AROUND THE WORLD WITH THE ARCHIBALD PROJECT: EPISODE 22 - Wellon Bridgers w/ Mwana Villages

When I first received Wellon Bridgers' email about documenting their adoption, I was skeptical. We were living in Uganda and were in the middle of seeing so many hard and real situations of unethical orphan care. So we straight up asked Wellon why the children she was adopting needed to be adopted and how could she ensure they were truly operating inside an ethical adoption.

Her answers blew us away. She shared about how they came to find Mwana Villages, the organization in the Republic of the Congo where their children lived and how only after a broken adoption in the Democratic Republic of the Congo did they come to learn that many children living in orphanages and up for adoption had birth families who loved and wanted their children. Her love and admiration for Mwana was not centered around her adoption but how Mwana cares passionately for vulnerable women and works to keep families together.

Since we traveled with the Bridgers to the Congo, which you can see their adoption journey in photos here and in video here, Wellon has gone to work, stateside, for Mwana, advocating for vulnerable women and children and working to ensure that families can stay together!

In our podcast today with Wellon we hear why caring for birth families is a must, how Mwana ensures that they are operating ethically (they turned down an offer from an adoption agency for $10,000 a kid!!!), and how Mwana is making a lasting difference in the Congo! 

To follow more of Mwana's journey, visit:

Mwana's Instagram: @mwanavillages
Mwana's Facebook: www.facebook.com/mwanavillages
Mwana's Website: 
http://mwanavillages.org
Listen to our first podcast with the Bridgers here: Episode 4 
Watch the Bridgers' Adoption Video here: Adoption Video
Watch Mwana's Video here: Mwana

 
 
 

Around the World with The Archibald Project: Episode 21 - Kayla + Jonny Craig

Today we are excited to introduce you to the Craig Family!

Our Episode 21 interview is full of wisdom and love. You'll hear adoptive parents, Kayla and Jonny Craig share about their desire to adopt, love their kids well, how they've grown from seeing their son persevere through pain and why they choose a life of faithfulness over comfort!

If you've ever thought about adoption and wondered if you could do it, we know this podcast is for you! The Craigs help us understand what it's like to adopt and parent a child with needs and share knowledge from a road made by walking.

To follow more of the Craig's journey, visit:

Kayla's Instagram: @kayla_craig
Kayla's Blog:  manysparrows.me
Jonny's website/podcast: 200churches.com
Jonny's Twitter: @200churches

AND you can purchase your own copy of Just Really Joseph, Kayla's book about international adoption and birth mom love at:
www.justreallyjoseph.com

 

 

Around the World with The Archibald Project: Episode 20 - Julia Blasdel

russia adoption story

Archibald Community, meet Julia! Julia was adopted as a one year old from Russia. From there, her family life was unhealthy and after a hard night and broken arm, Julia was removed from her home and placed into foster care and then a children's home. After feeling like she was in prison, Julia was placed in a new foster home where her foster dad's sister fell in love and asked if she could be her new mom. 

In episode 20 of Around the World with The Archibald Project, you will hear profound wisdom spoken from a 20 year old woman who has known deep pain and experienced the power of healing, redemptive love. 

If you, or anyone you know has ever considered adopting, have adopted, are adopted, then you don't want to miss the pearls of wisdom shared by Julia in this podcast! 

Above photos by Julia Blasdel! 

To keep up with Julia, follow her on Instagram:
@graepfruit

Around the World with The Archibald Project: Episode 19 - Michelle Conner

During our Episode 19 interview with Michelle Conner, we highlight the importance of caring for birth families!
Conner founded her organization, Grace Like Rain this past spring with the mission to:
                     Listen, invite, equip, support without judgement and encourage struggling families. 
We absolutely loved hearing Michelle's heart and passion for loving and serving others. If you've ever wanted to get involved with supporting the family unit, this is your avenue! Grace Like Rain is doing beautiful work! 

Enjoy our time with Michelle, and don't forget to share our powerful and educational podcast with your community, you never know who will be impacted by the wisdom shared! Thanks!

Around the World with The Archibald Project: Episode 18 - Kaley Eggers

Deciding to adopt or foster a vulnerable child is a really big deal. So many thoughts and questions and considerations go into such a major life decision. We meet many single adults who express the desire to foster or adopt but don't feel like they can as a single person. Well, today, in our episode 18, we introduce you to Kaley Eggers, a single foster/adoptive mama! Kaley shares so much wisdom on entering the foster system as a single woman in her 20's and we greatly encourage you all to share this podcast with anyone you know considering foster or adoption, especially as a single adult! 

Kaley's Website
Kaley's Instagram
Kaley's National Foster Care Post for T.A.P

 

Around the World with The Archibald Project: Episode 17 - Joe + Jessica Honegger

In today's podcast we introduce you to Jessica and Joe Honegger! Some of you might know Jessica as the founder of the incredibly successful fair-trade: Noonday Collection, but today we're taking you behind the scenes! Learn how Jessica and Joe met and fell in love, hear how they decided on international adoption and of course we talk about how Noonday was founded! The Honeggers also share some helpful advice about the adoption journey and share what was harder and what was easier in adoption than they might have anticipated. 

If you guys are interested in learning more about Noonday and how they are changing the world through ethical artisan programs in vulnerable communities, please head to their website here

Also, remember, we exist to end the orphan crisis but we can only do this together! Which means we would love to have you share our podcast with your friends and family so that other might be inspired to care for the orphan! 

Thanks guys! Now enjoy our time with the Honeggers! 

(Above photos by Jessica's Instagram, Scott Wade + Wynne Elder!)

Around the World with The Archibald Project: Episode 16 - Katie + Benji Majors

In today's interview we bring you Katie and Benji Majors. Katie is a New York Times Best Selling Author for her book Kisses From Katie. However, during our time with the Majors we take you beyond the book and bring you their perspective on getting married in Uganda, what it was like adopting 13 girls as a single twenty something, becoming a new husband and dad to 13 girls, running their organization, Amazima and some invaluable lessons they've learned along the way! 

Amazima Website
Amazima Facebook
Amazima Instagram
Katie's Twitter
Benji's Twitter

Around the World with The Archibald Project: Episode 15 - Randy Doleman

For the entire month of May, our orphan care nonprofit, The Archibald Project has been sharing real and raw stories of the U.S. foster care system with the hopes of educating and inspiring you to get involved in the lives of our country’s vulnerable children! So far we’ve brought you blog posts from foster parents, CASA volunteers, babysitters to foster families and podcast interviews with an adult adoptee, a foster care director, a foster care judge and now, to end the month, a foster care father! 

We’ve been sharing new stories every week day on our blog and have had such a wonderful response that we are going to continue the stories into June, so make sure you stick around! 

However, today, we bring you a very insightful conversation with a foster care father by the name of Randy Doleman, who started a nonprofit centered around building community for foster and adoptive families.

In our interview with Randy we hear what made him take the plunge into foster care, what advice he would give parents just entering the foster care, what advice he would give to a friend of a foster family, why he believes community is essential in orphan care and about his amazing nonprofit, The Orphan Care Network!

So sit back, relax and enjoy our time with Randy!