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Trying to Make Sense of an Ache Beyond Words

I heard news last week of the kind that leaves you with your face in your hands, aching and praying for a heart-broken family. Shannon Dingle taught at Summit in recent years on adopting and caring for children with special needs.  I didn’t know her well, but admired her vivacity and loving grit from a […]


A Film that Tells Stories Far Too Rarely Told

Some stories are over-told. (#Kardashian, anyone?) Other stories are under-told.  Some of the most under-told of all are the stories of families that have chosen not to let orphaned children’s “special need” keep them from belonging. At least one-third of international adoptions last year were of children with special needs. For some Christian adoption agencies, […]


Reflections on Adoption from a Champion of In-Country Orphan Care

My friend Trace Thurlby and his family welcomed a new son this week – a 13-year old boy from China, Liam. I was moved by Trace’s reflections on this momentous day and asked his permission to share them here. Trace helps lead CAFO Member the Global Orphan Project. Like so many of the remarkable men […]


What Made The Dropbox’s Pastor Lee What He Is Today?

I’ve talked with a great many people who saw The Dropbox in theaters last week. Without exception, they were deeply moved. Long after the credits rolled, they continue to process it all: the ache of abandoned children, the depth of need, the beauty seen when Christians respond like Pastor Lee and his wife. And perhaps […]


The Story Behind the Dropbox

***NOTE:  Many theaters are adding a special “encore” showing of The Dropbox on Monday, March 16.  You can search for local theaters and buy tickets HERE.*** You’ve probably already heard about the film, The Dropbox, which opens March 3 in theaters across the U.S. It intertwines heartache and beauty, as does any true story of […]