over 500 miles from Ohio, they stay at our home in New Jersey for the weekend (15 kids with them!-2 couldn't attend). This year, like every year, God has shown me new insights into His heart, His love, and His desire for us to be “defenders of the defenseless.”

At 5:30AM Sunday morning I went down to the kitchen to set up for the inevitable onslaught of hungry kids awaiting the annual pancake breakfast. As I peered into the family room there was my friend and dad of these 15 kids feeding his newest addition, 6 month old Noah. Noah was born with severe physical and mental challenges that were too overwhelming for the family who had planned to adopt him. No families were found to care for Noah and the hospital advised that he would be sent to a children’s hospice if no one stepped forward. After considerable thought and prayer our friends agreed to love and care for Noah despite his poor prognosis. Essentially, they gave Noah a chance at life.

The very next day I received an email about Ethan, a 10 year old boy with physical and intellectual disabilities in the Philadelphia Foster Care system. Ethan was abused by his father and bounced around from placement to placement. One day, Ethan went to the school nurse unable to stand because of severe stomach pains. The nurse failed to act, the Foster Mom refused to pick him up, the friend who arrived to get him from the school did not want him in her Mercedes because the fear of him staining her seats. By the time he eventually got brought to the hospital, he was unconscious and declared dead on arrival from a bowel obstruction. He died a wholly preventable death because not one person would step up to help him. One person that was connected to the story said “He had no one to defend him.”

Caring for children who have been in the foster care system or have special needs can be extremely challenging, exhausting, and frustrating. Our friends could have said “No” to Noah with good reason, since they already have numerous children with physical and intellectual disabilities. Their life certainly would have been a lot easier. But since they did not, God is using them to show His strength and His heart as the Father of the fatherless.

We are all called by God to one degree (17 children) or another (my small family of 4 children) to step up and be that one defender for someone who is defenseless. Caring for the widow and orphan is what God calls pure and faultless religion. You may not be called to adopt a child, but God desires for all of us to play an important part as advocates for children.

Thank you for supporting families like our friends from Ohio. Your prayers and financial support are a part of God’s plan to protect the most vulnerable among us."

In Him,

Scott Coppola
July 24, 2016 Annual Party

cham·pi·on - a person who fights for a cause or on behalf of someone else; to advocate; defend.

Someone said "Every child deserves to have a champion".

Let me share with you about our son, Cooper.

Abandoned on the streets of Africa at the age of 8, taken in by a local orphanage, defying odds and believing with all his might he would one day have a family again to call his own, Cooper prayed and waited. His wait seemed to be over and his prayers answered as a family committed to adopt him and began the process. Cooper had a family. Words could not describe his excitement. After time, a crisis would prevent the family from completing the adoption and Cooper would find himself heartbroken and alone once again. He was devastated. Cooper longed for a family to call his own.

Our family is no stranger to adoption. First blessed with two beautiful girls, we then had the honor to be apart of 14 amazing journeys welcoming children from all around the world into our family. It is truly a tapestry woven together as only God could do--and all for His glory. Several of our children have mild to moderate special needs. Watching our family rally together to cheer them on and encourage is a true inspiration. They are champions in every sense of the word.

Our family has a motto, you might have heard it before…Our “YES is on the table…THEN God gets to ask the questions and lead. But each YES looks a little different. Each YES is JUST AS IMPORTANT as the one before.

Each YES is a step of obedience taken in great leaps of faith.

This YES…is no different

Living “outside the box” means being willing to move, stand, turn and wait anytime and however God asks.

When our family was contacted and heard about Cooper's story we began to pray. We sought God's perfect will for His life and the life of our family. In time, The Father would confirm His plan to make Cooper apart of the Litzke family. We couldn't have been more excited and to add to our excitement... the Litzke kids, once again, rose to the challenge and determined they would be "champions" for Cooper.

We prayed, we waited and after many confirmations, with much peace, we said…..(you guessed it)……YES! After verbalizing our YES…God has continued to send confirmations and “bless our yes”!

