Each of God’s people carries a vision He has placed in their heart—a dream nourished when they say yes to small steps as well as to heart-racing leaps of faith. Marguerite Bonnema, one of the three cofounders of Bethany Christian Services, carried her dream for decades, staying faithful and focused as she took such steps and leaps, even when she felt afraid.
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55 children have been matched with their forever family!
This is a true testimony of God being there for HIS kids. We are seeing across the nation of how God is moving and working for the good of the children that he cherishes and loves!
Recently, there has been much discussion about the influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America to The United States. The majority of these children have fled their home country to avoid being the victims of organized crime violence, including human trafficking—risking their lives and traveling hundreds or thousands of miles in deplorable and unsafe conditions. At Bethany Christian Services, our mission is to demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting and enhancing the lives of children through quality social services.
Bethany Christian Services is offering orientation sessions this month to encourage eligible candidates to consider application for their next YouthBuild session. YouthBuild is a program open to low-income residents of Kent County in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who have dropped out of traditional schooling and want an opportunity to move forward in life. Eighteen- to 24-year-olds with a passion to earn their GEDs, learn new skills, and commit to an intensive seven-month training period are eligible to apply.
If you have been following the news, you know that the United States has a new crisis on our southern border, where an unprecedented number of minors are now fleeing violence and crossing in to the United States—and alone.
Bethany Christian Services President and CEO Bill Blacquiere discusses the rise in human trafficking during popular sporting events such as the Super Bowl and World Cup
Bob Schmid is an adoptive father of two children. He and his wife, Sally, adopted their son from China in 2008 when he was 3, and they adopted their daughter from Ethiopia in 2012 when she was 7. Both children had special placement needs.
“These kids flipped my world upside down and have been a wonderful blessing since they entered our family,” Bob said. “God has given me a huge heart for orphans across the globe.”
Do you have a healthy balance in your personal and professional life-or do you need to "work at work" toward a healthy balance?
A year-end staff survey on employee engagement was sent out to our staff in 2013. Approximately 33 percent of our participating employees indicated they struggle with balancing their work and life needs—for the benefit of their families as well as for themselves. As a result, HR and Staff Development with our corporate senior leadership have been focusing a number of our efforts in 2014 on helping staff members address their work-life balance.
Have you ever met someone who truly thinks outside of the box? They’re inspiring to be around and often have great impact on the companies they work for. Take Art Fry for instance, a scientist who worked for the 3M Company. Every Sunday, Art would mark the pages of a hymnal with small bits of paper before singing in the choir, and every Sunday those pieces would invariably fall out all over the floor. Suddenly an idea struck him. He remembered an adhesive developed by a colleague that everyone thought was a failure because it didn’t stick very well.
God instituted festivals as spiritual appointments for His people to celebrate with Him. The Hebrew term for these special times is moadim, and I believe, in conjunction with the Passover celebration, this Sunday is perhaps our most significant collective spiritual appointment with God.