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The moment of truth

My last post definitely struck a nerve. I am thankful to see more and more families truly wrestling through the issues with international adoption. Many of you have said something very important - this is not all black and white. Sometimes it is hard to know what is best for a child, even when we are willing to surrender our...

How did we end up here?

I have never met an adoptive parent who began the time-consuming, heart-wrenching, wallet-emptying process of international adoption with a desire to traffic a child. Our family adopted for a few simple reasons. We wanted one more child and could not get pregnant again. We believed we had been adopted by God and that adoption was a demonstration of the gospel. We thought there was...

Hard lessons from adoption: Who comes first?

Today I wanted to share a link to a Mark and Keren Riley's blog. They have allowed an adoptive mother of a Ugandan son to share her story. It's long and it's hard, but it's good. "This is the truth.  The messy, hard, ugly truth.  The truth about how a well intended mother's heart, messed it all up.  Admitting that I...

Closing orphanages in Haiti | Thoughts on the NYT article

Today the New York Times published an article about orphan care and adoption in Haiti. The article by Nicole Brennan, Campaign in Haiti to Close Orphanages Where Many Aren't Orphans At All, highlights an important issue. The article also raises some challenging questions. But in many ways, the article does not dig deep enough into what is a very complicated issue. [caption id="attachment_809" align="alignleft"...

Orphan care without orphanages | Ten ways to make a lasting difference

Do you have a heart for orphans? Are you a family who has adopted - or who feels called to adopt? Are you a Christian pastor or leader who wants to start an orphan care ministry? In recent years, Christians have awoken to God's heart for the Fatherless. We have been told there is an orphan crisis - that there are...

What keeps me awake at night

Last night I could hardly sleep. I was thinking about mothers and babies in Africa. About young women who face difficult choices and impossible odds. And about how the simplist of things - a sterile razor blade, a bar of soap, a warm blanket - can mean the difference between life and death for a mother or her child. I was also thinking about...

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...

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...

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...