Sunday, January 30, 2011

Family Life - Moments with you

The devotional below was posted by Family Life - Moments with you. Fields of the Fatherless is probably my all time favorite book because it lays out so beautifully and directly God's call to the church to care for the widow, the lonely and the orphan. If you are considering adoption or starting an orphan ministry in your church this is a must read book. Tom Davis has also made a DVD that goes along with this book if you use it in the form of a study with a small group or ministry vision group. :)

January 30

Adopting God's Heart

Vindicate the weak and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
Psalm 82:3

In his book Fields of the Fatherless, C. Thomas Davis writes, "If you searched the Bible from front to back, you'd find many issues close to God's heart. But you'd also notice three groups of people coming up again and again. They appear so many times, in fact, you have to conclude that God mentions them purposely to make sure they are at the top of our priority list."

They are orphans, widows and aliens (or strangers).

God demonstrated His care and provision for these three groups through His instructions to the Israelite farmers in Deuteronomy 24:19: "When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands" (NIV).

Similarly, if we want our Christianity to be its purest, we too must actively exercise our concern for the left-out and the abandoned: "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world" (James 1:27-28).

Caring for the fatherless is not simply a compassionate act. Adoption is not merely an additional means of growing our families to the desired size. Caring for orphans is about obedience and expressing the heart of God.

Perhaps God is calling you to the redemptive task of adoption, as He has Barbara and me. If not, each of us can be part of supporting, praying for and encouraging those who are in the midst of adoption, those who are seeking to acquire God's heart for the fatherless

Discuss how you can express the heart of God in caring for orphans. Also ask yourselves, Is there a reason why adopting a child would not be a possibility?

Promise the Father that you will pursue His heart for the fatherless and orphaned, in whatever way He directs you to do so--orphan care, foster care, adoption or mission work.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Special Guest is coming to Loveland

Nightlight Christian Adoptions invites you to meet Alex Krutov with The Harbor located in St.Petersburg, Russia.

Monday - February 7th at noon at Carinos in Loveland

If you are able to attend and hear Alex's testimony and how The Harbor is changing young peoples lives in St. Petersbury please RSVP to Jeff Dillon at: or 663-6799


Alex Krutov Director of Development and Co-Founder Abandoned by his mother when he was just a month old, Alex was placed in the Russian state orphanage system. His tumultuous childhood included adoption, abuse, running away, living on the streets, and a return to the orphanage system. Since that time, Alex has earned an AS degree in Business Administration Management. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Franklin University (Columbus, OH) in 2005.

The Harbor:

“Our mission is to find the lost and forgotten orphans who are aging out of the Russian state system and who have a desire to succeed.

Having identified them, we work to develop them in such a way that they are anchored in life and launched into a sustainable future.”

Thank you Nightlight Christian Adoptions for giving us this opportunity to meet Alex.

The Lord Has Responded

This article appeared in Penecostal Evangel January 23, 2011 You can also read: A Case for Adoption and The Assemblies of God: A Voice for the Unborn at:

The Lord Has Responded

By Debbie Wheeland
Jan. 23, 2011

“I know today is April Fools Day, but ... I want to assure you, what I’m about to tell you is no joke!” announced Joe McCarthy, a staff pastor at North Hills Church (an Assemblies of God congregation in Brea, Calif.). “Before this service is over, I could be a dad!”

Since Joe himself was adopted at birth, the word always conjured up delightful images in his mind’s eye. One in particular he shared with the congregation that morning.

“I’ve always pictured my adoptive parents walking into a huge nursery where hundreds of cribs are lined up. Suddenly the heavens part, an immense, shining light beams over my crib and angels sing, ‘This is the one!’”

Joe and Libby McCarthy married in their early 30s. After a few years, they felt it was time to start a family. But for reasons they did not yet fully understand, Libby was unable to become pregnant. Endless fertility treatments and thousands of dollars in medical bills over the next seven years yielded no results.

It became evident that the McCarthys would have to consider other options, so they began researching domestic and international adoptions.

