What about the Orphans in the U.S?

What about the Orphans in the U.S?

What about the Orphans in My Own Home Town? Having worked with orphans internationally for nearly 20 years now, I’m often asked, “But what about the kids right here in the U.S? There are some kids in terrible situations here, too.” And I figure for every person who...
A House Parent’s Perspective

A House Parent’s Perspective

I just got a letter from one of our house parents, Pastor Tonglen, and I want to share it with you. Dear Boaz family,   We mention you all in our prayers every day and give thanks for you.   One of the things we’re most grateful for is how you help with our children’s...
Your measure of forgiveness

Your measure of forgiveness

As I prepared for our second VBS in a Russian orphanage, selecting a curriculum was a bigger challenge than I expected. I knew it would have to work cross-culturally, avoiding the references many of our themed curricula have to things like newspaper carriers or...
What on earth?

What on earth?

For me, there’s no more difficult concept to discuss with an orphan than that of God’s will. Imagine sitting with Nikita. He remembers vividly the night his family’s apartment caught fire. The smell of smoke was already thick when his father scooped him up into his...