Alina leads the Christian Alliance for Orphans in the country of Moldova. When war broke out in Ukraine, she and her large family sprung into response, serving hundreds of women and children refugees who poured over the border from Ukraine into neighboring Moldova.
All I ever wanted in life was to be a mother. I thought it would bring me a life full of sweetness.
When I was told as young woman that I would never bear children, I had no idea that God had a plan to give them to me through marriage, infertility treatment, adoption, and foster care.
Jodi interviews a leading expert on Foster Care, Elizabeth Occipinti, founder of Miriam's Heart. Find out:
How did the pandemic change the foster care system?
What is the common sense gap in our laws?
How is this impacting kids and families now.
The leader of the Second Mother movement in Moldova is an extraordinary woman named Alina. She is the second mother of twenty-one teens, she also leads the largest coalition in Moldova that serves vulnerable children.
This year, since our family was gathering for two December graduations, we had our Christmas celebrations early. All of the cooking and wrapping and games and gift-giving were over by mid-December. And the strangest thing came upon me one day...
My husband gave me an early Christmas present -- one of those digital frames that scrolls through my photos. As I watch the images silently rotate, they speak volumes. I see the story I’ve been telling. This story is full of travel and family gatherings and a lot of cooking!
Second Mother gatherings were held across five cities in two nations and we are full of joy. God is doing amazing things in this community, and we share a common journey with so many women the world over.
Through your generosity, each woman received a Purple Scarf to symbolize that she is Royal in the eyes of God!
I have to be honest...this newsletter was supposed to go out some time ago, but I couldn’t write it because I was just too mad. I’m just mad about the state of our foster care system and what is happening to children in our country.
Renew Retreat was an idea born out of the trials of the last year for foster and adoptive parents. Could we hold a gathering to renew our souls? Could we pull this off in the middle of a pandemic? Would anyone come? Will it minister in the way we hope?
I never understood what it meant to be a foster parent until I became one. It’s more than just being a safe place for a child; it’s parents who are broken, children suffering, and families shattering before your very eyes. It’s a dark and desperate world.
Most girls look forward to the big day when their first monthly "period" arrives, and they can embrace the onset of womanhood. But for girls in poverty, this day is full of shame, dread and even disease. Young women in developing nations don't have access to sanitary products, and this leads to poor hygiene and a host of other serious challenges.
What can you do to stop abortion? Join Jodi Jackson Tucker and Theresa Marcroft as they discuss the various ways Christians can come along side women considering adoption and support them to a different option.