“We both desired an infant, but discovered our options were minimal,” Joe says. “And with international adoption, it could take up to five years.”

“I was fearful if we adopted within the United States, something could go wrong and the biological parents might be able to take our child,” Libby adds.

Some dear friends, who themselves were adoptive parents, invited Joe and Libby to dinner. There they asked if the McCarthys had considered an open adoption and then described their own open adoption experience through a local agency.

Prospective adoptive parents are required to complete a mountain of paperwork and a series of classes, then the agency matches prospective parents’ profiles with pregnant women in their care. The birth mom then interviews and chooses the adoptive parents for her child. Though the training is four months long, the process, they explained, can take up to two years.

Once chosen, the parents-to-be build a relationship with the birth mom throughout the pregnancy. Potentially, the adoptive parents can participate in the birth process and can take the baby home from the hospital. Then throughout the life of the child, an ongoing relationship with the birth mom is maintained.

On the drive home, Libby expressed her reservations and biggest fear — that the birth mom would change her mind. Joe suggested they pray about it and investigate further before deciding.

After much prayer, they made the initial appointment with the adoption center their friends recommended. After attending the first two monthly classes and having their home inspected, the adoption agency presented a panel of women who had placed their babies up for adoption. While listening to the mothers tell their personal stories, Libby’s heart truly embraced open adoption.

“Listening to those birth moms completely changed my perspective,” she says. “They have sacrificed so much to give their babies a better life. I knew for certain we should do this.”

All prospective adoptive parents, pregnant women, their family and friends are encouraged to attend monthly support meetings to help them through the long and emotional process.

When Joe and Libby walked through the doors into their first support group experience, Libby noticed a very pregnant woman sitting alone, visibly uncomfortable and agitated. She immediately felt compassion for her and sat down by her. “Hi, I’m Libby.”

“I’m Zena, and in my eighth month.” After a few moments she shared what was bothering her. “I feel like the couple I’ve chosen to adopt my baby is pulling away from me. I’m scared. I don’t know what to do!”

Libby offered her empathy and support and then prayed with Zena. As they parted company, she and Joe did their best to reassure Zena everything would work out.

A month later the McCarthys were attending their second support meeting. Happily, they saw Zena again, whose unborn baby was now full term. Libby and Zena quickly began talking like old friends.

“How long have you been in the program?” Zena asked.

“We have completed three months, and in a few days we will take our CPR class,” Libby replied.

After saying their good-byes, Joe and Libby walked out to the parking lot.

“Wait, wait!” called out a social worker. “Zena wants to set up an interview with you to consider you as the adoptive parents.”

“Are we qualified? We haven’t even completed our training!” Libby blurted out.

Two days later, the interview took place.

After quick hugs the three talked openly and effortlessly. Later the social worker remarked, “Zena was completely at ease with you two. I have never seen one of these interviews go so smoothly. Expect a phone call tomorrow.”

Libby and Joe walked out filled with anticipation, entrusting God with all their fears and questions.

The next day at their CPR training, a very excited Joe and Libby could hardly concentrate. In fact the whole room of strangers was electrified with excitement as Joe and Libby let everyone in on their situation. Suddenly, Joe’s cell phone rang. Going out into the hallway Joe and Libby answered the phone. Upon hearing the decision, Libby fell to her knees and wept loudly.

Upon reentering the class, they shouted: “She chose us! We’re going to be parents!”

The next few days were a blur — it was nearly Holy Week, a busy week for a pastor. Palm Sunday, which happened to fall on April Fool’s Day that year, came and went with still no word from Zena.

On Wednesday morning they received the call from Zena to come quickly to the hospital. Libby coached, holding Zena’s hand, while Joe documented the blessed miracle on video.

Zena and the joyful new parents chose the new baby girl’s name together: Eliana, which means, “The Lord has responded.”

Even though they had only gotten to know Zena over the past few days, a deep sense of trust bonded their relationship. They all spent the next three days together at the hospital with only a curtain separating their beds during sleeping hours.

