Bucking the trend of states that have caved on religious liberty due to fear of reprisals from gay activists, Michigan passed a law Thursday offering protections to religious adoption agencies from being forced to place children in the homes of same-sex couples.
The law had broad support in the Republican controlled legislature and was signed on Thursday by Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican.
Snyder has voiced opposition to a broader religious liberty bill statewide that mirrors the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by former President Bill Clinton. RFRA protections, once non-controversial and bipartisan now face the ire of gay activists. more >>
Those of us who care deeply about human needs often speak as if the one issue we're most passionate about stands alone: hunger, AIDS, poverty, governance, trafficking. We have fallen into that trap at times, too. But here's a vital truth we can't ignore: just beneath the surface, pressing human needs are intertwined. So any aid or development effort that fails to reflect this truth will most always fall flat.
Let's make this personal. Jedd Medefind leads the Christian Alliance for Orphans, working to see orphaned and vulnerable children well cared for around the globe, and Jenny Dyer directs the Faith-Based Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide and Senator Bill Frist, MD's Hope Through Healing Hands, which seeks to empower women in the developing world to better time and space their pregnancies.
Many would see these as widely differing undertakings. That couldn't be further from the truth. more >>
This Australian woman, Pam Ahern, seeks to provide a safe and humane space for humans and animals alike. In this video she becomes good friends with a piglet who plays with her non-stop. But, on the other side of the wall, a dog is a little upset he isn't getting attention and being pet as well, and it is adorable!
When these people aren't helping animals rehabilitate, feel loved and hopefully one day get adopted, they're taking adorable videos playing and cuddling with them. In this video we see Poppy, a rescued piglet, finally somewhere he can run and play freely. While Pam and Poppy are playing in the pen, there is someone outside who is getting a little anxious.
A sheepdog named Ruby is hopping up in joy, wanting to have someone play and cuddle with. When you see Ruby jump up and down you will have no choice but to laugh and say "awww!" more >>
Mark and Maureen trusted in God for each step they took in their long and emotional journey of adoption. Waiting two years before they got the call that a baby was ready for them.
God answered their prayers of delivering a baby girl, and even when things got rough everything got better in time. After being told they would have a baby girl, they got to the hospital and found that things had not been working as well as they imagined. This couple would not leave the hospital and would not stop praying. God helped them through all of the struggles and mentored them through the good and bad times.
One text had changed their world, and just when they though their dreams were crashing down God did something amazing. Everyone can use their story to show that anything is possible and God works in mysterious ways. more >>
A 15-year-old orphan boy who captured the hearts of thousands across the world in 2013 after he desperately begged a Florida congregation to adopt him has finally found a home. And it's with, Connie Going, the caseworker who had been trying to find him a home since he was 7.
Worried about never finding a home before aging out of the system, the teenager asked Going to take him to the St. Mark Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 2013 where he made the heartbreaking plea that bent the world's ear.
"My name is Davion and I've been in foster care since I was born ... I know God hasn't given up on me. So I'm not giving up either," said Davion, who was born while his drug-addicted mother was in jail. She died there in 2012. more >>
Jessa Duggar revealed that she and husband Ben Seewald are ready to start their family, even if it means not necessarily adopting right away.
The couple recently spoke about wanting to adopt, but that will take at least two years due to rules that explicitly state potential adoptive parents must be married for two years before beginning the process. Yet that is not stopping Jessa and Ben from fulfilling the dream they've had since before getting married in Nov.
"We hope to adopt a lot of kids," Jessa told People in Feb. "If God blesses us with biological kids of our own, it's not going to quench our desire to adopt. Even before we married, we wanted to adopt." more >>