Friday, September 14th, 2012
As I’ve walked through the exhibit areas at Together for Adoption, I’ve been struck once again with the variety of ways God leads people to care for orphans–adoption, yes, but so much more.
Tendai directs and manages programs in 5 African countries: Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia and South Africa. He has a passion for finding and preparing families to care for those children who have no parental care through local and inter-country adoption. Additionally, he is a husband and a father of three daughters.
He developed the first-of- its-kind foster family care and domestic adoption program in Ethiopia working with local churches, governments and UNICEF. Upon witnessing Bethany’s work in Ethiopia, the government of Ghana invited Bethany to assist in the development their social service system to care for families and children. (from the T4A Blog)
Then tonight I met Laura, coauthor with Johnny Carr of Orphan Justice: How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adopting.
The evening ended with the premier showing of Faultless: The American Orphan, produced by Unthinkable. The film is intended to open the minds and hearts of Christians to various ways to help orphans, not just adoption.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction (James 1:27). As Jonathan Goode, one of the film makers said, “It’s time for orphan care to be mainstream Christianity in America.”
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