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Three years ago we launched Fields of Grace — An Orphan and Adoption ministry to help the church understand God’s call to care for the fatherless and give them real, practical opportunities to live that out in Austin and around the world.

In that time, we’ve traveled the world, including seven times to serve the children of Monterrey, Mexico, and one time to East Asia to love on the children living in an orphanage there.

We’ve also hosted the Heart Gallery during National Adoption month and have hosted three Austin-wide adoption seminars working closely with our friends at Grace Covenant Church, Matt and Julie Kouri and their ministry, Bridges of Grace. Over the years we’ve made new friends with couples from Austin Stone, First Evangelical Free Church of Austin and many other churches.

We’ve built relationships with local foster care and adoption agencies to care for those in our community who are in the foster care system to train the members of Hill Country Bible Church to be licensed foster care families. We’ve also just launched our first post-adoption support group that will meet once a month and address the unique issues adoptive families face.

Our ministry has grown within the Hill Country Association of Churches as well. Alan and Dawn Rust of Hill Country Bible Church Pflugerville and Mick and Tracey Hooper of Hill Country Bible Church Northpoint have also launched orphan and adoption care ministries. It’s exciting to see the leadership of these churches make caring for the fatherless a core element of how they reach Austin with the life-changing reality of Jesus Christ. We’re now meeting on a regular basis to share best practices and learn from each other.

We recently traveled to Dallas with both couples to attend the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit held at Irving Bible Church and its Tapestry Ministry. We learned a lot of new things, had some great fellowship and came back re-charged to bring the message of the gospel for orphans to our churches.

It is from that conference that we finally made the decision to launch this blog. You see, to this date, I’ve been blogging about many of the things that we’ve been doing on my personal blog. So it wasn’t difficult to migrate that content here but now will include all sorts of content related to our ministry. But this blog isn’t about me or my wife, Anita. You’ll here from us but you’ll also hear from other Fields of Grace leaders including John and Rhonda Steczkowski, Lee and Heather Ballard and others.

We’ll blog from our Global Outreach trips (we actually have a group leaving this Friday, June 26, to work with Back2Back Ministries in Monterrey and you’ll be reading about that trip from Lee and Heather Ballard with first-hand obervations of how God is using us to be His hands and feet there.) In fact, Lee and team were introduced and prayed for today at church. Lee talked about how each of us is called to live out James 1:27 and what that looks like in Monterrey as we work with local children’s home and the local churches there.

We’ll also be writing about happenings within Hill Country Bible Church and how you can get plugged in with other families that have been touched by adoption. We’re on the verge of launching our Adoption Financial Assistance program soon and we’ll tell you that about that program here.

So, thank you for coming to visit us and how God is at work to care for the fatherless. As Dennis Rainey said during the Summit V conference in Dallas, “Aslan is on move. God is at work caring for the fatherless.” We are privileged to be called by God to be part of the work he’s doing to be a Father to the fatherless in Austin and around the world.

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