BELONG :: Resources

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Kids Belong Event:

Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

Century Club Ballroom
356 West Western Ave
Downtown Muskegon

Learn more: www.kidsbelong.com/event

 

Kids Waiting For A Forever Family:

Visit Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange: http://www.mare.org

See pictures of kids in need of a home right here in Michigan.

 

Organizations To Answer Questions And Help You Take Next Steps:

Learn more about Foster Care and Adoption:

Department of Human Services: www.michigan.gov/dhs

Bethany Christian Services: http://www.bethany.org/

Catholic Charities: West Michigan: http://ccwestmi.org/foster-care-adoption

 

Additional Ways To Be Involved:

Provide a short term loving environment for a child whose family is experiencing a pressing difficulty:  Safe Families: http://www.bethany.org/main/safe-families-children

 

Prayer guides to pray for orphans here and around the world:

http://kaywarren.com/wp-content/uploads/Orphan-Care-Prayer-Guide.pdf

http://www.cryoftheorphan.org/User/Document/Fosterprayerguide.pdf

 

Pray and ask God what He is calling you to do.

 

Adopt a foster or adoptive family. Decide to be an encourager, supporter, and helper to a family that has answered the call to adopt or foster. Pray for them and give them courage.

 

Open your home to a refugee: http://www.bethany.org/grandrapids/refugee-foster-care

 

Assist with the work our partners do in South Africa and Haiti with orphans and vulnerable people. You can go on a trip, support those going, or give financially to help support our partners. You can do this by writing South Africa or Haiti on the giving envelope.

 

Get educated about the needs around us and around the world:

Some Books:

Orphan Justice: How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adopting” by Johnny Carr.

Fields of the Fatherless: Discover the Joy of Compassionate Living” by Tom Davis

Back to “normal life.”

Selam!  (Hello!)

I spent ten days on the ground in Ethiopia exploring ways Watermark might be able to join God in caring for orphans and the poor.  This was my second trip to there.  I love Ethiopia.  I love her languages, people, landscapes, history, and amazing hospitality.

My love for Ethiopia was sparked as my wife and I began asking God where we should adopt a child from.  We adopted our daughter Misgana, from Ethiopia, as a five year old in August of 2009.

 

I am going to share photos, reflections, challenges, and experiences from my trip on here this week.

One of the best parts of the trip was that I was able to do this trip with my dad.  Thankfully he is a much better photographer than me so I will post some of the pics he took for the site.  🙂

Here we are on Mt. Entoto on our first day in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 

 

Ethiopia bound

I have the opportunity to return to Ethiopia next month with Bethany Christian Services.  I’m going to explore ways Watermark can partner with an Ethiopian church to begin a foster care program for orphans.  I’ll also be looking into other ways we can serve widows and orphans in this remarkable, but poverty stricken area.

My wife, Vicki, and I sponsor a child through an amazing ministry named, “Yezelalem Minch.”  Their name means, “Everlasting Spring.”  This tremendous ministry has a wide range of social services and the best part is that they are Ethiopian started and led.

Above is a picture of me with Meron, the girl we sponsor.  I look forward to connecting with her again when I travel.  I’ve seen first hand the impact sponsorship makes for a girl like Meron.  For only $30 a month she receives food, medical and educational support.  If you are interested in helping a child through sponsorship you can do this through Bethany’s website.

Thanks!