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January 6, 2016

10 Ways to Include Orphan Care as a Resolution for 2016

  Statistics suggest 1 in 3 Americans will resolve to better themselves in this new year by making a set of carefully constructed resolutions. At the top of the list–again, statistically speaking–will be spending more time with family, improving physical fitness, ditching bad habits, and enjoying life. But for those of us who ardently support caring for the fatherless, where does orphan care fall on our list of resolutions? Can you imagine what could happen if each of us purposed to do at least one thing well in 2016 for the fatherless and the vulnerable? Consider the following 10 potential resolutions for the list: 1. Pursue an adoption.2. Sponsor a child.3. Encourage an adopting family.4. Support a missionary.5. Launch an adoption ministry and/or church adoption fund within your local church.6. Get your foster care license.7. Read a helpful book on orphan care or adoption.8. Plan Orphan Sunday events for your church this November.9. Become … Continue reading

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July 15, 2015

Wait Gain: 5 Truths for Seasons of Waiting

Waiting. It doesn’t sound hard, and yet it can be excruciating. Though the word implies sitting still, waiting requires more action than virtually any other assignment from God. Whether you are waiting on adoption or fostering news, or whether you are waiting for something else entirely, here are 5 truths for this season in your life: 1. God wants us to pray. If the direct command to do so (1 Thessalonians 5:17) isn’t enough, the Bible bears a conveyor belt of illustrations that show prayer to be essential. Abraham prayed for Sodom. Moses interceded for Israel. Elijah entreated for prophets. Nehemiah requested for Jerusalem. Paul implored for Philippi. And each prayer was key in accomplishing God’s will. Our mission: Ask! And ask again! 2. God keeps His promises. This is no small achievement since the Bible holds nearly 7,500 of them. What are some of these guarantees? The Lord will give strength to His people (Psalm 29:11). There is … Continue reading

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June 3, 2015

5 Ways Kids Can Care for Orphans

  You and your favorite miniatures have 14 glorious weeks of summer vacation ahead of you. What will you do with it? Why not teach your children to do something with their summer that will make an eternal impact? Specifically, why not encourage your kids to care for orphans? Here are 5 ways they can help: 1. Kids can pray for the fatherless. The most fundamental thing we can teach our children to do for orphans is to pray for them. We have no greater privilege than to talk to God. By teaching our kids to pray for orphans, we establish a habit when they are young and we teach them to pray for the needs of others and not just their own. Click here to join the prayer team and receive monthly requests and praises. 2. Kids can do fun activities that benefit orphan care. Through our 30 Days of Caring … Continue reading

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April 1, 2015

10 Simple Ways Your Church Can Serve Foster Families

Foster care is a Church problem, not a state child welfare problem. It is a Gospel issue first, not a government issue. The Church has both the duty and privilege to speak on behalf of and stand for the sake of those who cannot speak and stand for themselves because that is exactly what God has done for us through Jesus. That’s the Gospel. Kids in foster care are not the government’s kids, they are God’s kids and therefore the Church’s responsibility. In response, many families choose to submit to the laborious and often painstaking process of becoming licensed foster homes so that abused, neglected and marginalized kids can have a safe, nurturing and Jesus-centered place to find refuge and be loved. The work these families do is full of unbelievable difficulties and unspeakable joys. On a daily basis they carry both the weight of brokenness and the hope of … Continue reading

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February 25, 2015

Helping Others Understand Your Child’s Needs

Do you have a child who has come from a hard place? Do you wish others who interact with your children better understood how to connect with them to help in their healing? Maybe you are frustrated with Sunday School teachers, babysitters, school teachers, parents of your child’s friends, or even some extended family because they just. don’t. get. it. And while we all know it’s not appropriate to fully disclose a child’s personal story to every person they will encounter, wouldn’t it be nice to make those in their daily or weekly routine aware of general issues and small ways they could make your child feel safe, pushing them towards success? From the insight and research taken some of the best books on this topic (The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis, The Whole Brained Child by Dan Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson, and The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz), … Continue reading

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January 21, 2015

A Letter From Your Foster Child

Thanks to Serena Hanson, alumni of the foster care system in Kansas, for allowing us to share her heart and insight through this letter from your foster child… Dear Foster Parent, I am the child in your home. I am the child who says and does things that melt your heart in one moment, but, I am also the child who amazes you with the ways I “act out” in the very next moment.   I am the kid who arrived at your door with only the emotional baggage I carry on the inside and the trash bag, in my hand, holding a few key items. I am the teenager who makes decisions you don’t understand, says things that hurt, and has an attitude beyond measure.  I am the young person you drive all over to take me to my countless appointments that fill your calendar each week. I am the … Continue reading

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January 12, 2015

Host a LIVE Simulcast {Empowered to Connect Conference}

  The Empowered to Connect Conference on April 10-11, 2015 will feature researchers from Texas Christian University and experts in the field of research-based interviews for children from hard places. It will be an invaluable experience for professionals and families alike who seek to provide hope and healing to children who have been adopted or are fostered.  If you have experienced the transformation this conference can have on a family, offer this event to your friends and family…to your community.  Priced low ($199.99 for every church or adoption ministry), this simulcast is an opportunity to provide support to these families where most communities lack the experience, the expertise and the answers to those in desperate need for help and guidance.  Let your local pastor, counselor, social worker or ministry leader know about this special opportunity to host the Empowered to Connect Conference Simulcast! Learn more at www.showhope.org/be-hope/equipping-families/etc.

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