As Dr. Purvis sees it, “the Church is absolutely central to God’s heart for these children! Because so many of them have been wounded by abuse, neglect and trauma, it is critical that our families be in supportive, loving environments that can nurture and encourage them throughout the course of their journey. I am firmly convinced that our churches are the place where this can best happen, but they must be willing to learn and embrace what it means to become this kind of safe and healing place for our families.”

To help churches support and equip families with children from hard places Dr. Purvis has teamed up with Michael and Amy Moore, a couple with four adopted children, to develop a resource entitled “Empowered to Connect.” This website offers valuable content including Created to Connect: A Christian’s Guide to the Connected Child, a 76-page study guide that provides biblical support for the guiding principles in The Connected Child.  If you have or know of families with children from hard places, be sure to let them know about this free resource.   You can help others become aware of this ministry by liking it on Facebook or posting it on your blog, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. 

Dr. Karyn Purvis is an outstanding example of a Christian who is a blessing to families that struggle with children from hard places.  In a very real way Dr. Purvis is helping rescue the cultures of these homes.  What’s God calling you to do?  Read Ephesians 2:10 and pray that God would clearly show you the good work he has prepared in advance for you.  What’s one action you can take this week to begin rescuing the cultures you are in? 

Michael Lee Stallard speaks and teaches seminars on leadership, productivity and innovation at churches, businesses, schools and government organizations.  He is president of E Pluribus Partners and the primary author of Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team’s Passion, Creativity and Productivity (Thomas Nelson). 

Publication date: September 25, 2012