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The podcast and community for globally minded disciples seeking God's justice, mercy and shalom throughout the world.

Think Global, Do Justice Canopy International

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    • 5.0 • 75 Ratings

The podcast and community for globally minded disciples seeking God's justice, mercy and shalom throughout the world.

    Gaston Warner - This is Child Empowerment

    Gaston Warner - This is Child Empowerment

    We are joined today by global nonprofit leader Gaston Warner who is the Global North CEO of Zoe Empowers. Gaston talks with Brandon Stiver and Phil Darke about their work among vulnerable families, especially child and youth headed households. Over the years, our show has talked a lot about the need for kids to be raised in families and communities and in this episode we learn about a comprehensive model that emphasizes the children's agency to overcome poverty. We talk empowerment, data, promising practices and it's an episode our orphan care diehards don't want to miss.

    Podcast Sponsor

    Zoe Empowers is equipping orphaned children and youth-led families with solutions to overcome extreme poverty—for good.

    Visit Zoe Empowers Online
    Resources and Links from the show

    Data and Research from Zoe Empowers


    Conversation Notes

    Understanding the reality of child and youth headed households in the Global South The empowerment model started by a Rwandan practitioner - how it works and how it's applied across countries Intentionally limiting partnerships and what it looks like for both beneficiaries and donors Defining the buzzword "empowerment" within global development The importance of integrating child rights throughout programming

     
    Theme music by Kirk Osamayo. Free Music Archive, CC BY License

    • 56 min
    Alternate Economies and Climate Change (April 3+1)

    Alternate Economies and Climate Change (April 3+1)

    In this 3+1 episode, we're getting into recent news about ways that Russia is getting around economic sanctions to buoy their economy during their war of aggression as well a couple Asian countries where pollution and contamination is having widespread effects on people's health and wellbeing. We've got Amanda Erne joining us for the conversation. Amanda is on staff with World Concern, is an associate with Canopy International and has a wealth of understanding around climate and sustainable agriculture. We discuss if the term "climate change" is still of use in Christian circles or if it turns too many people off and then get into a documentary recommendation focusing on a Malawian farmer advocating for change.

    Podcast Sponsor

    Child Hope International reunites families in Haiti by providing pathways for children in orphanages to return home with the necessary support to thrive. If you need help transitioning your orphanage or are looking for an organization to support in Haiti, reach out to Child Hope International.

    Visit Child Hope International Online


    Conversation Notes

    8:45 Alternate economies that Russia is setting up to get around sanctions 21:00 Widespread contamination of drinking water in Bangladesh 29:45 Are we overpoliticizing terms like climate change and shutting off Christians to real stewardship issues? 35:13 A vicious cycle of pollution, cancer and economic collapse in Lebanon 48:00 The Ants and The Grasshopper documentary focuses on the story of a farmer and an advocate in Malawi
    Resources and Links from the show

    Al-Jazeera : Parallel Economy - How Russia is Defying the West's Boycott

    Mongabay : Beneath the surface, a toxic tide threatens Bangladesh’s water lifeline

    The Guardian : ‘Where can you hide from pollution?’: cancer rises 30% in Beirut as diesel generators poison city

    The Ants & The Grasshopper Documentary

     

    Theme music Kirk Osamayo. Free Music Archive, CC BY License

    • 54 min
    Dr. Karen Fancher - Blessed Are The Peacemakers

    Dr. Karen Fancher - Blessed Are The Peacemakers

    "We stand together at the foot of the cross and we will work for peace." Dr. Karen Fancher from Multnomah University joins the show today to walk us through the profoundly Christian field of peacebuilding. In her conversation with Brandon Stiver and Phil Darke, Dr. Fancher walks us through what it means to promote peace within the humanitarian space with direct application to situations in Palestine and Sudan as well as explores the biblical foundation for Christians to be actively engaged in bringing God's Kingdom of peace and justice.
    Podcast Sponsor

    Child Hope International reunites families in Haiti by providing pathways for children in orphanages to return home with the necessary support to thrive. If you need help transitioning your orphanage or are looking for an organization to support in Haiti, reach out to Child Hope International.

    Visit Child Hope International Online


    Resources and Links from the show

    Visit Multnomah University Online and the Graduate Peacebuilding Certificate Program

    Strategic Peacebuilding by Lisa Shirch

    Combatants for Peace Online


    Conversation Notes

    6:20 How God intertwines our work and our passion into a life story 11:05 “Reconciliation takes place when we step across difference” 16:00 Honoring those that have been traumatized and not making assumptions as outsiders when trying to understand conflict in other countries 19:20 Understanding the biblical concept of shalom 24:15 Peace as a central theme for Jesus and his followers 29:10 The primacy of being citizens of the Kingdom of God in contested times and situations. Should we be pro-Israel or pro-Palestine? 34:00 Common drivers of violence and conflict - disparity, feelings of powerlessness, trauma and redemptive violence 43:05 Considering the history of conflict in Sudan and the impact of war trauma on the populations 51:10 The difference between peacekeeping, peacemaking and peacebuilding in the humanitarian space 56:55 Proximity, skills and posture that promote peace 1:03:10 The role that foreign bodies, international entities and INGOs should and should not play in conflict resolution 1:09:00 Organizations and stories of peace: "We stand together at the foot of the cross and we will work for peace." 1:14:10 Learning from the prejudices and hurts in our own heart towards other people and seeking to better understand the Kingdom of God

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Eugene Cho - Advocating for the Hungry

    Eugene Cho - Advocating for the Hungry

    We are privileged to be joined today by a Christian leader that really embodies the ethic that we are all striving for as we pursue justice, mercy and shalom in the nations. We're grateful to have Eugene Cho join Brandon Stiver and Phil Darke on the show today talking with us about the work of Bread for the World and what it looks like to advocate for the poor and hungry both in the US and throughout the world. Eugene shares a pastoral word for those of us engaged in global justice work and offers his own reflections of how he remains grounded in Christ in the midst of busy lives of pursuing justice.
    Podcast Sponsor

    Zoe Empowers is equipping orphaned children and youth-led families with solutions to overcome extreme poverty—for good.

