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Litfuse Publicity: KnowOrphans: Moblilizing the Church for Global Orphanology by Rick Morton #grow4christ

on April 7, 2014

About the Book:

The global orphan crisis is complex. The church’s response should be comprehensive, but is it? In this provocative follow-up to Orphanology, author Rick Morton provides the framework for families and churches to have a gospel-centered response to the growing global issue of orphan care.

KnowOrphans addresses three distinct areas associated with global orphanology. Delving deeper into the criticisms of the movement, the need for reform, and what families can expect, author Rick Morton helps shape realistic perceptions of the challenges and rewards adoptive parents face in transnational adoptions. Through illuminating the work internationally adoptive families can expect, KnowOrphans offers solutions for the church in remedying the ills and deficiencies surrounding the church’s role in equipping and supporting families before, during, and after the adoption process. Knowing that the church’s response and attitude should be one that goes beyond adoption, KnowOrphans also addresses the complexities of how Christians are to respond ethically, compassionately, and comprehensively to the biblical call to care for orphans.

KnowOrphans is the next step in conversation as this evangelically based movement of orphan care matures and begins to live out James 1:27 globally.


You can purchase the book at New Hope Digital.


About the Author:

Rick Morton is the father of three transnational adopted children and coauthor of the popular book Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care. His dedication to the plight of orphans extends beyond his own family. The Mortons were cofounders of Promise 139, an international orphan-hosting ministry based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. An inspiring speaker for the gospel to be expressed by the church living out God’s heart for the fatherless, Rick presents at adoption and orphan-care conferences and pastor’s conferences. Rick and his family live in the Greater Memphis area.

You can learn more about Rick by visiting his website.


My Opinion:


I’ve had a heart to adopt but the cost is staggering and while I know that shouldn’t be a determining factor for not adopting it also can’t be ignored.  KnowOrphans is written regarding adoptions that take place outside of the United States – and while I very much know the need to adopt orphans from other countries I also know there is a very real need right now for children in the United States to also find loving homes.  While I would love to adopt from China (that is where my heart is pulled) I’d also love to adopt from the United States (and it’s often less expensive and doesn’t include having to stay in a foreign country).  This book gives a lot of good ideas for families who are desiring to adopt overseas as well as some of what you’ll encounter, such as residency laws – some as short as a couple of weeks to some requiring a month or two (what I don’t get is how some families can have the bread winner take that much time off work? but I digress) and even ideas for fundraising to offset the staggering cost.


Of course the book isn’t just about adopting and how to adopt but it’s about opening the eyes of Christians to the plight of orphans.  A fact I didn’t realize is that not every child in an orphanage is adoptable – some aren’t due to issues like health or behavorial but some just aren’t up for adoption – like those whose families voluntarily commit them until they can once again care for them.  The author tells a story of his family where his dad was voluntarily committed – of course that is unthinkable today and if you did do that it’s likely you’d never see your child again or regain custody.  In some countries and even in the United States in the past it was acceptable and a way to give your child food, clothing and shelter that otherwise you may not be able to provide.  I had no idea that when UNICEF states such a large number of orphans that likely those children are not all really orphans (some may have lost only one parent and UNICEF counts them as an orphan) nor are they all eligible to be adopted.


When Christ tells us to care for the least of these that includes the widows and the orphans and it’s a very real problem, when natural disasters seem to be striking more often, when civil wars are killing people in other countries and of course the AIDS epidemic in places like Africa.  I had no idea either that until recently children with AIDS were not allowed to be adopted by US residents – so most of those who have the disease and have lost all relatives were forced to languish in orphanages until they too, died – but now they can be adopted and given a home and health care in the States.  As I said I believe we do need to care for our own here at home first but we also need to be aware of the plight of those overseas – and of course the author recognizes not everyone can or should adopt but there are still ways they can help in ‘mobilizing’ the church to care for the orphans.



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