We are very happy to announce some opportunities to do ministry in areas where we are supporting orphan care. Our friends at World Orphans are offering Journey Trips in 2015 to Guatemala, Ethiopia, and South Africa. If these deadlines are approaching too quickly, Journey Trips are offered multiple times throughout the year. Here are the links to the upcoming trips:
The following is a guest blog written by one of our grant families this year, Josh and Kristi Ausbrooks. Caring for the fatherless, loving the unloved, becoming a family, is picture of what God does for each us. Please read the Ausbrooks’ story. Rejoice with them and pray for the other families who are currently in the process of grafting a new branch onto their family tree. We are humbled and blessed to have been a small part of their story and the story that God is doing in countless families around the world. read more
The following is a post that my wife Cassie recently wrote on our family blog, about our son Henry’s fourth birthday. It’s hard to remember life before our trip to Ethiopia to bring him home. It was a nice personal reminder for me of how adoption has changed our lives for the better. Hope you […]
2013 has been a tremendous year for the Families Outreach grant program. We prayed that we would be able to help more couples this year in bringing home their children and this prayer has been answered many times over. We are anticipating at least a sixty percent increase of grants awarded over our 2012 total. We are overwhelmed by how great this growth is and how this program continues to grow.
Unfortunately we are approaching the limit of our grant budget for this year and will cease processing new grants for this year on September 6, 2013. read more
Not that you have any reason to listen to my suggestions, but if you’d like to understand why Families Outreach exists, why I (or any other adoptive parent) is so passionate about advocating for adoption and families, read this post, then go and read or watch this. read more
A recent post by Meagan Hill on the Her.meneutics blog at Christianity Today has prompted a new round of adoption debates in the Christian adoption blogosphere.
Hill’s post – Adopting a Kid, Not a Cause, cautions Christians and the church from engaging in adoption as a cause or movement and that it should be more rightly motivated by a desire for children. read more
Today, I have two apparently random thoughts – adoption & the wisdom of Mr. Beaver. Sometimes the randomness of my brain is acute, but indulge me for a couple of paragraphs. I think there’s a point at the end (plus some Narnia quotes, which are always nice). read more
If you pay any attention to Christian media, you are probably familiar with the name of Pat Robertson. If you pay close attention, you are most likely acquainted with his tendency of making __________ (choose your own adjective – rash, bizarre, false, unbiblical, etc..) statements. Well, he has struck again. On a recent episode of the 700 Club, Robertson offers support to a man who did not want to pursue marriage with a women who had adopted kids internationally.
As a father of five children (some of which were adopted), this, of course, made my blood pressure spike, and want to go on a big rant about Pat Robertson. Rather than rant though, I will urge you to check out Dr. Russell Moore’s excellent analysis on it here.
In the Evangelical subculture in which many of us live, there is often a perceived tension between evangelistic and justice related pursuits. Dr. Russell Moore addresses this in a recent post – Gospel or Justice, Which?. Check it out. It’s a good theological discussion of an important theological issue, especially for those of us concerned with justice for the fatherless and fidelity to the gospel. So when faced with the question of whether we need to focus on the Gospel or justice, we can confidently answer, yes.