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Written by Amylynn Warners on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 04:48

When Bethany began the These 400 campaign early this year to focus on finding forever homes for children with difficult placement needs, little did we imagine God would bless our efforts and these children to the degree he has. We can never out-imagine God!

When we set the goal to find 100 families this year for These 400, we were determined to be thoughtful and deliberate in achieving this “big hairy audacious goal”—realizing that this goal may seem externally questionable, our united team did not regard this as impossible—nor do our 35 passionate and praying advocates.

Written by on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 11:35

As Bethany works diligently to assist families across the globe through our One Family sponsorship program, successes in China, Ethiopia, and Guatemala have encouraged us to expand programming in Ghana, South Africa, and Haiti.

Success stories

Written by on Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:04

As millions of vulnerable orphans around the world wait to know the love of a forever family, Bethany’s mission is to find them loving families. Though 70 years of experience fills us with confidence that we will serve and impact more lives of children and families each year­—our mission is at times daunting.  As we increase our areas of service, strengthen our programs and grow as an agency, we are encouraging our branch offices across the country to take a unique approach in creating awareness of Bethany’s life-changing services in their communities.

Written by Amylynn Warners on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:30

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.

Written by Amylynn Warners on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 17:04

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!

Written by Amylynn Warners on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:21

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.

Written by Amylynn Warners on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 19:46

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. 

Written by Amylynn Warners on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:40

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.

Written by Amylynn Warners on Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:08

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.”

Written by Amylynn Warners on Wed, 05/28/2014 - 09:08

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.

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