Justice to the Fatherless

About a year and a half ago, I stepped into a journey, a journey of exploration, to learn everything I could about orphan care. I had heard the alarming statistics at Catalyst and felt a tug to be a part of the solution. Whatever that meant.  I just want to know more about what options I […]

Jeff Vanderstelt: Together for Adoption

Jeff Vanderstelt is a pastor at Soma Communities, an A29 church in Tacoma, WA. He is leader of leaders and a coach and trainer for church planters. His background includes music, business management, working with youth, training youth workers in North America and Europe and starting new churches. Jeff moved to Tacoma from Chicago with […]

Dan Cruver: Together for Adoption

Dan oversees Together for Adoption and provides thought-leadership on the theology of adoption as a team member of ABBA Fund. Before co-founding and directing Together for Adoption, Dan was a college professor of Bible and Theology. He has also served as a pastor of family ministries. As one who has been adopted by God and has […]

Darrin Patrick: Together for Adoption

Let the Together for Adoption Conference session notes begin. First up was Darrin Patrick. Darrin Patrick serves as lead pastor of The Journey in Saint Louis, Missouri, which he founded in 2002. Darrin also serves on the board of directors of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network as Vice President and is a regular contributor at the Resurgence. His […]

Save Big with T4A Super Early Bird Discount

Want to learn more about missional living and our call as Christians to care for orphans in their distress? Join me and a host of others from October 21-22 in Phoenix for Together for Adoption (T4A) Conference 2011. Over 1,200 people will gather together at Redemption Church (Gilbert Campus) to explore the theme Missional Living, the Gospel and Orphan Care. One […]

Opening Session, CAFO Summit

Jedd Medefind (Christian Alliance for Orphans) It is not about just taking up another cause. A gospel-fueled love for Orphans entails: When the going gets tough, duty, guilt, and enthusiasm are not enough. We need to be people connected to the Source. 2. When we choose to love the orphans, when we open our homes, […]

Christian Alliance For Orphans Summit

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For the next couple of day, I am in Louisville, Kentucky at Southeast Christian Church at the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit (aka #summit7). The Summit brings a wide variety of people who are orphan advocates. As Brett Devries said in his opening comments, We are called together to inspire, equip, breathe life into the […]

Deconstructing Idea Camp, Part 2

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Listening to the myriad of speakers at Idea Camp expounding on Orphan Care, I was struck by the fact that we live in a fallen world. An ugly, broken, fallen, world. And even the best of intentions can be distorted into well, evil. It breaks my heart. Really. Before Idea Camp I over-simplified the problem […]

Apologies and An Opportunity to Watch Me Blush

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So, I’m sorry. Really sorry. I STILL owe you a post on my ever-evolving thoughts on Orphan Care. Tuesday, I promise. My only excuse is that I got about half way through a draft and then got sucked into the craziness that is Catalyst West. Orange County was absolutely beautiful. I ate In-N-Out Burger twice. […]

Deconstructing Idea Camp, Part 1

Making my way towards California for Catalyst West and have finally found the first quiet time to begin to process, to deconstruct, everything I took in at Idea Camp: Orphan Care. What an incredible couple of days. I’m so glad I followed God’s nudging and ventured out to Northwest Arkansas (which surprisingly is a pretty […]