The process should go rather quickly and much is needed. I did mention this is another FAITH journey? The great thing in that—we know—God’s got this! He asks that we do our part in diligent fund raising and being good stewards of what He provides. But He just might ask other’s to join the journey to allow them some really cool experiences of their own. To join in on the blessing of their YES in whatever way God invites them to be apart. Invites them to be a CHAMPION for Cooper. And along the way, invite you to witness the joy and miracles that occur when we respond and live out loud His heartbeat expressed in James 1:27. .

Yeah-we hate fund raising too. But a little boy longing to have a family to call his own, is desperate for our efforts. That makes it all worth while.

We humbly ask you cover us in prayer as we complete the paperwork and…wait. But first and foremost, please pray for our sweet boy as he waits and anticipates all the exciting and uncertain changes ahead.

For a tax-deductible contribution:

Please make checks payable to:

Lifesong for Orphans, then on the memo line / attached note write 'preference Litzke #5179' Then mail to:

Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744

Abiding in His Grip of grace & joy-on another journey of FAITH-

Mandy & Dave (& the whole Litzke gang)

The next chapter of our story God is writing at the Litzkes

Yeah, you’ve heard it before…Our “YES is on the table…THEN God gets to ask the questions and lead. But each YES looks a little different. Each YES is JUST AS IMPORTANT as the one before.

Each YES is a step of obedience taken in great leaps of faith.

This YES…is no different

The “rest of the story” is sure to follow in time. But for now, we are thrilled to share the latest:

After losing our son in Ghana about 6 months ago, we have been praying and asking God to lead us. We knew, without a shadow of a doubt, we had followed as we felt led to our little guy. What brought this assurance? God’s constant confirmations. Our approval and dossier remained in Ghana but we didn’t want that to dictate our next steps. We only wanted God to do that. Living “outside the box” means being willing to move, stand, turn and wait anytime and however God asks.

We were recently asked to consider adopting a special young boy that had recently lost his adoptive family during the long adoption process. He was heartbroken, as you can imagine, and desperately wanted a family. After many confirmations, with much peace, we said…..(you guessed it)……YES! After verbalizing our YES…God has continued to send confirmations and “bless our yes”!

The process should go quickly and much is needed. I did mention this is another FAITH journey? The great thing in that—we know—God’s got this! He asks that we do our part in diligent fund raising and being good stewards of what He provides. But He just might ask other’s to join the journey to allow them some really cool experiences of their own. To join in on the blessing of their YES in whatever way God invites them to be apart. To witness the joy and the miracles when we respond and live out loud His heartbeat expressed in James 1:27. .

Yeah-we hate fund raising too. But a little boy longing to have a family to call his own, is desperate for our efforts. That makes it all worth while.

We humbly ask you cover us in prayer as we complete the paperwork and…wait. But first and foremost, please pray for our sweet boy as he waits and anticipates all the exciting and uncertain changes/transitions ahead.

Our prayer as always- Lord, do it in a way that only You can do so all the glory points back to You!
Abiding in His Grip of grace-& joy-on another journey of FAITH-

Mandy & Dave Litzke (& the whole gang)

'Twas the night of Christmas

'Twas the night of Christmas and all through the house all the creatures & kiddos were stirring, even the mouse.

The gifts were all open and strung about. There was noise and clamor from toys blaring, chatter, giggles, and singing-yes- indeed it was quite loud.

I peeked around every corner, avoiding match cars, Legos, gadgets and dolls, gazing in the eyes of many blessings granted and STILL asking myself...how?

How was I ever chosen for this amazing journey? How do I get to experience the gift of their every day?

The answer remains a mystery and answers I do not need. I just whisper "thank you" and count it joy I get to...I choose to...see.

Thank you God, through joy and sorrow, laughter and pain; may I lead them faithfully; may they see Jesus in me. Thank you Father...over and over again.

Twas the night of Christmas and all bedtime prayers said...now Mom, dad and all "littles" are tucked tightly, snuggled in their beds.

#blessedbeyondmeasure
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