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March 13, 2017

When Grace Was Shaped Like Laundry | Tanzania Update

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Two children we’ll call “B” and “N” were living with their grandmother–a retired teacher–and they had a good life. But then the unthinkable happened. Their grandmother (and 6 other people in the family) were murdered by home invaders. The two children survived because they hid in a heap of dirty clothes. This was a heartbreaking event within the Tanzanian community. 7 coffins were lined side by side at the funeral. The two children approached Pastor Micah and his wife, Happiness–leaders of Tanzania Children’s Rescue Centre (TCRC) with Lifesong Tanzania–and asked for help since their family was gone. In situations like this, it’s impossible to say no to children, even though we are operating beyond our peak capacity. We thank God these kids are now settling in and healing after the tragic loss of their family. –Pastor Micah It is unbelievable to see how people can wantonly cause the destruction and wounding of others to this degree, but the … Continue reading

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February 20, 2017

Our Motivation for Social Justice in 7 Quotes

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Today is World Day of Social Justice. Here is our motivation for social justice in 7 quotes. #1 “The Great Commission was clearly and definitively not a call to sit back and stay silent in a world of sin, evil, and suffering. From the very beginning, Christ designed for His disciples to run toward need–not away from it–to engage culture, not to ignore it. Yet, the church may be one of the only organizations in the world to define success according to what we don’t do.” —David Platt, President of the IMB and founder of Radical Read the full post by David Platt: Children and the Great Commission. #2 “What is our goal in fighting for justice? The same as Jesus’s when he healed the sick: to glorify God, bring joy to the hurting, and point to the glorious kingdom where sickness and suffering will be no more. Imperfect justice now … Continue reading

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February 8, 2017

Why “The Least of These” Matter Most

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Bible scholars have argued the identity of “the least of these” for decades. Is Matthew 25 referring to the world’s most destitute, or is it instructing believers to care for fellow Christians in need? Either way, both interpretations of “the least of these” have sufficient Biblical support in other passages. Scripture isn’t silent that it is our Christian responsibility to care for fellow believers, and as many as 2,000 verses in the Bible relate to our response to poverty. So for the purpose of this discussion, “the least of these” refers to individuals–believers or otherwise–who need our help. “The least of these” should matter most for 3 reasons– 1. How we treat “the least of these” exposes the true nature of our character. It is easy–even enjoyable–to do good things for people who can return the favor. But doing good to those for whom we will never receive basic gratitude or reciprocal kindness?–this litmus test reveals … Continue reading

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January 25, 2017

Come With Us on a Vision Team Trip!

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Katie approached her husband, Ken, with the words: “We need to do something more.” Katie had just finished reading a book about a missionary to Uganda who tirelessly gave herself to reach children and widows with the love of Christ. What impressed Katie most about the story was that whenever the missionary was commended for doing such noble work, she would quickly clarify that it was not unique to her–that all of us are commanded to love the widows and the orphans. Ken and Katie Hauck have always enjoyed serving widows and children when given the chance, but the couple’s interests and passions are different, so serving side-by-side was a challenge. In Katie’s words, “I want to be hands-on. I want to be in there helping children, where Ken is an entrepreneur. He wants to use his skills and abilities to create businesses and to raise funds.” Finding an organization where this husband/wife duo could both use the gifts God … Continue reading

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January 2, 2017

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Show Love to the Fatherless

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With a new year comes new opportunities to do things we’ve always wanted to do but never done. If you’re in the habit of writing New Year’s Resolutions, consider adding some or all of these to your list. 1. Sponsor a child. Christian-based child sponsorship has incredible potential to change a child’s entire life and eternal future. By sponsoring a child, you have the opportunity to help someone overcome poverty–which in turn can save future generations the heartache of family disruption and other devastating loss. Better still, with Christian programs, children are taught the truth about God and the fact that Jesus loves them. Many monthly sponsorship programs cost the equivalent of one trip out to dinner with the family, yet the long-term benefits are enormous. Learn more. 2. Take a foster care class. For many of us, our hearts have been stirred for the foster care community but we don’t know where to … Continue reading

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November 30, 2016

An Open Letter to Adult Adoptees

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You were adopted? So was I. I’m the girl on the right with the puff sleeves and the too-short bangs (circa 1980s). When I was in third grade one of the teachers at my school casually suggested I might be Canadian. (Her proof? I had blonde hair and blue eyes and was adopted just outside Detroit.) So naturally–given the reliability of that evidence–I quit saying the Pledge to the American flag and I quit singing the National Anthem. July 4th was dead to me. Instead, I learned everything I could about our great neighbor to the north. I even bought maple leaf earrings. You can imagine my disappointment when I received a copy of my birth certificate in junior high and it said I was born in Pontiac, Michigan. Fast-forward to July of this year. At the conclusion of a nerve-racking first phone call with a kindhearted biological sister I have … Continue reading

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November 16, 2016

Your Invitation to Prevent Orphans | Ann Voskamp

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On May 6, 2015, I called an adoption agency for the very first time. Somehow my family and I believed that true religion is about caring for the widow and the orphan, and we wanted to break out of whatever box we were in. And somehow we wanted to be about the upside down kingdom come. Our little one has been home from China with us since April 22nd of this year. She was found at less than 4 pounds Found in the long grass beside a river flowing south. Found at maybe 4 days old. In April, I stood in China at that grass finding place, sat at the police station where she was brought when she was found, stood in the orphanage where she slept with 800 other abandoned children. And I ached for coming late. I have traveled the world over with Compassion International and have seen the most … Continue reading

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