Orphans and Nutrition

We all want our children to grow up and be healthy. But, like anything else in this busy world, we can miss many of the subtle signs of malnutrition and unhealthy development in our children as the days, weeks and months pass by so quickly. To add to that, if you are a foster parent […]

Financial Hope for Parents Desiring to Adopt

You and I probably both know someone who has felt the incredible financial burden of adoption. It can seem like an insurmountable task to raise the amount of funds necessary to adopt. Fortunately, there is some good assistance out there in adoption land. Many organizations have stepped up to help make that burden a little […]

I Am #4PatchOurPlanet

“If only 7 percent of the 2 billion Christians in the world would care for a single orphan in distress, there would effectively be no more orphans. If everybody would be willing to simply do something to care for one of these precious treasures, I think we would be amazed by just how much we […]

Message To the Silent Majority

We need you. We desperately need you. You see, the small minority of passionate orphan advocates have been making some steady gains in the past decade.  The foster care system is less 100,000 children because of the work of these few. But there is still around 400,000 in the system who need someone to show […]

The Decline of International Adoption – Infograph

After seeing several articles about the drop in international adoptions, I decided to put together this graphic to help clarify the magnitude of the decline. Like me, you may wonder, “what happened?” We seem to be more aware of the problem than ever before. The next generation is certainly keyed in on the plight of the […]

How Fostering Continues to Shape My Family Spiritually [Guest Post]

This is a guest post from one of our partners, John Camardo (@JohnCamardo), Exec. Pastor at the Chapel in Buffalo, NY and leading voice in western NY through the Every Child Network . In my last post on Leading at Home, I spent some time unpacking why my family decided to get involved in fostering […]

Polluted By the World

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.“- James 1:27 NIV This verse is not unfamiliar in orphan care circles. If orphan care advocates were a football team (the Advocates), this verse […]

The Paralyzing Effect of Orphan Care

We all know that orphan care is extremely complex. It is often so complex that it becomes paralyzing. We may even end up doing nothing. For that very reason, we need great resources to help us navigate this challenging space. We have to equip the Global Church if we are going to turn the tide […]

10 Inspiring Quotes for Church Leaders

1. “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyon 2. “In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” –Mother Teresa 3. “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who […]

Presence and Priority

I learned a hard lesson this week. My wife signed our kids up for swim lessons, the traditional summer activity that most kids really embrace. We knew it was much needed since we now live in Florida and love to frequent the pool and the ocean. There is water everywhere here, including the canal with […]