    Visit Zoe Empowers Online

    Resources and Links from the Show

    Overrated by Eugene Cho

    Thou Shalt Not Be A Jerk by Eugene Cho

    Visit Bread for the World Online
    Conversation Notes

    Conversation Notes

    5:20 - Finding your vocation through following the Holy Spirit and seeking first the Kingdom of God 9:30 - Living a Christian ethic and counteracting egoism, isolationism, scarcity and individualism 14:20 - "Right now, this is the worst global hunger crisis in the last fifty years" The gravity of worldwide hunger and where are we seeing the most acute hunger. 19:20 - The Five C's that drive hunger globally - COVID, Conflict, Climate Change, Cost, Corruption and how we respond with Compassion and Courage 28:30 - The difference between poverty and hunger within the US and poverty and hunger in the Global South 36:00 - What Eugene would do if he was a global dictator 41:35 - The importance of avoiding apathy and cynicism and embracing learning and praying when it comes to global issues. 52:15 - What is true advocacy and should Christians be involving themselves in politics 1:04:50 - Humanizing the struggle of families to make ends meet 1:09:20 - Staying grounded in the midst of undertaking really big global nonprofit work 1:15:55 - Reflecting on Overrated a decade later and pastoring the global nonprofit community

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Malaria, Haiti, Slavery and "Aid State" (March 3+1)

    Malaria, Haiti, Slavery and "Aid State" (March 3+1)

    In this 3+1 episode, we're talking the good (malaria vaccines), the bad (slavery) and a whole lot of Haiti. We've got Mac Archer back on the show to share with Brandon Stiver and Phil Darke what she's seeing on the ground in Haiti and what's getting missed in larger media outlets. We talk through the utility of violence by those running the country and look at some potentially similar dynamics in other countries. We also discuss forced labor in Asia, the rise of malaria vaccines in Africa and get a book recommendation for a book that just released in the last couple of months.

    Conversation Notes

    3:00 - Podcast shoutouts for community members that are reviewing, sharing and sponsoring the show 8:40 - A good news story! Vaccines in sub-Saharan Africa are leading to a decline in infant/child mortalities caused by Malaria 21:00 - Looking at the situation in Haiti from someone in the country and with an article by a Haitian leader. Are these really "gangs"? In what ways is it similar to other conflict areas? Is there accountability for foreign interference? 37:55 - The exploitation of North Korean enslaved laborers in China and the nature and challenges of reporting on issues within totalitarian nations 48:58 - Understanding the context of Haiti and other majority world countries through the economic and anthropological lens of Jake Johnston Resources and Links from the Show


    Al-Jazeera : Could new vaccines end Malaria in Africa?

    NACLA : Haiti as Empire's Laboratory

    BBC : North Koreans working in China 'exploited like slaves'

    Aid State: Elite Panic, Disaster Capitalism, and the Battle to Control Haiti by Jake Johnston
     
    Theme music Kirk Osamayo. Free Music Archive, CC BY License

    • 52 min
    Preston Sprinkle and Brandon Stiver - Rethinking Orphan Care

    Preston Sprinkle and Brandon Stiver - Rethinking Orphan Care

    Today, we're releasing our podcast collaboration with our friends at Theology in the Raw. Brandon had a chance to sit down with Preston Sprinkle and dive into all things global orphan care and discuss the realities of that children in orphanages face worldwide. Our conversation weaves between a theology of calling and mission and how American Christians intersect with orphans in the Global South. We discuss the reality of life within orphanages, why kids end up there and what risk factors and vulnerabilities arise when kids are raised in that environment. This is a good Ethical Orphan Care 101 type episode and we're grateful for the chance to collaborate with Theology in the Raw to raise awareness and education.

    For additional follow-up check out Brandon's four part orphan care blog series on Theology in the Raw. Here's the link.


    Resources and Links from the show

    When Helping Hurts by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett

    In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence by Phil Darke and Keith McFarland

    Check out our friends at Cherish Uganda

    Get help to transform your orphanage with Canopy International

    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

LuehmerZoomer ,

Astute analysis of global development

As someone working in the realm of caring for orphaned and vulnerable children, this podcast has been a godsend. As the show has moved into discussing global development more broadly, the content has been no less engaging and insightful. If you enjoy learning about real issues facing global development through a Christian lens and don’t want to be bogged down with pat, political profferings, you have come to the right place. Keep up the great work team!

CamJamOut ,

A Primer and a Companion

This podcast helped me understand the OVC sector as I started moving into it. I was introduced to the multifaceted nature of the struggles and successes facing individuals and organizations in helpful ways.
As I’ve continued in the sector, I regularly return to the podcast to hear what other’s are doing in their programs and how they are navigating complexity.
The podcast is a great primer and a terrific companion for anyone who wants to learn how to elevate the way the world cares for orphans and vulnerable children.

Kaitlin Riffel ,

Definitely Worth a Listen!!

The Think Orphan Podcast is incredibly informative, conversational and thoughtful in the way they approached tough subjects. There was a wide variety of topics talked about by people who are well informed and have done a lot of work with orphans and vulnerable children. This is a great resource to learn more about organizations who are working to alleviate this problem and who will give helpful opinions and resources on how we can take tangible steps to help with this issue! Definitely is a humbling podcast and makes me recognize that the world is far bigger than just me :) thankful for this resource!

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