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Orphans Nearby: Embracing Foster Youth in Texas and Beyond

Amidst the appropriate focus on Haiti’s orphans, it’s good to be reminded of the great need of children that don’t have families here in the U.S. as well.  A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of meeting Denise Kendrick, a remarkable Texan with a gracious presence and kind smile.  Denise is one of the […]


Haiti, Orphans and A Long-Term Response

For many Christians stirred by Haiti’s pain, the most significant response will be one that lasts beyond the current crisis.  Every available resource should be focused on emergency care for now—but a deeper test of our concern will come over months ahead. Individuals who want to how ordinary people can make a lasting difference for […]


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 […]


Signs of Success in Florida

The State of Florida last week reported the highest number of adoptions through its public adoption system in state history:  a total of 3,776 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009.   This achievement played a key role in a second remarkable outcome: a 32 percent decrease since 2007 in the number of children in foster […]