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The Defender Podcast is a ministry of Lifeline Children's Services where we seek to equip the body of Christ to manifest the gospel to vulnerable children and families. We hope this podcast will provide encouragement, inspiration, and ways to connect with others who have a heart for the orphan.

The Defender Podcast Lifeline Children's Services

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 101 Ratings

The Defender Podcast is a ministry of Lifeline Children's Services where we seek to equip the body of Christ to manifest the gospel to vulnerable children and families. We hope this podcast will provide encouragement, inspiration, and ways to connect with others who have a heart for the orphan.

    Chelsea Sobolik and Adoption's Impact on her Life

    Chelsea Sobolik and Adoption's Impact on her Life

    Chelsea Patterson Sobolik is Lifeline's Director of Policy and Advocacy. She joins the podcast today to talk about how adoption has deeply impacted her life. She shares about her personal adoption story, her and husband's pursuit of adopting a child internationally, and her book "Longing for Motherhood: Holding Onto Hope in the Midst of Childlessness."

    • 38 min
    Conversation with Kevin Sorbo

    Conversation with Kevin Sorbo

    In this episode, Kevin Sorbo, an actor, producer, and director who has directed and starred in many well-known faith-based movies and shows, joins the Defender podcast. He directed LEFT BEHIND: RISE OF THE ANTICHRIST. Dr. Rick Morton, the vice president of engagement at Lifeline, and Sorbo talk about the upcoming release of LEFT BEHIND: RISE OF THE ANTICHRIST, his life in Hollywood, and challenges of being a believer in the industry.

    • 31 min
    Coping with Emotional Exhaustion

    Coping with Emotional Exhaustion

    Do you feel emotionally exhausted? Do you ever feel shame associated with those feelings? In this episode, Kara Clark, one of Lifeline’s casework supervisors and family therapists, and Dr. Rick Morton, the vice president of engagement, join the podcast to talk about solutions and coping skills for emotional exhaustion in a parent child relationship and in general.

    • 47 min
    Best of 2022 - Chapman Family Part 2

    Best of 2022 - Chapman Family Part 2

    For the first episode of 2023, we are taking a look back at one of our most-listened to episodes of 2022. Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman join Herbie and Rick in a discussion about grief. This is part 2 of the conversation.

    • 48 min
    Best of 2022 - Chapman Family Part 1

    Best of 2022 - Chapman Family Part 1

    We are taking a look back at one of our most listened to episodes of 2022. Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman join Herbie and Rick in a discussion about grief.

    • 48 min
    A Conversation with the Hicks Family

    A Conversation with the Hicks Family

    Today on the podcast, Dr. Rick Morton has a conversation with the Hicks family who has 11 children and has adopted from Ukraine. Their daughter is experiencing significant needs right now and is in a health crisis. This conversation will challenge you to pray for and maybe even take action on behalf of this family.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

The Nearly Free Homeschool ,

Multifaceted Approach to Living Out God’s Care for Vulnerable People

I love that this podcast continually comes back to God’s care for widows and orphans. Unlike other organizations, Lifeline emphasizes the many many ways church members can be a part of care for kids… even if they themselves don’t adopt or foster. I’m so encouraged to think of the many ways in which my family (and even my little kids!) can be a part of ministry in this way!!

mja852016 ,

Great podcast, please add more family testimonials!

I really value this podcast, as we pray and discern about adoption...The podcast is focused on God, His calling, and is biblically sound. Great info, super helpful. I love hearing about each program and from the program points. But one request: I’d really love to hear more from families. We are in the trenches of trying to hear Gods voice, and would love to hear encouragement and experience from those who have gone before us in this process. How they heard and were led, their fears and how God met them in it, challenges they experience now that they are waiting or home and how God has been there too!
Thank you Lifeline for all you do for the glory of God and we pray for strength and encouragement and the ability to stand firm! Blessings!

AlliLou ,

An incredible resource

I discovered The Defender Podcast when praying about adoption. I was able to listen to helpful podcast episodes that educated me about the adoption process and about the China program. They were such a blessing! Two years later as we near travel, I continue to appreciate the podcasts. Thank you Herbie Newel and the Lifeline family!

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