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Slow, Hard Growth…Just as God Intended: Church Orphan Ministry in West Michigan

Jodi Lewis helps lead the orphan ministry at Kentwood Community Church in Grand Rapids, MI.  We’ve been friends for years, and I recall hearing weariness in her voice at times.  But she recently expressed a sense of wonder at all that has happened, seeming suddenly, after years of slow growth.  The journey has been hard […]


Wait No More 2013

As a number of recent news articles have noted, the Christian orphan care movement increasingly includes a robust emphasis on kids in foster care.  (See, for example, Fostering a Family).  This is beautiful.  It’s common to observe one church—and often a single family—that is simultaneously supporting orphan care in Africa, adopting from China and fostering […]


George Dennehy Video…and SUMMIT IX!

If you haven’t yet seen the video of the Dennehy family, it’s definitely one you don’t want to miss.  (We’re also thrilled that George will be performing live at Summit IX!) Their story makes vividly apparent that, despite the great challenges children with special needs and their families often must carry, the gifts they bear […]


Special STUCK Movie Trailer and Upcoming National Tour

The number of children brought into U.S. families through international adoption has been cut severely in recent years.  It’s fallen more than 60%—from nearly 23,000 in 2004 to 8,668 in 2012. The creators of the new movie STUCK want to flip that trend upside-down. Of course, the debates over international adoption are complex—just as they […]


One of Those Stories You Love to Hear

Last Sunday night, churches across Fresno, CA banded together for a city-wide rally.  “Speak Up” called Christians to take up the cause of the fatherless.  It was an unforgettable night, spanning from pressing needs in the local foster system to orphans worldwide.   I have no doubt that seeds planted and choices spurred that night will […]


Fresno, CA: A Vision for a “City Without Orphans”

In 2010, a young couple from Fresno, CA reached out to the Christian Alliance for Orphans.  Whitney and Daniel Bunker felt God calling them to help churches in their region take on the needs of kids in foster care.  Their ultimate hope was to make Fresno a “City Without Orphans”—with every foster child in a […]