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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 […]

We’re All in This Together

Hillsong United’s music-and-message film, We’re All in This Together, launches in U.S. theaters tomorrow.  It promises to be a potent rallying cry to the Church to make faith visible in Christ-like service to orphans, widows and others at the margin.  As their website explains: Hillsong United began in suburban Sydney, Australia, as a bunch of […]

Notes from the Road Two: More Signs of Stirring

While traveling for the Alliance Board meeting, several other experiences added to my ever-growing sense that God is stirring hearts across the country to reflect His heart for orphans.  I had the privilege of joining a gathering of the Middle Tennessee Alliance for Orphans.  The group brings together a dozen or so churches in the […]

Notes from the Road 1: Alliance Board Meeting

The Alliance semi-annual Board meeting last week in Nashville left me with an overwhelming sense of what a privilege it is to get to ride in a boat when a whole team is working the oars in unison…and God is the one blowing in the sails.  From 8 AM to 5 PM, the Board sat […]

Storm Clouds Brewing Over the Capital

A piece of legislation recently introduced in Congress carries a name any orphan advocate could support:  “Every Child Deserves a Family Act.”   The bill, however, could strike a crippling blow to Christian foster care and adoption agencies across the U.S.   By attaching new strings to funds the Federal government provides to States, this measure would […]