• Today on the podcast, in honor of Mother's Day and Birth Mother's Day coming up, Scarlet Hiltibidal, an international adoptive mom, joins and shares about her journey of motherhood and what it looks like in biological forms but also what it looks like in its adoption form. 
  • Scarlet Hiltibidal has three daughters, one brought home through international adoption. She is also an author of several books, including "Afraid of All the Things," "You're the Worst Person in the World," and the "Anxious" bible study, and many other books. She writes regularly for Parent Life magazine, Home Life magazine, and "She Reads Truth." She, her husband, and family live in southern California. 
  • Herbie Newell is the President & Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services and its ministry arms.
  • Rick Morton is the Vice President of Engagement at Lifeline Children's Services.
  • The ministries carried out through Lifeline are only possible because of partnerships with the Body of Christ. 
  • When others give their time, knowledge, and resources, we can continue working together to live out God’s call to care for the vulnerable. 
  • Vessels of Hope is our faithful community of monthly donors. We would love for you to join this incredible group that helps provide stable ministry month in and month out. 
  • Visit https://lifelinechild.org/monthly-giving/ to impact lives and spread the gospel around the world. 
  • The mission of Lifeline Children’s Services is to equip the Body of Christ to manifest the gospel to vulnerable children. Our vision is for vulnerable children and their communities to be transformed by the gospel and to make disciples. 
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Creators and Guests

Herbie Newell
Herbie Newell
Herbie Newell serves as the President & Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services, holds an MBA in Accounting from Samford University and brings years of experience from his work as an independent auditor at WAKM Companies, LLC. Serving as Lifeline's Executive Director since 2003, Herbie has significantly expanded international outreach, obtained licensure in 17 states, and led the establishment of the foster care arm. A passionate advocate, he co-founded (un)adopted in 2009, focusing on equipping orphaned children with life skills for community transformation. Herbie, also the author of "Image Bearers: Shifting from Pro-birth to Pro-Life," emphasizes that being pro-life extends beyond opposing abortion, urging a broader ethic that includes fighting for racial equality and embracing every individual with the love of Christ. Herbie and his wife, Ashley, reside in Birmingham, Alabama, and are the parents to three children.
Rick Morton
Rick Morton
As Senior Vice President of Engagement, Rick Morton shepherds the ministry’s outreach to individual, church, and organizational ministry partners as well as the ministry’s commitment to publishing resources that aid families and churches in discipling orphans and vulnerable children. Prior to Lifeline, Rick served for 15 years as a college and seminary professor, and he also served local churches in Tennessee, Louisiana, and Mississippi. He is an accomplished writer and sought after speaker. Most notably, Rick is the co-author of the popular Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-centered Adoption and Orphan Care and the author of KnowOrphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology. Rick and his lovely wife Denise have been married for over 32 years, and they have 3 children, all of whom joined their family through international adoption. God has continued to grow their family, and he now enjoys the role of “Doc” to his precious granddaughter!