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July 11, 2017

Summer Camp in 7 Exciting Photos | Ukraine Update

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Summer presents many unique opportunities here and around the world for Christians to share the Gospel with kids in need. For teams in Ukraine, this is no exception. With Constant Christian Presence (CCP) programs, multiple farm sites, and summer-specific camp ministries, the teams in Ukraine spend the hot summer months in joyful, busy service taking the love of Christ to the fatherless. Here are some recent photos from Lifesong Camp in Ukraine, where 50 children gathered in one place from orphanages in 4 different regions. The campers had a wonderful opportunity to build friendships with other kids they might otherwise never have had the opportunity to meet. And because of shared experiences and similar life stories, they were able to bond and build memories that will last a lifetime. Even more exciting? Together, they were able to learn about Jesus in a loving, Christian environment. Through daily, practical study of the Bible, these precious kids got … Continue reading

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July 3, 2017

Who Is the Orphan in America?

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When you hear “orphan in America,” who comes to mind? The truth may surprise you. Since the United States lacks traditional orphanages it can be easy to believe that our country is void of orphaned children (whether literal or social). Yet, in reality, the need to love and care for vulnerable children in our country is vast and growing greater all the time. Since many–if not most–of today’s orphans in the U.S. can be found in foster care, here are 3 facts to consider about children in the system: 1. 428,000 children are in foster care in the U.S. Consider this: The 4 largest football stadiums in the United States could be filled to capacity and still not hold all the children who are currently in the system. FYI: Roughly 102,000 of these children are currently eligible for adoption. 2. 8 is the average age of a child in foster care in the U.S. According to milestones established by professionals, … Continue reading

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June 19, 2017

Why Dads Are Vitally Important to Orphan Care

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It’s no secret that the orphan care space is dominated by women. God has created women to be nurturers, and many are doing good work nurturing vulnerable children. But God has called men to a specific task as well–to protect and provide for our families and to help father the fatherless children in our midst. In May, a group of dads gathered at CAFO2017 to discuss their role. Specifically, they answered the who, what, how, and why of men in orphan care. Here are some highlights– The Who “Why are men important in orphan care? You’re the spiritual leader of your home, and this is a spiritual crisis. 340,000 children in foster care is a crisis of epic proportions.” –Scott Lundy, Arrow Child & Family Ministries The What “I had a watershed moment where God dealt with me, saying, ‘J.T. what’s important in life? What’s not going to rust? What’s not going to burn up? And what’s not going to blow away?’ –the life … Continue reading

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June 13, 2017

How a Farm Turned an Orphan Into a Leader: Meet Kolya

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Kolya knows the powerful impact of being loved while living in an orphanage. And because of it, the future just got brighter for kids in Ukraine. Meet Kolya. He was just 13 years old when he entered the Constant Christian Presence (CCP) program at Loubetin. Looking for acceptance,  Kolya connected with friends who had a reputation for being wild. But what Kolya didn’t know was that God had plans for his life. As Kolya grew, he spent time with volunteers at CCP–listening to them talk about God and the Gospel. They offered him the acceptance he craved, and when it was time for him to age out of the orphanage, he moved into the Lifesong Ukraine transitional program where he was mentored by loving house parents in a Christian home.     “The chance to live in a transitional home gave me strong motivation to change my life for better. I wanted to use this opportunity wisely.” –Kolya He did use the opportunity wisely. He received his college degree to become an … Continue reading

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May 26, 2017

Netflix’s Anne with an E, Reviewed

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While critics are divided over the new “Anne of Green Gables,” one thing is certain– Anne with an E is darker and grittier than previous adaptations of the 1908 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. That said, I’m not ready to give up on the series. Here are a few personal observations after watching the first episode. Parental Cautions Good news: The first episode steers clear of vulgar language and sexual content. Watching this episode as a family is no problem from this perspective. Caution: Anne is occasionally haunted by brief-but-instense flashbacks of physical abuse from her previous homes (including a bullying scene with her peers and a scene where her foster dad beats her over a tree stump and then collapses to his death). If you watch this episode with young children or someone who was fostered, orphaned, or adopted, the flashbacks could trigger hard questions or memories. Critics suggest the show is best suited for … Continue reading

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May 3, 2017

17 Things to Pray for the Fatherless

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It must grieve the heart of God that the line of fatherless children world-wide is 30,000 miles long. Truth be told, God’s heart would be broken if there were only 1 orphaned child in the world. So here is how we can pray for the fatherless who are already close to His heart– 1. Lonely children. Ask God to comfort, protect, and provide for children who feel forgotten. 2. At-risk homes. Ask God to supply mentors and resources for families in crisis. 3. Foster children. Ask God to comfort the hundreds of children who will enter foster care today. Every two minutes a child enters the system. 4. Aging-out youth. Ask God to protect and provide for youth in foster care, specifically young adults preparing to age out of child welfare. Ask God to provide families committed to love and welcome them. 5. Willing parents. Ask God to raise up new foster and adopting families willing to stand in the gap. 6. … Continue reading

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April 14, 2017

How Easter Changes Everything About YOUR Story

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It’s one of the great mysteries of Christianity in Western culture–that we devote months to Christmas and only a weekend (at most!) to Easter. When we read the account of Christ’s death–arguably the most horrific event in human history–we hear Him weep in Gethsemane, watch Him suffer in Roman custody, follow Him on His excruciating trip to Golgotha, witness His unfaltering commitment as He is brutally nailed to the Cross, listen as He forgives the thief beside Him, and see Him ultimately die for our sins in the greatest act of compassion ever shown to humanity. We can’t wait–for His sake and for ours–to get to the resurrection morning. We want to see Christ victorious. But–if we’re honest–this year, the whole weekend could be here and gone without us stopping to ponder what it truly means for our story–how the action of Jesus to die and then conquer death actually motivates us to do anything and everything good … Continue reading

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