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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.

Product Information

Retail: $14.99
Digital: $9.99
EAN: 9781596693999
ISBN: 1596693991
Item #: N144108
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Size:  6 x 9 Inches
Page Count: 192
Pack Qty: 36
Pub Date: March 2014



Scripture makes it abundantly clear that children are at the very center of God’s heart, and reaching out to the little ones of His kingdom is as profoundly Christian as it gets. Every child is designed to be nestled within a family, and it is unacceptable for any child to live as an orphan on this planet. Reaching out to orphans in their affliction (James 1:27) is a mandate for all of us. While not everyone may be in a position to adopt, we should honor those who can and rally around them to lift the burden, financially and emotionally, in support of this kind and loving act.
Dr. Wess Stafford, president emeritus, Compassion International and author of Too Small to Ignore and Just a Minute

“To engage the world at its most hurting is a venture of great complexity and cost. Doing so wisely and well demands thoughtfulness, continued refining of approach, and a compassion rooted deep in the love of God. KnowOrphans offers all of these with frankness, insight, and humility.
Jedd Medefind, president, Christian Alliance for Orphans and author of Becoming Home

Rick Morton lives out a gospel-centered passion for orphans and families. This book delivers that passion with practical steps for you and your church to minister to the little brothers and sisters of our Lord Jesus, orphans in your neighborhood and around the world. Read this book and give a copy to someone who needs to see the blessing of following Christ in ministering to children in distress.
Russell D. Moore, president, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention

“Two words stood out as I read through KnowOrphans: informative and inspiring. This is a book that addresses with beauty and balance the world of adoption. It is biblical and practical. It also is an honest book that addresses both the ups and downs of this important issue. Prepare to be blessed! Prepare to be challenged!
Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


About the Author

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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