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A Mother’s Heart

By Maridel Sandberg Erik* is 16 years old. He is tall, athletic and very handsome.  His smile lights up a room.  He is polite and acts just like all the other teenage boys who have spent time in my home – they are always hungry and will eat pretty much whatever you give them. I […]

The Twietmeyers: Part II (HIV+ Adoption)

The evening that I visited the Twietmeyers happened to be a big day for another reason as well.   A major national policy change championed by Project HOPEFUL (along with EACH and other of our allies) officially crossed the finish line.  I asked Carolyn for help in explaining the change, and this is what she shared: […]

The Twietmeyers: Part I

I had the privilege of joining dinner at the home of Kyle and Carolyn Twietmeyer a few weeks ago.   I’ve visited some remarkable residences over the years, from the Tsars’ winter palace in St. Petersburg to the White House.  But I’d have to say the Twietmeyers’ is certainly among the most beautiful I’ve ever entered.  […]

Twitterview with Dr. Russell Moore on Orphan Sunday

The Alliance just did its first “Twitterview” (a live interview via Twitter) today with Dr. Russell Moore, highlighting this weekend’s Orphan Sunday. Here’s the transcript. Jedd Medefind: We’re excited about the Christian Alliance for Orphans’ first twitterview with Dr. Russell Moore for ORPHAN SUNDAY 2009. So let’s start with your plans–what are your doing on […]

Notes from the Road Four: Adoption, Orphan Care and Illinois Cornfields

My return drive from Peoria to Chicago included a stop at the headquarters of Lifesong for Orphans, nested in the small town of Gridley, IL amidst a vast expanse of now-soggy cornfields. The founder of Lifesong, Gary Ringer, created Lifesong as a ministry outgrowth of his successful food processing business. The relationship between the two […]

Notes from the Road Three: A Pastor’s View of What Comes With Orphan Ministry

While in Peoria for speaking engagements last week, I had the privilege of sharing a cup of coffee and rich conversation with Daniel Bennett, pastor of Bethany Community Church. Daniel’s eyes light up when he speaks of seeking God’s glory; and it’s clear he means it, not merely as an abstract sermon topic, but as […]