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Adoption and Vulnerable Child Care Website List

Below are some recommended adoption websites, links to resources and recommended orphan and vulnerable child organizations.  I have put this list together for a sermon I am giving at Willow Creek Community Church, to their orphan care ministry.  I hope this is helpful to you.

Bright Hope

www.BrightHope.org

Bright Hope and Willow Creek Partnership in Zambia http://www.brighthope.org/our_projects/zmb0030.php

Support a poor family caring for an orphan in Haiti  http://www.brighthope.org/our_projects/hai0040.php

 Russian Adoption

This group screened medical records and video tape for both our adopted children: http://www.childstudy.org/pre-adoptive-services/

Information and chat-rooms about Russian and Ukrainian adoptions http://www.frua.org/

Links and information for International Adoptions http://www.karensadoptionlinks.com/regions.html

Congressional Coalition on Adoption http://www.ccainstitute.org/

Adoption Agencies and Ministry List

http://www.christianalliancefororphans.org/agencies-and-ministries/adoption/

Funding Resources for Adoption

http://www.abbafund.org/

http://www.lifesongfororphans.org/

https://www.americaschristiancu.com/

http://www.giftofadoption.org/

Books and Resources

faithbasedcarefororphans.org

http://www.christianalliancefororphans.org/resources/resource-library/

http://www.icareaboutorphans.org/RBooks.aspx#guide

http://www.showhope.org/Resources/HelpfulTools.aspx

Your Child is Missing!

One of the heart stopping moments in life is when you think your child is missing.  You may be in a mall or grocery store and when you turn around your child is missing.  An overwhelming panic grabs you; the worst comes to mind, and your heart races.  It is an awful few seconds that seem like minutes or hours.  But most often, for 99.9% of parents, the child is only an aisle away or around the corner, safe and sound.   When you gain sight-line of your child your panic turns into a beautiful sigh of relief.

However, that isn’t the case for Supna, a young girl I met earlier in the year.  She was only 17 and was sold into sex slavery to pay off a family debt.  After she met with our team she was taken underground because her captors feared we were going to rescue her. They sold her for 30 days at time and made money from her.

Since then we can’t find her!  She is lost!  Rumors of her whereabouts circulate between family and friends, but nobody really knows where or how she is.

There has been recent chatter that she was badly beaten and taken to a local hospital.  No one can say for sure, except that she isn’t safe and she is lost.

I sometimes wonder if she remembers our meeting.  I briefly shared the Lord with her and she prayed with a woman on our team.  I wonder if she is holding onto Jesus as only a child would in the face of such evil.

All I can do now is pray. Father God, your child is missing.  I pray for a day when I will see her again.  I pray she will be alive and able to recover from the human trafficking demons that keep her imprisoned right now.

Will you pray with me for Supna, right now?

Bright Hope is showing a documentary about the plight of human trafficking on Friday, September 14th, 7PM at the Bright Hope Center in Hoffman Estates, IL.  “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls.” This hard-hitting documentary exposes the disturbing trends in modern sex slavery. From initial recruitment to victim liberation—and everything in between—the previously veiled underworld of sex slavery is uncovered in this groundbreaking, tell-all documentary.   Let me know if you can join us, CHDyer@BrightHope.org

Graduation: From College and Slum

Zainabu in 2008

You may have walked through Bright Hope’s replica of her slum house located in our warehouse. You may have listened to her testimony or seen her picture on Bright Hope’s website.  You may not remember her by name, but you know her story.

Exactly four years ago on my trip to the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, I met a vibrant young girl named Zainabu.  She was an orphaned teenager trying to support her three younger siblings living in the darkness of poverty.  The burden of taking care of her siblings and trying to earn money to survive could have darkened her spirit.  But she had an unshakable hope for her future.

Zainabu had been attending our partner church in Nairobi, Mathare Community Outreach Church.  She was on the dance team and worshipped the Lord through dance.  The pastor of the church spoke highly of this young woman.  He said she had great faith in God and remained pure and focused on trusting God with her future.

When I sat down and spoke with her, I asked her what her dreams were for her life.  She explained the deaths of her parents and the unwavering burden of trying to take care of her siblings.  But then her eyes lit up, and she walked over to a little cabinet in her shack and pulled out a college application – already filled out specifically to major in communications.  “This is my dream,” she told me.

It was then that we began the scholarship program in the Mathare Valley slum.

Night classes were her only option, as she had to still find ways to earn money to feed her siblings.  It took a team of “body guards” to get her home each night, for the alleys of Mathare are not a place any woman should be walking alone.

Four years later, we praise God for the blessings of helping Zainabu to attend college.  We celebrate her today, as she has graduated college with her degree!

