Thursday, December 30, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
LIVE from Colorado Springs!
6:00 PM Pacific 7:00 PM Mountain 8:00 PM Central 9:00 PM Eastern
Worship with The Desperation Band, meet orphans around the globe, and hear
how students are showing the world God’s heart in service to orphans.
There are 3 ways to join this event:
1. LIVE ON THE WEB: Watch the webcast online on the Orphan Sunday website HERE!
2. LIVE BROADCAST: The NRB Network will broadcast the concert live on DirecTV’s channel 378 and SkyAngel, channel 126.
3. LIVE VIA SATELLITE: This medium is appropriate for larger audiences in venues with satellite viewing capability and larger screens. (Satellite information here.)
Also consider as part of your "LIVE!" event:
Offering a simple “orphan meal” of porridge or rice & salt
Leading discussion on God’s concern for the fatherless and our role in response
Picking a Heartwork project for your student group to adopt
Following your "LIVE!" event, consider leading discussion around the following questions:
1. What of God’s character is revealed in descriptions like “He defends the cause of the fatherless” (Dt. 10:18), or “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families” (Psalm 68)?
2. How are God’s heart and actions towards us mirrored when Christians care for orphans through adoption, foster care and care for orphans worldwide?
3. Why do you think James (1:27) describes care for orphans as a central part of “pure and faultless religion”?
4. What would be the impact if Christians consistently made God’s heart for orphans visible to the world?
5. In what ways might you consider acting upon these convictions?
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
It has been a busy few weeks leading up to this conference. On September 10-11, there were 350 who attended the Show Hope Empowered to Connect conference in Nashville, TN. Dr. Karyn Purvis and Michael and Amy Monroe, along with Dan and Terri Coley from Show Hope, are being used tremendously to encourage and equip many, many families. There were people from over 19 states in attendance! More conferences are planned and this will continue to provide families with information they need going into adoption instead of in emergency, post adoption mode.
Yesterday, I returned from a 4 day event in Lexington, Kentucky. Ashland Avenue Baptist Church had Russell Moore speak three nights - listen online Johnny Cash (mention of course), Van Halen, m&ms and the good Samaritan. I had the privilege to speak three times about ABBA Fund and other financial solutions for adoption. It is great to have the opportunity to inform families about interest free loans and how they maximize the increased, $13,170 per child, refundable tax credit! More here too.
One more thought. I was able to attend the Verge Conference in Austin in February and hear Francis Chan along with many other speakers. It was my first exposure to the missional community movement and I was challenged to think about the early church and daily living out my faith. Jedd Medefind posted an article yesterday that addresses many of the "living out my faith, orphan care and adoption" questions that I have been thinking about! God is using our orphan care and adoption experiences to demonstrate His love to the world and to draw us closer to Him. Read Jedd's article here
Hope to see you in Austin this weekend. Come early and hear Dr. Purvis if you can make the pre conference!
Friday, September 3, 2010
Also, a couple of her recent posts are very encouraging for anyone involved in the adoption process. We all need to be reminded of the "vertical" (used with permission from Dan Cruver :) ) and theological reasons that we are involved in adoption and caring for orphans. Angel also provides a wonderful list of available resources for adoption and foster care. I think you'll be encouraged by her heart and passion.
Monday, July 26, 2010
The article attributes the increased inquiries to the Haiti earthquake, theological movements and also popular conferences, such as Catalyst, Together for Adoption, the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit and Adopting for Life.
Thankful for Bethany and Bill Blacquire's leadership as Bethany helps families adopt orphans from around the world and here in the United States.
Read more here
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Caring for orphans invites a journey of discipleship. “I see these kids changed,” explained a woman who helps Christians get involved with foster care, “But I think the parents are changed even more.” It’s true. Every family I know that’s opened themselves to parentless children has not gone unaltered. And though the road can be hard, even painful, virtually always it leads closer to Jesus. Expressed one adoptive mom recently, “People have said, ‘Oh, aren’t they lucky, you rescued them from whatever.’ And I think, Are you kidding? I’m the lucky one. I get to be their mom. And I get to be daily rescued from my selfishness, and my impatience, and things that are just as disease-ridden in my soul.”
Ultimately, here’s the result I see again and again: love for orphans transforms. It transforms children as they experience love and nurture they’ve come to live without. It transforms individual Christians, as we encounter Jesus deeply and personally in a destitute child. It transforms the broader community of believers as well, pulling us corporately beyond a religion of self-development to a costly-but-muscular faith. Finally, love for orphans transforms a watching world, as it sees—perhaps for the first time—the Gospel embodied.
HT: Nathan Millican
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Photo of a little boy in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia when I was there in 2006.
HT: Christian Alliance for Orphans
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Learn more about Dr. Purvis and her amazing work at www.empoweredtoconnect.org - Dr. Purvis will be presenting in the Nashville, TN area September 10-11, 2010 and also speaking at Together For Adoption in Austin, TX, September 30 - October 2, 2010.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Adoption Tax Credit
By John M. Hine, Esq. and Laura Beauvais-Godwin
Great news: The adoption tax credit has been extended for one more year, has increased, and you could get a tax refund!!!
