How can we address the poverty at the root of the orphan crisis?

Today is day eight of ‪#‎AskBetterQuestions‬. In just a few days Amanda and I will be at CAFO2015. As we prepare for this gathering, we want to engage families, churches, leaders and influencers who are passionate about adoption and orphan care to stop and ask better questions. We would love for you to join in the conversation! While most Christians focus on...

What the Bible doesn’t say about adoption and orphan care

[caption id="attachment_881" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Our adopted daughter Gabrielle and her brother Zephaniah sharing a moment looking out at our garden.[/caption] What is the Biblical foundation for orphan care? Is it James 1:27, which calls orphan care "pure and faultless" religion? Is it the doctrine of adoption - that God has "predestined us for adoption" (Romans 8:15) and promised us a "glorious inheritance" (Ephesians 1:18)...

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...

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...

One child, one family | How to change the world one at a time

One. As I was reading through Matthew 25 yesterday, a word jumped out at me. It is a word that has always been there, but that caught my attention in a new way. As I have been studying God's heart for the fatherless and the others whom Jesus calls "the least of these", I have been reading again through the hundreds of...

We are disciples

It has been more than two weeks since Together for Adoption. I am still reading through my notes, reflecting on everything I learned. So often when I attend a conference I am inspired. I walk away motivated and excited. But seldom do I walk away all that different. But at least for me, Together for Adoption was revolutionary. It's not what I...

We are missionaries

When I was fifteen years old, I became a Christian. God changed me from the inside out. Growing up I thought Christianity was about rules. Rebellious by nature, I wanted nothing to do with religion that was about being good. The Jesus I met as a struggling teenager was about grace. God changed my heart and made me a part of his...

What does it mean to be a missional church? We are family

If you had asked me a week ago what I thought it meant to be a missional church, I would have said three things. First, missional churches love and teach the God’s Word. Second, missional churches are relevant to their cultural context. Third, missional churches are focused on reaching out like missionaries in their own communities. This is all true. But with...