The ThinkOrphan Podcast

The Think Orphan podcast is hosted by Kelly Stewart, Social Worker and adoptive mom, and Philip Darke, President of Providence World and co-author of In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence. Each week, they discuss the difficult issues and hot topics involved in the global orphan crisis with leading voices from around the world, such as Jedd Medefind, Rick Morton, and Peter Greer. From poverty alleviation and family strengthening, to best practices in caring for orphaned and abandoned children, to human trafficking and mentoring, Phil and Kelly will work with you to navigate the issues that affect millions of children and families all over the world
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Now displaying: June, 2016
Jun 28, 2016

In this Episode, Ashlie Bryant, Co-Founder and President of 3 Stands Global, joins Phil and Kelly to discuss issues surrounding human trafficking, prevention and educational initiatives. For Full show notes, please visit

Jun 21, 2016

In this episode, we hear from John Sowers, President of The Mentoring Project, as well as an author and speaker. We talk about the effects of fatherlessness on our society and the influence of mentoring on the lives of children.  He is a powerful advocate for the fatherless and redeeming their story through mentoring.

In this week’s episode, you will discover:

  • The need for showing up in the lives of children
  • The impact of fatherlessness
  • The power of a mentor
  • The idea of carrying your weight
  • The role of discipling and leading men to end the orphan crisis
  • The hiddenness of the fatherless
  • The Impact of women on fatherlessness
  • Core values in mentoring

For full show notes, please visit

Jun 14, 2016

In this episode, we hear from Rick Morton, an author and Vice President of Engagement at Lifeline Christian Services. Rick shepherds the ministry’s outreach to individual, church, and organizational ministry partners as well as the ministry’s commitment to publishing resources that aid families and churches in discipling orphans and vulnerable children.  We talk through the theology of adoption and the role of the church in orphan care around the world.

In this week’s episode, you will discover:

  • Discipleship in orphan care
  • The struggles foster and adoptive parents face and how the church needs to respond
  • The theology of caring for the orphan
  • Collaboration as a reflection of the Body of Christ
  • How to mobilize the church to face the orphan crisis

For full show notes, please visit

Jun 7, 2016

In today’s episode, we get to hear from Mick Pease, the founder of Substitute Families for Abandoned Children (, which is based in Leeds, England, and works worldwide promoting de-institutionalization and assisting in family based initiatives.

In this episode you will learn about:  

  • The difference between orphaned and abandoned children
  • Family based care versus institutional care
  • Managing donor resources
  • Community resourcing to prevent orphans
  • The generational mindset towards abandoned children

For full show notes, please visit