3 Ways Every Church Can Serve Orphans Right Now

Let’s start here. We all agree that the church should play a primary role in caring for the orphan. Unfortunately, the “how to” can get lost in this complex world of foster and global orphan care. The heartbeat to serve orphans is alive in almost every church, but the first step is often the hardest. […]

God, What Do You Want From Me?

If ever there was a verse that represented God’s heart for the orphan, it is this one. Advocates from every country point to this one verse as the central reason for why they are taking extraordinary steps in order to do something on behalf of vulnerable children. Many of us have responded to the call […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Plea to Pastors & Church Leaders

Dear Pastor & Church Leaders, I know that orphan care is difficult. I know that foster care is extremely intimidating. I know that you are only human and have limitations. I know that your schedule is straining and challenging because you are running point for the rest of us in this spiritual battle. I know […]

Guilt by Dissociation

It’s hard to imagine how to help 153+ million orphans. It can be such an enormous cause that most of us would rather not even think about it because deep down we believe that we can’t really have the kind of impact needed to help all of those children. So, many of us choose to […]

Just a stop along the way….

It hit me one day when I was in Argentina. The orphanage was just a stop on the way to somewhere else. I know it’s never intentional. But, we seldom know what more we can do for these kids other than play soccer, face paint, do crafts and put on a drama. That’s not knocking […]

Open Concept

The other night, I was watching one of my favorite shows on HGTV.  It’s called Property Brothers. In this show, twin brothers (one a general contractor, the other a real estate agent) work together to help people find their dream home.  In the process, they are usually renovating some part of the current or new […]

Ukraine Without Orphans Movement

  This is a man I greatly admire. I had the privilege of meeting with him at Starbucks last year as he was passing through the U.S.  Sergey Demedovich is a pastor, adoptive father and orphan advocate from Ukraine.  He helped start a movement called “Ukraine Without Orphans” which has spread into Russia and is […]