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Introducing T4A’s Guest Bloggers

by Dan Cruver Published Jul 22, 2010

Beginning Monday, July 26th through Friday, August 6th, we have an amazing team of guest bloggers who will keep the T4A blog busy while I’m thoroughly enjoying a vacation with my family. So, I’d like to introduce them today and thank them in advance for providing some great content on orphan care and adoption. All of them are leaders within the evangelical adoption community. I’m grateful to God for each of them.

I’ll begin with two of my friends from Hope for Orphans, our partner for our upcoming national conference in Austin, TX. The rest of our guest bloggers (who are also participating at the conference) will be listed in alphabetical order.

Paul Pennington:
Paul is the co-founder and executive director of Hope for Orphans, a ministry of FamilyLife that equips local churches to build orphan care ministries and address the global orphan crisis. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Paul has led adoption and orphans ministry workshops across the United States and is a national speaker on adoption and orphan ministry issues. In addition to his role at Hope for Orphans, Paul serves on the Board of Directors for the Christian Alliance for Orphans.

Jason Weber:
Jason and his wife, Trisha, are graduates in social work from the University of Kansas. Jason joined the staff of Hope for Orphans in 2004 as content manager. He is the co-author of two books, Considering Adoption: A Biblical Perspective and Launching an Orphans Ministry in Your Church (which he wrote with Paul Pennington). I had the wonderful opportunity of team-teaching with Jason this past April on a trip to Haiti with the Haiti Orphan Relief Team.

Randy Bohlender:
Randy is a prayer missionary with the International House of Prayer and the co-founder of the Zoe Foundation, a ministry that exists to further the cause of adoption as a positive alternative to abortion in America. He and his wife, Kelsey, live in Kansas City, Missouri along with their seven children. At our upcoming conference Randy and Kelsey are doing a breakout session entitled “Night and Day Prayer for Justice.” Randy regularly blogs on ministry, family and adoption issues at randybohlender.com.

Johnny Carr:
Johnny is the National Director of Church Partnerships at Bethany Christian Services. Johnny is a regular conference speaker and an orphan advocate in churches all across the U.S. He and his wife have visited orphanages and have also helped bring attention to a deaf school in central China that was in dire need of aid. Today the school is doing very well and all of its teachers and their families are believers in Christ. Johnny’s breakout session at our national conference is “Encouragement to Keep-On-Keeping-On.”

Paul Golden:
Paul is the Director of Admissions at Baptist Bible Seminary of Clarks Summit (PA) and the author of a very popular article entitled Look after orphans: Twenty ways to become an adoption-friendly church. His breakout session at our conference will be an expansion of his popular article. I’ve had the privilege of knowing Paul for over 20 years.

Ted Kluck:
Ted is the author of several books, on topics ranging from Mike Tyson to the Emergent Church. Both Why We’re Not Emergent and Why We Love the Church (with Kevin DeYoung) won Christianity Today Book of the Year awards, and Paper Tiger: One Athlete’s Journey to the Underbelly of Pro Football won a Michigan Notable Book award in 2008. His work has also appeared in ESPN the Magazine and Christianity Today. Ted’s most recent book is Hello, I love You: Adventures in Adoptive Fatherhood.

Matt and Julie Kouri:
Matt and Julie lead Bridges of Grace, the orphan care and adoption ministry of Grace Covenant Church of Austin, TX. They also co-direct the excellent annual A Future & A Hope Adoption Conference. Matt is also the executive director of Greenlights for NonProfit Success where he leads the organization’s efforts to strengthen Central Texas through extraordinary nonprofit performance, consults directly with a number of nonprofits, and develops leading-edge research and best practices in nonprofit management.

Troy Livesay:
Troy and his wife, Tara, are country directors in Haiti for World Wide Village, a Minnesota-based charitable organization whose mission is to transform impoverished communities mainly by providing Christian education, health care, nutrition and micro enterprise opportunities to children and families. World Wide Village’s current geographical focus is in Haiti. CNN did a wonderful article on the Livesays two days after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. They are currently living in Texas as they prepare to return to Haiti.

Jedd Medefind:
Jedd serves as President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans, a ministry committed to uniting orphan-serving organizations with churches to ignite passion and build excellence for orphan care, foster youth and adoption ministry. He has authored two books and numerous articles. Prior to his current role, Jedd served in the White House leading the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He and his wife, Rachel, have four children, one of whom was adopted. Jedd blogs regularly at Orphans’ Matchbox. I’m very grateful for his leadership in the orphan care movement.

Brian Morgan:
Brian is a Together for Adoption intern at The Austin Stone Community Church and serves as the Conference Coordinator for our national conference. Brian is doing an amazing job!


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