Latest News Tag: Fatherhood

June 19, 2017

Why Dads Are Vitally Important to Orphan Care

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 14, 2017

My First Father’s Day as a Foster Dad

I remember the first time I saw my girls. I had butterflies in my stomach. At first it was a picture on my Iphone. Then I remember walking into the agency and I saw them through the window blinds. The youngest had long (and I mean long!) black pigtails and sat next her birth mom quietly. The oldest was energetic and busy. We met our first two foster daughters that day in March 2012. Before we met them, we talked with their birth mother. She was concerned because she knew we didn’t have kids and thought maybe we just wanted to steal hers. She was also concerned we were the sixth home the girls were going to in less than a year. Both April and I made it clear why we were foster parents. We were there to support both her and the children. April graciously let her know that we would probably … Continue reading

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June 17, 2016

To Dad: from Your Adoptive Daughter

My story began in Romania with a 19-year-old unwed girl who wasn’t able to take care of me. The Lord sovereignly chose adoption for me. I am blessed that a man and a woman from the United States made a decision that radically altered my life forever when they traveled across the world and chose me as their daughter. In honor of Father’s Day, I share this letter to my adopted dad. Dearest Daddy, As America pauses to celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday, I acknowledge the painful reality that this holiday is difficult for many because of the absence of strong, godly fathers. But the Lord has seen fit to bless me with one of the greatest men I know to be my Daddy—you! While biology says you weren’t my original father, love says something else. Blood is the least of what makes a family. Godly love is the real … Continue reading

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November 27, 2015

Adoption: A Dad’s Perspective

I want to first thank Lifesong for this tremendous opportunity to write for their November blog series. Their resources have blessed my family, and I’m glad to be able to contribute to the growing global work of showing and telling Jesus through orphan care. Looking at the title of “A Dad’s Perspective,” I want to address some issues that I believe are at the core of the orphan crisis. These are issues I struggled with – lies I at one time believed and sometimes still battle. So men, this is not a “bash on dudes” blog post but a testimony of God’s goodness to change the thinking of men regarding adoption and orphan care. 1. I didn’t understand the fatherhood of God. Ephesians 1 provides God’s “game plan” for redeeming his children. Verse 5 says, “He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with … Continue reading

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