The church and friends celebrated by singing “This is the Day That the Lord has Made” and testimonials.  She said this in her speech:

“God is good all the time!  I’m so happy – I don’t know what to say!  I am so grateful to God for this chance that He has brought me.  It’s been a long journey full of challenges, full of ups and downs, but I’m so grateful to God.  I remember when I was so hopeless, even when my parents were alive and couldn’t afford my school.  I had given up hope.  And then the day the pastor came to me and told me I was going to school – I was so surprised!    I remember I got a Bible, a mattress, a blanket, and some pants, and everything I needed to go to school … First to elementary school, then secondary school and finally college …

 Thank you to the Bright Hope organization and all the Bright Hope allies – thank you for all the financial help.  Thank you for seeing me through all of this.  And to every single person who supported me, who contributed to my success, I have to say thank you.”

Zainabu now has a job and is planning to move out from the slum to better place for her brother and two sisters, another graduation of sorts.

If you would like to help other students graduate from trade schools and universities, it costs $40 for a week of trade school.  There are jobs waiting for teachers, accountants and nurses who finish these two year degrees.  www.BrightHope.org

 

 

Kony: Who? What? Why?

The Invisible Children (IC) campaign, “Kony 2012,” has brought to light the terrorist activities of Joseph Kony, a Ugandan rebel leader.  IC’s video about Kony has been viewed over 100 million times in just the past few weeks and created a firestorm of controversy and increased pressure for his arrest.  In support of this call for justice, I want to share with you some actions you can take that will help African churches minister to those who have experienced the pain and destruction of Kony’s nightmarish civil war.

Who is Joseph Kony?  Joseph Kony is the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Central African Republic.  Civil unrest caused by the LRA has made refugees of over 2 million people and increased poverty throughout the region.   Kony’s troops have spread terror and destruction for over 20 years.

The tactics of the LRA include stealth raids and hit and run attacks against mostly civilian populations, making his movements and activities tough to stop.  His troops have abducted an estimated 60,000 children, turning them into child soldiers and sex slaves.  Accounts of children being given drugs and guns and then forced to shoot their parents have been recorded along with thousands of other atrocities.  In the past month alone, 3 people have been killed and 43 young people abducted.

As a teenager, Kony was the witch doctor for his village and many believe Kony to be demon-possessed.  He uses spiritual language and symbols often in his propaganda and claims to be serving God through his actions.

Since 2005, Kony and four of his deputies have been charged with war crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court.  Two of these officers have been killed in fighting, but even with increased US military advisers and technical support, Kony has evaded arrest.

Pray for justice and give to churches helping people destroyed by Kony’s war?

Bright Hope has always focused on helping churches in impoverished areas of the world to share the love of Christ in practical ways.  So, when the LRA moved out of Uganda and it was safe for people to leave the refugee camps and return home, Bright Hope began partnering with in-country churches to help victims of Kony’s terrorist attacks repair their lives.  In 2009, in a remote northern area of Uganda, near the town of Apac, we began a program to help widows, former child soldiers and those with HIV and AIDS (which was also running rampant in the refugee camps).

Using the powerful micro-lending tool, we are helping mothers and their children (average size family in Uganda is eight) earn enough money to feed the family, send the children to school and repay the loan.

Because our programs are accomplished through partnerships with churches, the Gospel message is shared with all those willing to listen.  Many have committed their lives to Christ and have faith and hope for eternity with Jesus in Heaven.

Hope for Today, Tomorrow and Eternity is our motto – and we are seeing it in action!

The cost of the program, including the loan capital, three training sessions, and other fees is $274 per family or $34 per family member.  Our goal is to have 100 families on the program by the end of July.

Could you help provide a loan for one family or one family member?

As you hear more about Kony (IC’s “Kony 2012”campaign will make a major promotional push from April 16th-21th) please remember that you can actually help bring life and love back to the people Kony tried to destroy. The complete details of our project and links for donating can be found on BrightHope.org at http://bit.ly/BrightHopeKONY.

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Fun Friday Photo – Pencils Bring Joy?

India: Orphans and Vulnerable Children receive school supplies from Bright Hope

I remember taking this picture so well.  I asked the children what they were excited about receiving from their Hope Packs, and they held up their pencils.  “Pencils”, I said, “No Way!” and they all shouted back “YEEAAAHHHH”.   A moment I’ll never forget!

Side bar:  Every time you “share” one of my blog posts on Facebook five new people see visit this site.  Thank you for making this blog a hit and an effective tool for people to learn about helping the poor.  Keep sharing, commenting and sending me your ideas.

Rev. CH Dyer

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