A month later, Libby and Joe met with Zena at the adoption center and reassured her while she signed relinquishment papers, giving up all legal rights to her biological child. Soon afterward, they all participated in an “entrustment ceremony,” vowing their commitment to each other and to Eliana.

Settling into parenthood came naturally while the happy couple thanked God for their amazing blessing.

Then, quite unexpectedly, when Eliana was six months old, an unsettling phone call came.

“My client, your child’s biological father, never signed relinquishment papers. He is taking you to court to contest your adoption.”

Joe and Libby’s greatest fear had suddenly become their reality.

Romans 8:28 became their go-to verse as the pretrial legalities dragged on. Nearly every day someone called to encourage and pray with them while friends all over the world continued to earnestly uphold them in prayer.

During her testimony, Zena remained faithful to her decision, declaring her 100-percent support of the adoption agreement.

In his final summary, the judge commended Zena for her love and courage. “Parenthood is not established merely by a strain of DNA, but by everyday giving of love and care, through the good times and bad. I hereby terminate the parental claims of the birth father and rule in favor of the adoptive parents.”

While supporters cheered, Joe and Libby silently looked heavenward and cried tears of thanks and praise.

Six months later, a church fundraiser for the McCarthys covered the majority of the legal costs. Later, an anonymous donor paid what was left of the remaining debt.

When Eliana was about 18 months old, Zena made a difficult confession to Joe and Libby — she was pregnant again.

“I’m so embarrassed. I didn’t mean for this to happen. Please don’t be disappointed in me. I’m still in no position to raise a child, so I will be placing this baby for adoption, too.”

Zena left it at that. She didn’t ask, suggest or assume Joe and Libby would agree to adopt another baby. After the initial state of shock subsided, Joe and Libby couldn’t help but once again prayerfully consider what they should do.

Six months later, within days of celebrating Easter, Eliana’s second birthday, and the signing of Eliana’s final adoption papers, Joe and Libby held their second newborn daughter, Gabriela, in their arms and bowed their heads.

“Thanks for bringing Zena and our daughters into our lives. Lord, You truly have responded to our prayers and given us the desires of our hearts!”

Thursday, January 20, 2011

This adorable little girl needs a family!!

Isn't she ADORABLE!!! Samyiah is waiting for a family to call her own. Samyiah was born in March 09'. Below is a brief profile written by her caseworker:

Samyiah is a very happy toddler who rarely cries or reacts negatively. Being in the middle of family interactions makes this tyke happy; she thrives when she is doted upon or given lots of verbal and physical attention. Samyiah is a curious child who has surpassed many of the expectations of medical professionals and continues to gain developmental ground at every turn. She was premature at birth and continues to use a g-tube and feeding machine. Physical therapy helps her strengthen her muscle tone and she receives occupational therapy to help her with dexterity and feeding herself. For a premature child, Samyiah is developing mostly on target. She is achieving milestones but sometimes a little later than other typical children her age. The caseworker prefers a family who will keep her current foster parents in her life, allowing them to assume the role of perhaps grandparents. Given Samyiah's many needs, it will likely be a challenge to find many qualified respite providers; the current caregivers are willing and desiring an ongoing relationship with Samyiah if at all possible. Financial assistance may be available for adoption-related services. For Colorado children, both homestudied and non-homestudied Colorado families are encouraged to inquire; only homestudied families from other states should do so.

Please pray for her forever family to be united with her soon!!! For more information about Samyiah's contact the Adoption Exchange at 303-755-4756. Her case number is #9370. :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Northern Colorado Christian Alliance for Orphans

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano Logo Biaggi's - Champaign

Northern Colorado Christian Alliance for Orphans is a regional alliance of Christian Alliance for Orphans. We exist to unite the body of Christ in ONE voice to advocate for the needs of orphans in our community and around the world.
We will be meeting at Biaggi's at Centerra, Loveland - 5929 Sky Pond Dr. Loveland, CO at noon on Thursday, January 20th. A Buffet lunch will be served - $10.50 w/water and $12.50 with soft drink or tea (includes gratuity).

