How does God ask us to respond to poverty and injustice?

It's the fifth day of ‪#‎AskBetterQuestions‬. As we prepare for CAFO2015, we want to engage the families, churches, leaders and influencers in a conversation about adoption and orphan care. Today on the In Defense of the Fatherless blog, we have a guest post from Mary Hoyt. Mary adopted a child from DRC in 2011. Today she is a passionate advocate for alternative care...

Does God call Christians to visit orphans?

Today is the third day of ‪#‎AskBetterQuestions‬. In the days leading up to CAFO2015, We want to engage the 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! One of the primary ways Christians are responding to the global orphan crisis...

What the Bible doesn’t say about orphans

What is the Biblical foundation for adoption and 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) through Jesus Christ? Or does the Biblical foundation for orphan care and adoption run deeper? I am...

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)...

We cannot fix a problem we do not understand

[caption id="attachment_872" align="alignleft" width="400"] This is my adopted daughter Ella, now 2.5 years old.[/caption] I want to start by saying I am thankful for Jen Hatmaker, a Christian adoptive mom and writer. She's the author of one of the most thought-provoking books I have read this year, 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. She has a huge platform - and something...

Adoption Loss and Belonging

Our children are not our own. This was the hard truth we learned over the last four years. Early in the process of praying, learning, discerning God's will. Were we called to adopt? We knew we could not have any more babies the old-fashioned way. My pregnancies were too high risk. Just one year earlier, our son Zephaniah was born more than...

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....

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...