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A Family Changes Everything

Jan 21, 2016

Benti and his wife, Adanech, had been married 14 years when they learned that Benti’s 5-year-old niece, Bethlehem, needed a home. Unable to have biological children, they had prayed many years for a child. They were thrilled to become parents for the first time. Shortly after Bethlehem joined …

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Friends... and Family

Dec 15, 2015

Little Mekdi smiled at everyone in her Ethiopian orphanage. Bed-ridden due to severe cerebral palsy, Mekdi suffered from extreme malnutrition, yet she was full of warmth and joy. Eden, an older girl in the orphanage, often stopped by to care for her and spend time with her. Together, the girls …

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6 Ways You can Help End the Orphan Crisis

Nov 17, 2015

Every year, children around the world are exposed to poverty, disease, war, and violence, and approximately 144 million are considered orphans. Many have only known life in an orphanage with a series of caregivers. While orphanages can provide emergency food and shelter, they cannot provide the …

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Every Child Podcast with Kendall Coffman

Sep 08, 2015

“A national pastor from Zimbabwe came to our church and spoke about difficulties in his country, including the plight of orphans there. He said, ‘In my country, children are taking care of children.’ That resonated with my wife and me, and we sat there with heavy hearts. What do we do with this …

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Every Child Podcast with Desirée White

Sep 01, 2015

Desirée White was 17 when God put adoption on her heart. Then, five years ago—“on a normal Sunday morning in church”—she sensed God speaking to her again. “It was a very clear word from the Lord that the time to adopt was now,” she said. “The picture I had was a child with Down syndrome.” When …

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Family-Based Care Keeps Families Together

Aug 12, 2015

by Bill Blacquiere, President and CEO The latest UNICEF statistics show there are more than 144 million orphans worldwide. The majority of these children do have a parent. Bethany Christian Services works to strengthen families to ensure that children remain with their families. Finding permanent …

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Asking Good Questions

Feb 18, 2015

Something clicked for Patty when she began reading Helen Lee’s The Missional Mom. The book inspired Patty to live a life of action that would model to her daughters what it means to put God first. Then she read Jen Hatmaker’s book 7: An Experimental Mutiny against Excess. Patty was inspired to …

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The Most Fundamental Need of a Child: Family

Jan 07, 2015

How One Church Has Responded to the Global Orphan Crisis Today’s guest post is contributed by Natalie Lederhouse. It was a cold and rainy night when I arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa, after a 15-hour flight from Atlanta. I had joined Bethany Christian Services to get a global snapshot of …

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In Support of the Family—Around the World

Sep 03, 2014

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 In China in 2008, Bethany started a government- …

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