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The critical pro-life work of pregnancy resource centers

Pregnancy Care Centers are critical to the pro-life work in the United States, creating safe and loving environments for women facing unplanned pregnancies. Laura Messick is the executive director of Portico, a 35-year-old pregnancy resource center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Portico has been the recipient of two ultrasound machines placed by the ERLC’s Psalm 139 Project. Messick gives us an […]

Church’s adoption culture ‘sparked by Gospel,’ rooted in Scripture

LEXINGTON, Ky. (BP) – When members of Ashland Avenue Baptist Church realized more than 150 million children worldwide were without families, they responded to the biblical call to show Christ’s mercy to those in need. “Ashland’s adoption culture was sparked by the Gospel,” said Casey McCall, pastor of Ashland Avenue’s Oldham County campus. “It’s hard […]

FIRST-PERSON: Tips for planning a family devotional for the New Year

The New Year brings the opportunity to start fresh and create a plan for the months ahead. It gives us each a chance to look at our past year and see what worked, what didn’t, where God showed up, and what He spoke to us in our struggles, strengths, losses and victories.is

Newell: Church, government can help amid adoption decline

NASHVILLE (BP) – Caring for orphans and vulnerable children in the United States and around the world calls for multi-faceted ministry by followers of Jesus and helpful public policies amid the dramatic decline in adoptions by Americans, says a leading child-welfare advocate.

FIRST-PERSON: Biblically facing the ‘delicate’ role of grandparenting

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) – The title “grandparent” it is a very important yet delicate role. Each grandparent strives to love and spoil their grandchildren while also not crossing the line of their own children’s rules. 

SBC DIGEST: Kidd joins MBTS faculty; Ways churches can approach National Adoption Month

Historian Thomas S. Kidd joins Midwestern residential faculty; 4 ways the church can approach National Adoption Month.

North Carolina Baptists contribute $300K to ‘Every Child’ initiative

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) made a $300,000 contribution to the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH) to help launch the “Every Child” foster care and adoption ministry, an ambitious initiative between the two organizations focused on eradicating childhood homelessness in the state.

FIRST-PERSON: Following God’s heart for the world’s orphans

Pastor Raphael Kujjubi left everything he and his family knew to plant King Jesus Church in the midst of the predominantly Muslim slum of Busega, Uganda. Busega lacked a church committed to proclaiming the Gospel that also was showing Gospel-driven justice to the most vulnerable. Busega was known for children born blind and deaf who were treated as though their lives had no value – that they themselves had no value.

Boyce students serve as life coaches for foster children

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – The 10:18 Society, a student organization at Boyce College, partners with Orphan Care Alliance, a Kentucky-based ministry that equips Christians to care for vulnerable children and families, to provide life coaching for children in the foster care system. And because 10:18 Society members are volunteers, their ministry is invaluable.

Georgia church reflects God’s heart through ministry to widows, foster families

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (BP) – Christian school planters Tom and Patricia McClure had only served in Hungary nine months when an 18-wheeler slammed into the back of Tom’s van, breaking his neck and leaving him paralyzed from the shoulders down. He lived six months before dying.