I remember the night before my son was born. Only I wasn't there. I was in a prayer room.
I remember because it was a powerfully sweet night; later, I would write down every moment in a journal. I was leading prayer while my friend, Daphne, sang behind me with only a few people in the room. Like all of our prayer sets, I was praying for life.
My eyes were shut tight as I prayed, and in my mind I saw a gas station with rain coming down. Only the rain wasn't rain. The rain was hearts. more >>
What would it look like to go all in loving children? For Kelsey and Randy Bohlender, it meant raising four biological kids … then adopting six children, including two sets of twins. Yet the Bohlender family is not content to stop there.
Last fall, they launched Zoe's House Adoption Agency in a suburb of Kansas City — founded specifically to "offer expectant mothers guidance for life, with the mission of extending love."
And only last month the entire family traveled across the country to Los Angeles, assisting behind-the-scenes as more than 60,000 people came together for the Azusa Now stadium prayer gathering. more >>
Today we're going to talk numbers. My friend Randy Bohlender, who oversees an adoption agency, says questions about the costs of adoption are some of the most common their team receives. Adoption is costly. There are many reasons for this that I will not get into — but the bottom line is, valuable things cost something.
When we speak about adoption, we are literally speaking about lives. Many times these are lives that either would not even have a chance at life if not for adoption; or lives who would be tossed about from home to home, never finding a permanent family.
Yes, it is going to be costly. Redemption is costly. more >>
A Florida pastor and his wife are in the process of adopting two homeless babies who were discovered by a ministry worker outside on a pile of trash bags wearing nothing but diapers.
With their own children aged 15, 13 and 8, Pastor Ronnie Stewart of Refuge Church in New Port Richey, Florida, and his wife, Krystal, thought they were finished raising toddlers and infants.
However, it became apparent last November that God had other plans. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that will determine whether or not an order of Catholic nuns and over 30 other religious nonprofits will have to comply with an Obamacare contraception mandate that the organizations claim will make them complicit in violating their religious beliefs.
At the forefront of Zubik v. Burwell is the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns who care for the elderly, which holds that it is in violation of the Catholic faith to abide by the Obamacare contraceptive mandate to supply abortion inducing drugs and birth control coverage in the insurance plans of their employees.
As fines upwards of $70 million could be levied on the Little Sisters for not complying with the mandate, the nation's highest court must address whether or not the contraceptive mandate violates the religious liberty of the organizations and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. more >>
The United States Supreme Court ruled that a lesbian parent who was not the birth mother of their children cannot be denied visitation rights and adoption.
In a decision rendered Monday morning, the highest court in the land reversed a decision from the Alabama Supreme Court granting the birth mother the right to bar her former partner from adopting or visiting their children.
At legal issue was the Alabama court's refusal to recognize a Georgia order allowing the non-birth mother to adopt the children. more >>