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Innocents Lost: Miami Herald Expose on Tragedies in the Foster System

Last week, we highlighted a controversial TED Talk urging the end of foster care.   The video and blog post stirred strong feelings among many.  Some resonated deeply with Molly McGrath Tierny’s condemnation of the foster system and emphasis on family preservation.  Others felt her proposed solutions would create a surge in children exposed to abuse […]


Southern Africa Orphan Summit coming soon!

This summer, hundreds of African pastors, orphan care ministry leaders and orphan advocates from across the continent will join together for the first Southern Africa Orphan Summit, to be held June 4-5 in Pretoria, South Africa. The Lord has been inspiring champions in dozens of countries in Africa towards collaboration and strategic planning as churches […]


Plantains for Guatemalan Orphans!

Remember the freezing cold weather that swept across the United States in January? Some of you may have been stuck on the highways, unable to get to your intended destinations. The same was about to happen to over 100,000 pounds of plantains from Guatemala, destined for the US. Rather than letting them spoil, the good […]


The Church Awakening in South Asia

“Orphanages are for caring for children. Churches are for worship.” a quote from a pastor in India regarding what many Indian Christians feel regarding orphan care. Within this church culture in South Asia, God is calling His people to awaken to the plight of the fatherless and respond with action to adopt, foster, mentor and […]


5 Reasons the Church Can’t Outsource James 1:27

The Willow Creek Association blog today carries a short article I wrote titled, “5 Reasons the Church Can’t Outsource James 1:27.”  See below: Barna Research last week highlighted the growing Christian engagement with adoption and foster care among its “Three Major Faith & Culture Trends for 2014.” I’m seeing this every day. Across the US […]


Heartrending Photos of Russian Orphans

On rare occasions, a photo stops your racing mind in its tracks.   That happened today with not just one, but a dozen images shot by photojournalist Kate Brooks.   Each one gripped my heart and squeezed it.   Precious lives…children created in the image of God…yet tasting each day the full bitterness of our world’s brokenness…not mainly […]