City Without Orphans

Christianity Today this month carries a great article on the work of Alliance member City Without Orphans of Fresno, CA.  The young-but-robust ministry works towards a vision captured well by its name.  Its goal is to engage the churches of the region in foster care and foster-to-adopt so that, ultimately, every child will know the love of a caring family.  Whitney Bunker, a former social worker, started the ministry with her husband Daniel, a college pastor. The article describes of Whitney:

As a social worker, she had watched scores of children enter the foster care system due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment…. As a result, hundreds of children were left orphaned. After witnessing this time and again, Bunker came to a simple realization: The 400-plus churches in Fresno could be part of the solution.  “That’s great, Lord,” Bunker responded initially. “That would be great for someone to do.” Before long, however, she realized that God was asking her to do it. In May 2010, at a conference for the Christian Alliance for Orphans in Minneapolis, she collected a wealth of resources about initiatives under way in other cities, and returned to Fresno determined to proceed….

See the full article, Becoming a City Without Orphans.