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Things Get Messy When We Get Close to the World’s Hurt

Here’s the simple truth:  if we get involved with caring for hurting people, we’ll end up in messy situations.  Life becomes complex.  We’ll face decisions that have no obvious answers, perhaps no good answers at all.  So if you want to keep things neat and tidy, you’d best steer clear of orphans and adoption and […]


Orphan Sunday Catalyzing Indigenous Movements around the Globe

Many Alliance member organizations are helping their local church partners in other countries to harness Orphan Sunday to help grow indigenous adoption and orphan care movements.  What’s happening–from Kenya to Ukraine to Guatemala–is thrilling.  On Friday, I heard from a friend who works in the Philippines, nurturing a vision for indigenous adoption and orphan care […]


Join Christians Worldwide in Guided Prayer and Worship for the Fatherless

Orphan Sunday is especially about locally-led events, from church services to small group meals and discussion.  But one event this year will unite Christians around the world in shared prayer and worship for the fatherless.   Families, small groups and entire churches will be including this “LIVE from Kansas City!” webcast as part of their local […]


An Empty Nest…Refilled

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of meeting Brian and Debbie Holt.  A few years ago, with the freedom and opportunity of an “empty nest” just ahead, Brian and Debbie made a choice that turned expectations upside-down for them and their three sons.  Brian expressed to me, “I’ve been in church all my life, […]


The Power of Loving Eyes

Earlier this summer, my friend Susan Hillis shared with me some reflections that she’d posted on her blog.  Susan had missed the talk that Karyn Purvis gave at Summit, but heard about it from a friend and began digging into the ideas that Dr. Purvis had shared.  Ultimately, she wrote, “I have never been so […]


The Orphan Movement and the Power of Film

As we’ve explored in the past in this blog, any great movement is nourished and sustained by well-crafted art.  For centuries, the very best art in the western world was inspired and infused by Christian faith.  Sadly, compelling art and committed faith seem to have parted ways somewhere along the line.  In recent decades, much […]