Joining us this month:

Dr. Sharen Ford and Brian Mavis will be sharing about the new Heart Gallery Colorado that we will be displayed in churches in Northern CO. Your response to host the Heart Gallery has been amazing - WE ARE THRILLED that we have this opportunity. Thank you to the State of CO for giving us this opportunity.

-Chris and Sarah Padbury - Project 1.27 will be sharing with us about the upcoming Orientation at Timberline Church on Feb. 18th. They will also be sharing the new journey that they have been on the last few months.

-Lorraine Meyer - Birthmother Ministries will be sharing about what their role is and how they are partnering with agencies and local organizations to minister to women who need extra support during their pregnancy.

If you would like to know more about what is going on in Northern Colorado regarding adoption and orphan ministry related issues please join us!!!! :)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Sanctity of Human Life Weekend Jan. 22/23

I would like to introduce you to Lorraine Meyer. She is the leader of Birthmothers Ministry which is a part of Welcome Child Ministry at Timberline Church. She is an amazing advocate and support to those seeking to minister to women who need support during their pregnancy. Here is an update from Lorraine about upcoming Sanctity of Human Life Weekend:

On Saturday January 22, 2011 and Sunday, January 23, 2011, Timberline Church will be joining churches all over the nation in celebrating the Sanctity of Human Life. Please feel to stop by the tables in our church “mall” which include local pregnancy care centers that share a pro-life approach to assisting women and their families.

Also, there will be a table in the church mall for Birthmother Ministries, a ministry that matches trained, Christian volunteers in a one-on-one friendship with a pregnant woman in need, regardless the path of her pregnancy. This friendship is intended to provide emotional support, practical help in finding community resources and spiritual support, if the pregnant woman wishes.

Please stop by any of the tables to receive general information or to volunteer with any of the ministries.

For more information you can contact Lorraine at:

If you know someone would like to information regarding post abortion support, please contact:

Cris Flippen at the Alpha Center 227-6625

Discover how you can be an advocate.....

Life and Justice
for the preborn child, orphans, those living with special needs, the elderly, or victims of human trafficking and genocide by attending:
The Sanctity of Human Life and Biblical Justice Conference
at New Life Church in Colorado Springs on January 22, 2011 from 8:00am - 9:00pm

ONE call with MANY faces.

For information about the speakers, break-out sessions and registration go to:

There will be a live simulcast of the event:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

One year ago today....

Haiti was hit with a devastating earthquake. A country that was already faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges was now faced with unbelievable loss and grief of losing those they loved and their homes.
I was blessed to be part of team that went to Haiti in August on a trip to Son of God Orphanage. The need is great. Infact, the need seems beyond my capability of responding to. God is not asking me or you to step in and fix it as a whole, He is calling us to respond to the need in the manner that He puts before us.
This song "I Refuse" by Josh Wilson resonates in my heart personally. I don't want to pretend everything is all right - I don't want to wait for someone else to do what God has asked me to do - I don't want to live like I don't care.
If I close my eyes I can still hear the voices of the children at Son of God Orphanage, I can still feel their fingers touch my arm, I can still see the smiles on their faces as we loved on them.
God asks us to respond to the things that are on His heart - The children and people of Haiti are precious to Him, we need to respond accordingly.
Let's live like we care in a BIG WAY!!! :)
Matthew 5:14-16
You are like light for the whole world. A city built on top of a hill cannot be hidden, and no one would light a lamp and put it under a clay pot. A lamp is placed on a lampstand, where it can give light to everyone in the house. Make your light shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise Your Father in heaven.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month. Becoming a mentor can have a great impact in the life of a child or teenager. Rob Mitchell's book Castaway Kid is a great example of how a mentor had the ability to speak hope, life and love into his life. His mentor helped him get past his heartbreaking circumstances to become a successful business man and nationwide speaker who advocates for children in need of a positive change and influence in their life. That positive change and influence could very well be YOU! :)
To find out how you can become a mentor for kids in Larimer County:
or contact: Christina Ulrich-Jones at:

