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Needs being met, one at a time. Families being helped, one at a time.

Foster care can be messy.
It’s a known attribute.  This is not a grand revelation.  Social workers and volunteers alike cite the frustrations of the system.  This is not grandstanding about bureaucracy: this is the result of family collapse.
This messiness, […]

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Thanksgiving: A History

The “first” Thanksgiving took place in November 1621 between the Pilgrims at Plymouth and their Native American allies. The peaceful relationship between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims was possible through the presence of English-speaking Native Americans (including Squanto, […]

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On the Grid: Tier 1 – Transition

Graduation.
In American culture, it is one of the few universally esteemed milestones of accomplishment and maturation. For many, it is representative of more than past efforts: it is a symbol of the road ahead, a springboard into the future. […]

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Oklahoma Awesomesauce

In its most recent quarterly revision, the Oxford dictionary recognized a new word: awesomesauce.
This is a real thing. Awesomesauce is officially a word. Some will deplore the seemingly rapid descent of intellect: others will celebrate the funny banter of […]

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Zest in 'Zona

Two weeks ago, we enthusiastically announced that Stephens County became the first active county in Oklahoma. Interest in the CarePortal continues to grow, and Pima County in Arizona has formally initiated a pilot program between area churches and the […]

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On The Grid: Tier 1 – Adoption

Frankly, love for the orphan saved my life.
It was a sobering day in December 1925 when my grandma became a double orphan.  Seven years earlier, her father had passed away because of pneumonia, and diphtheria had now claimed the […]

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Story Tellers

There is a story being written about your church.  It won’t appear in the local newspaper or newscast, allowing for broad consumption; yet, this story will be implicitly carried in the hearts of those across the community.  That story […]

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On The Grid: Tier 1 – Foster Care

Perhaps the biggest misconception about the foster care system: I have to be a foster parent to engage in the child welfare system.
This misconception has emerged because of the lack of awareness: there are simply ineffective means to communicate […]

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How Creative Can You Get?

Have you heard the story of The Crayon Initiative?
It’s a beautiful tale, emerging from a willingness to ask a question and then to follow the response to the very end. It was founded by a father who asked a […]

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Running to Gunfire

A good friend of our ministry recently completed police academy training. He told me police are taught to run towards gunfire. They go where the trouble is, step into the fight, and protect the innocent. It’s not safe, but […]

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