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Evidence of God’s grace

This blog has been a little quiet lately. I know. It is hard to balance writing a book, parenting four little children, working full-time, living overseas, and sending my husband off to grad school. Does that list make you feel anxious? I have to breathe deeply when I consider everything on my plate right now to keep from feeling overwhelmed....

The only way to end the orphan crisis

There are 163 million orphans in the world today. 163 million children who have experienced the death of their mother or father. Or both. Most of the world's orphans still live with their families and in their communities. But the loss of a parent makes a family vulnerable to poverty and injustice. This is why the Bible calls Christians to provide and...

When do regulations become red tape?

Over the last six months, I've been writing my book, In Defense of the Fatherless. My book takes a hard look at corruption in international adoption - and how we as Christians should respond. The Bible is clear that we are called to protect and provide for orphans, widows and the least of these. I have been wrestling with the question:...

There’s nothing more powerful than hope

Wow. I cannot believe a year has gone by. This time last year, I was preparing for my first Noonday Collection Trunk Show. A year later, I've had the opportunity to do nearly 40 trunk shows. I've had the opportunity to share my heart for widows and orphans with hundreds of women in Seattle. I've been been able to encourage...

Adoption and Orphan Care in Africa | A few posts you should read

I'm thankful I am only one of many who are passionate about reforming international adoption and orphan care. As this blog continues to grow, I hope to become a resource for my readers who want to learn more about the orphan crisis and how to respond. From time to time, I will share relevant, helpful articles and blog posts. Here are a...

Better Together

Over the last few weeks, I went to the Orphan Summit in California and then eventually to Uganda to do research for the book I am writing. In both of these places, I had the opportunity to visit and interview people who are passionate about orphans and adoption in Uganda. In conversation after conversation, however, I watched these friends who share...

First look at Noonday in Rwanda

 Something beautiful happened last week in Rwanda.  Eighteen years ago, nearly one million people were killed over a period of 100 days in Rwanda. The small African nation was torn apart by genocide. As I flew into Kigali - the capitol of Rwanda - two weeks ago, I imagined the red dirt stained by the blood of mothers, fathers, children. I have...

Why write another book about adoption

I am in the process of writing a book, In Defense of the Fatherless: Redeeming International Adoption and Orphan Care. Here are some answers to questions you may have. Why does there need to be another Christian book about orphans and adoption? In recent years, evangelical Christians have awoken to God’s heart for orphans. In response, thousands of Christian families are considering...

Orphans aren’t just in Africa…

There are a small number of families we know who have adopted children from Africa. I am a white mama with a beautiful brown baby girl. And to be honest, we get a lot of attention. Everyone knows our family because we are that family - the one that adopted an orphan from Africa...

What is crazy?

It's almost official. We're like 99% sure we're moving overseas. We think we're getting an offer on our house tomorrow. Mark's interviewing in London on Monday. The reality of everything changing is hitting me. I often feel excited. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed. But mostly, I feel a crazy sense of peace that God is leading. But before I go, there are...

Helping without hurting in Uganda

As a follow up to my post about Orphans and Adoption in Uganda yesterday, I wanted to share a few ways to get involved. I also wanted to clarify one thing. One person said she agreed with what I wrote until then end where I said "consider adopting older and special needs kids." In saying this, I do not want to...