The Adoption Tax Credit has been extended another year, and starting this year, it has increased to $13,170. So if you adopt this year or next, you can receive not only a tax credit of $13,170 but for the first time, the tax credit is refundable. Except for the increase in the amount of credit you receive and the fact that the tax credit is refundable, the previous rules remain essentially the same.
What this means to you, the adoptive families:
The adoption tax credit will not sunset on December 31, 2010, it has been extended to December 31, 2011.
You may apply up to $13,170 of your adoption expenses toward your federal taxes when you file your 2010 or 2011 taxes, depending up the year that your adoption was finalized.
If you do not receive the full $13,170 in tax credit, you may be getting money back from the IRS for your adoption expenses. Yes, money back. If your tax liability for the year of your adoption is less than the amount of credit you are applying for, the IRS will refund the portion of the unused credit. This means you could receive some or all of the balance as a refund on your federal taxes. The Earned Income Credit is an example of another refundable tax credit.
What if I adopt 2 children? Do I get double the tax credit/refund?
If you adopt two children, you could have a tax credit up to $26, 340 if your total expenses came to $26,340 or more. It is important to note that if your income is too high, you could be phased out of the tax credit. However if your income is low enough, and you paid $26,340 or more in adoption related expenses, you could get a tax credit and a refund. If you adopt three children, the credit/refund could be as high as $39.510, as long as your adoption-related expenses are that high.
This means that if you adopted two children and the adoption fees and expenses came to $30,000, and your federal tax liability was $7,000, you would receive the $7,000 as a credit against your liability; in addition, you could receive the remaining $19,340 back in a refund from the IRS even though you did not pay that in taxes.
Please go to the link 15 minutes before the event.
Topic: Funding an Adoption
Date and Time:April 8, 2010 7:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time
Event number: 666 525 053
Event password: This event does not require a password.
Event address for attendees: https://nightlightevents.webex.com/nightlightevents/onstage/g.php?d=666525053&t=
Thursday, April 1, 2010
I look forward to seeing many of you at Summit VI!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Very important and life changing information for every parent and for anyone involved in foster care and adoption.
Also visit www.empoweredtoconnect.org for more resources (video, audio and articles) by Dr. Karyn Purvis.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I was on the phone with Becky Lloyd from Asheville, NC this afternoon as she is preparing for the Share His Hope orphan care and adoption conference March 19-20, 2010. She was sharing with me about the amazing foster care ministry of Russell Rogers. Becky then sent this story from today about Russell's son Casey!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
March 6, 2010
Blaise Baptist Church, Mocksville, NC
Adoption and Foster Care Expo
March 12-13, 2010
Calvary West, Advance, NC (just west of Winston-Salem)
The Connected Child Conference - with Dr. Karyn Purvis
Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church, Asheville, NC
Share His Hope 2010 - Orphan Care Conference
April 29-30, 2010
Grace Church, Minneapolis, MN
Summit VI - Christian Alliance For Orphans
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Shortly before 5p.m. yesterday, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, dealing another blow to the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Information coming out of the country remains limited, but the reported epicenter of the earthquake is a highly populated area known to house many of Port-au-Prince’s poorest. The International Red Cross estimates that three million people have been affected by the earthquake one third of the island nation’s population.
HOPE International has been unable to get in touch with any of its staff members in Haiti, yet based on news reports, we have reason to believe they are likely safe. HOPE Haiti’s director, who was in the Dominican Republic on business at the time of the earthquake, will be attempting to travel back into Haiti this morning accompanied by staff from HOPE International’s central offices in Lancaster, PA and leadership from our field partner Esperanza International. We plead with you to pray for the people of Haiti and have compiled a list of prayer requests to help you get started. For those who would like to contribute financially, HOPE will work with our partner Esperanza International to identify the most effective way to impact the people of Haiti in the aftermath of this tragedy.
Pray for coordination and efficiency in the immediate recovery efforts. The first 72 hours following the earthquake are critical in searching for those who may be trapped in rubble, treating the injured, and preventing further loss of life.
Pray that damage to the airport in Port-au-Prince would be miraculously limited, enabling aid agencies to rush necessary emergency aid to the country.
Pray for the safety of people now living on the streets.
Pray for hope. A sense of despair can lead to rioting, looting, and further destruction.
Pray that those affected would work together and be filled with supernatural patience and compassion.
Pray for justice and equity in the distribution of relief. Pray that God would touch and soften the hearts of those who might seek to benefit from this crisis by hoarding necessary food and supplies.
Pray that communication will be restored so that Haitians may speak with relatives and friends in the Port-au-Prince area.
Pray for the families of our staff and clients who may live in the Port-au-Prince area.
Pray for the family of HOPE Haiti intern Obed Daphnis who were in Port-au-Prince at the time of the earthquake.
Pray for HOPE Haiti director David St. Hilaire as he attempts to travel back into the country today. Pray for safety in travel and for wisdom upon his return.
Pray that God would be revealing Himself to the people of Haiti even in the midst of this tragedy.
For those who would like to contribute financially, HOPE will work with our partner Esperanza International to identify the most effective way to impact the people of Haiti in the aftermath of this tragedy. You may contribute here.