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.
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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.
Each year, the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) hosts a Summit to “inspire and equip Christians to care for orphans with wisdom-guided love.”1 In my role as Bethany Christian Services’ president and CEO, I’m privileged to attend this powerful event each year that brings thousands of Christians from across the globe who are all dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.
The Faith To Action Initiative is a coming together of like-minded organizations to raise awareness of best practices in orphan care around the world. The goal is to move the church from simply supporting orphanages to providing community-based care for those affected by extreme poverty. Their work—founded on research, Scripture, and biblical principles—is motivated by the fact that many children are living in orphanages not because they have lost their families but because their families cannot care for them.
Quite possibly the most notable day in February is Valentine’s Day. Those in Pennsylvania may disagree, but before Punxsutawney Phil breaks through his burrow at Gobbler’s Knob to predict spring’s arrival, mounds of candy magically appear in stores and jewelry and greeting card commercials bombard us with warm fuzzy feelings—and the proclamation of love.