Our trip was full of new experiences for pretty much everyone on the team. The Chinese are anxious to learn English because it will help them as they grow up and pursue education and eventually a career. It is common for people there to have their Chinese name and their English name. However, a lot of the children that were coming from the government orphanage had never received an English name. We were asked to give them a name. I didn’t consider what a great privilege this was at the time. All throughout the Bible, God names and renames His people for His purposes. I want to share with you about 3 boys that Cassie and I had the privilege of naming. read more
Before August, we had received 10 applications for our Adoption Grant Program. We aren’t sure what happened, but in August we started receiving multiple applications a week. By the end of the year, we received a total of 71 applications! We were able to give out 40 grants last year, and several applications from last year are still being reviewed. Already in the first week of January, we have received 3 more applications. read more
We recently had a staff meeting where we discussed what God has done this year and looked forward to what we are hoping for next year. He did some amazing things. We sent out our first mission team, received exponentially more grant applications, and learned a lot of valuable lessons. That being said, I am sad to admit that since that meeting I have spent far more time worrying than praising God.
This coming Sunday is officially “Orphan Sunday.” Last fall, I heard a little bit about this event, but I really had no idea what it was or even why it existed. I knew that there was an orphan crisis, but I had little knowledge beyond the general existence of orphans. Since I began working with Families Outreach, I have been overwhelmed by the facts and affected by the reality of orphans. 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
Alex’s House is an orphanage in Haiti that Families Outreach supports. Recently we took a team of 15 to serve with this partnership. For one team member, the trip did not end after our scheduled week. This is the story of how Kevin’s extended stay blessed Bill Howard, the founder and director of Alex’s House. read more
“Being flexible is still too rigid. You must be fluid.” I don’t know if I was more
encouraged or worried when Bill Howard, the founder of Alex’s House, said these words
on our 2nd night in Haiti. Already, things had not gone as planned. Before we had
arrived, money for building supplies had been stolen and our main form of transportation
had broken down. Our team had come excited to work, but the first couple of days we
had more down time than we had expected. 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