Families Outreach has a team of six men setting out tomorrow on a trip across the globe in a week. Our director Jon and five others are heading out on a double vision trip to Ethiopia and China. Ok maybe not all the way across the globe, but close enough! They will be visiting potential sites for our Orphan Care Program to begin supporting in Addis Abba and Beijing.
Our recent trip to Haiti had a rather unexpected final day. The last day of the week is typically set aside for sight seeing, a trip up into the mountains or a day at the beach. It’s like a reward day for the team’s hard work throughout the rest of the week. Our team was planning a beach day at Wahoo Bay. It sounded like a really nice resort-it even has real sand shipped in! read more
In August of 2012, we took our first mission team to Alex’s House Orphanage in Haiti. Our team of 15 worked closely with Bill Howard, the orphanage founder and director, during our week of construction. Bill is a wise man of the Lord. He left the church he was pastoring in South Carolina to devote his time to serving the street children of Haiti. Our time with Bill brought many lessons and new insights; however, one has stuck more vividly than any other- “you must be fluid”.
Bill explained the necessity of being fluid during our first evening devotional. As a seasoned missionary, I had “you must be flexible” practically tattooed on my forehead. read more
“PIE-purr. PIE-purr. PIE-purr.”
Several times a day, I would overhear Piper practicing his new name. This was often accompanied by jumping, clapping, laughter, or a delightful combination of all three. I think it is safe to say that out of all the kids we were privileged to name, Piper was the most excited about his new name.
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
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
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