People Are Irritating

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People frequently ask me, “What’s the biggest challenge of running a large orphanage?” It’s not funding, it’s not dealing with childhood trauma, it’s not even dealing with government bureaucracy. My biggest day-to-day challenge is keeping “grown-ups” from killing each other. Think of any group you’re involved in (work, home fellowship, whatever). Now imagine living with those people seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. If you’re honest, you might want to kill someone also. Continue reading

Orphan Care is Sometimes a Short-Term Gig

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This is a repost from a couple of years ago, I hope to have a new post next week. Blessings.

When caring for children at risk, children who are abandoned or orphaned, it’s important to realize it’s just for a season. You need to know that, for many reasons, children you’re caring for are going to leave. We need to be ready for it, and we need to help them be ready for it. Continue reading

“I’m Right, You’re Wrong, End of Discussion.”

yelling2The world has never been more polarized. Mask or no mask, Republican or Democrat, the question of pineapple on pizza, everyone has a position. A simple Google search can find countless websites and memes to back any opinion you like. The problem is, life is a lot more complicated than black and white views; life is full of gray. Continue reading

What About Dad?

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Father, dad, pops, whatever word you use for the male parent in your life, it can bring up deep and complicated emotions. Our earthly father, and our relationship with him, for good or bad, will influence us for our entire lives. When you’re dealing with an orphaned or abandoned child, this can be profoundly complicated. Where does their security, and definition of fatherhood, come from? Continue reading