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Near the end of the Pixar movie, Finding Nemo, our cute little clown fish,Nemo, encounters yet another crisis when his new friend, Dory, gets swept up with hundreds of tuna fish in a giant fishing net.  In a beautiful exchange, Nemo tells his dad (with whom he has just been reunited) that he knows what […]

The post Providing More Than Enough Before, During and Beyond Foster Care is Possible appeared first on Christian Alliance for Orphans.

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Without exaggeration, it was one of the most moving and meaningful things I’ve experienced in the past year.  It came in the opening moments of CAFO2019, as participants from across the US and around the world offered glimpses of the brokenness and beauty of their own stories in simple signboards – as a birthmother…an exhausted […]

The post Short Video of One of the Most Moving Moments of the Year appeared first on Christian Alliance for Orphans.

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An article in today’s Wall Street Journal claims, “Christians Are Pro-Life After Birth, Too.”  Its subtitle backs up the bold statement this way: “If you want to see for yourself, attend the Christian Alliance for Orphans summit.” Writer Naomi Schaefer Riley, herself Jewish, penned the piece after attending the CAFO2019 Summit last month.  It begins: […]

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Every talk at CAFO2019 wove together threads of the theme – In Brokenness and Beauty…It is Well.  I treasured each one, coming from so many remarkable people.  We’ll share them all.  Here’s a first – my own contribution to that tapestry.  It explores how pain and joy most always come together, intertwined, whenever we follow […]

The post What was the Heartbeat of CAFO2019? Watch the Keynote appeared first on Christian Alliance for Orphans.

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My daughter came to me recently and mentioned that someday she’d like to own a business.  Upon further discussion, I realized that we were not actually talking about her entrepreneurial aspirations.  She is an animal lover and she had discovered that a group of ferrets is called a “business”. While I’m pretty sure that owning […]

The post Ferrets and Foster Care Advocates:  What Shall We Call Them? appeared first on Christian Alliance for Orphans.

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When I was a kid, I was always fascinated by those pictures that looked like one thing until you realized that the negative space around the object actually formed something completely different.   There is the vase that upon closer inspection could be two faces . . . or the young woman that magically transforms into […]

The post Negative Space and Foster Care: How Pain Becomes Purpose appeared first on Christian Alliance for Orphans.

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I recently had the opportunity to ask my friend Toni Steere a few questions about ministry and leadership. Toni is the Director of the Legacy 685 Ministry at Houston’s First Baptist Church. Throughout the past ten years, Legacy 685 has faithfully served adoptive and foster families in the greater Houston area as an “outside the […]

The post How a Church in Houston is Practically Serving a Largely Forgotten Group of People in Foster Care appeared first on Christian Alliance for Orphans.

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I received an email today from a friend I greatly respect, Trace Thurlby, who gives leadership to the Global Orphan Project alongside a number of other tremendous followers of Christ.  From time to time, Trace will send a note like this one, sharing personal reflections on issues of life and faith.  The one he shared […]

The post Why Children? Why the Church? appeared first on Christian Alliance for Orphans.

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Virtually every person I know in this field has expressed something similar.  Fellow adoptive and foster parents.  Nonprofit leaders.  Social workers.  Church ministry leads.  Dedicated mentors. “It’s beautiful.  And it’s really, really hard.” Each story is different.  But whenever we come near to our world’s hurt, we will share in its pain. It’s been that […]

The post Why is the Word “Brokenness” in the CAFO2019 Theme? appeared first on Christian Alliance for Orphans.

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I recently had the opportunity to ask my friend Philip Pattison a few questions about ministry and leadership. Philip is the Founder and Executive Director of Foster the Bay, a coalition of churches committed to providing a loving home for every child in foster care in the San Fransisco Bay area, as well as wrapping around […]

The post Learning and Leading: An Interview With Philip Pattison appeared first on Christian Alliance for Orphans.

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