No Welcome Child Adoption/Foster Care Support Group

Cardinal In Snow
Due to our snowstorm today, Timberline Church has closed their facilities for the rest of the day.
Mark and Kristin Orphan have agreed to come and speak at our next scheduled meeting on February 6. So please mark you calendars for that date. Enjoy the snow!!! :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

"Change of Plans" Exclusive Trailer

Family Movie Night on Fox - this Saturday, Jan. 8th -" Change of Plans".

This looks like a great family movie!!! There is a lot of interest and anticipation going into helping individuals and families find out how they can get involved after watching this movie.

After the movie join a live broadcast at:

Hosted by Kelly Rosati, VP of Community Outreach at Focus on the Family- I Care about Orphans

Guests include:
Paul Pennington, Executive Director and Co-Founder - Hope for Orphans
Charles "Chuck" Johnson - President and CEO, National Council for Adoption
Sharen Ford, Ph.D, Manager, Permanency Service in CO

To learn more go to:

There is also a study guide to go with the movie:

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Sunday, January 9th at 5:00pm in Room 211 at Timberline Church- Mark and Kristin Orphan will be sharing about their adoption journey and the challenges that can be presented in marriage when you are parenting children that have been hurt.
Mark and Kristin do a great job at being real while at the same time providing support and encouragement for those who are on this journey.
Kristin started Finally Home Foundation in CA. It has been a tremendous support to families who have attended a FHF event. We are looking forward to having FHF launch in CO in April.
The need is real and we want to be a part of supporting families who say "yes" to providing a home for children in need of temporary care or a forever family.
Childcare is available for this event.
Please register at:
Filling in the blanks on the form add:
Leader: Jeff and Kari Stewart
Ministry Group Name: Welcome Child Adoption/Foster Care Support Group

From Finally Home Foundation Website:

The Need
Families often find themselves isolated and struggling with some of the following challenges:

1. Marital Crisis

2. Financial Crisis

3. Need for mentorship from experienced foster/adoptive parents

4. Need for extra curricular activities to build self-esteem and promote healing for the foster/adopted child

What a great way to start the year supporting and encouraging each other!!!! Thank you to Mark and Kristin for your willingness to share - we appreciate you!!! :)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Christian Alliance for Orphans Webinar

Help Wanted: Protecting Orphans from Human Trafficking
As part National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, gain an overview of the global human trafficking problem, its impact on orphans, and what orphan care ministries, churches, and motivated individuals can do to make a difference.
Host Church: Woodmen Valley Chapel
Presenters: Dave Wayman, Woodmen Valley Chapel
Tom Davis, Children's HopeChest
Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Time: 2:00 PM Eastern

Day after Day

Not one of us knows what tomorrow will bring.
Have you ever had something suddenly happen in your life that seemed to change all of your tomorrows? Your view of life, decisions, and sometimes your view of God was now seen through a new filter?

While our view changes, God's does not.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.
Hebrews 13:8

His Word is true, His Promises are real, His love for us is unchangeable and our confessed sins are cast as far as the east is from the west (Psalms 103:12) . WOW!!! How can we not want to cling to Him knowing how much he cares for us?

This coming year will bring unimaginable joy and unexpected situations and challenges for all of us. God will be right there in the middle of it all if we allow Him to be. He will bring peace that passes all understanding (Phil. 4:8) and comfort that will sustain and lift us up personally and as the body of Christ (2 Cor. 1:3-4).

This song by Kristian Stanfill - Day after Day speaks to this truth.

No matter what joys, disappointments, victories, hurts, fears come our way in 2011 - God is Faithful ALL of the time!! He is the God of everyday - Rest in His Hope and Love for you as you commit the coming year to Him.
Happy New Year to all of you!! :)