Know Orphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology - eBook  -     By: Rick Morton
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New Hope Publishers / 2014 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: New Hope Publishers
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781596698970
ISBN-13: 9781596698970

Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

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.

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  1. Chicago, IL
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    The Church's Call to Care for the Vulnerable
    April 20, 2014
    Anonymous
    Chicago, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
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    In KnowOrphans, we find an impassioned, well articulated, and compelling invitation to the global Church to lead the growing response to orphan-care. Author Rick Morton walks the reader through a systematic approach to engaging in orphan-care. The first step is understanding individual commitment in the orphan-care movement and the collective power of the Church to impact millions of children around the world. Morton offers many helpful avenues to educate self and others regarding the complexities involved in the orphan-care movement, emphasizing practical ways to cultivate a deeper understanding of the Biblical mandate to care for the vulnerable (i.e., orphans, widows, sojourners). What I found particularly helpful is Morton's firsthand insights into the process of navigating international (transnational) adoption and preparing for the social/emotional transitions that often occur in adoption-blended families.

    Some may be quick to dismiss KnowOrphans and the topic of orphan-care to "those who want to_" (adopt, sponsor a child, etc.). If you fall in that camp I say you are missing the point. KnowOrphans is as much about orphan-care education as it is about actual engagement. The challenge presented to join the orphan-care movement is presented to EVERY reader—but especially to those who follow the Christian faith. While the author clearly affirms that not everyone is called to adopt, the thread of orphan-care theology is woven beautifully throughout this narrative emphasizing the Church's direct responsibility care for the poor and vulnerable.

    Morton dispels the myth that adoption is the only response to orphan-care, pointing to many paths to engage and address the issue in practical ways that directly impact and improve the quality of life and opportunities for vulnerable children. One of those ways is through sponsorships. While my husband and I are not in a place (yet) to pursue adoption, we sponsor several children around the world through the following relief agencies: World Vision, The SOLD Project, Invisible Children, and Compassion International. Through a monthly commitment, we know our financial partnership provides many vulnerable children access to education, shelter, nutrition, medication, family support, and protection from human trafficking.

    (I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.)
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Practical Guide for Orphan Care
    April 17, 2014
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    Know Orphans is a great follow up to Orphanology, a collaboration between Tony Merida and Rick Morton. Where Orphanology gives readers the "theology" behind orphan care, Know Orphans gives practical steps that individuals and churches can take to put this theology into action.

    This book is both informative and a great encouragement to do something. Rick shares from his personal experiences, which adds a great personal touch to the book. I also appreciated that he goes beyond simply talking about adoption, which is what most people think of when they think of orphan care. I also appreciated the emphasis on the church's role in leading this movement.

    Know Orphans is highly recommended to anyone seeking to follow God's commands for taking care of the least of these. [4 stars]

    I received a free copy of this book from New Hope Publishers through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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