Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit family preservation and child welfare organization caring for orphans and vulnerable children on five continents. Bethany is recognized as a prominent leader in social services worldwide. Founded in 1944, our mission calls us to demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting and enhancing the lives of children and families around the world.
Bethany Christian Service is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Bethany is about kids in families. We serve children of all ages as we strive toward a world where every child has a loving family. Our services include family support and preservation, adoption, foster care, pregnancy counseling, training, refugee services, sponsorship, and infertility ministry. We are called to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ to vulnerable children and families around the world
Starr Allen-Pettway, Branch Director
Who We Are
Michindoh Conference Center is a Christian camp and conference center with three main areas of service: a Christ centered and fully programmed youth and adult camp, an Outdoor Education School, and Guest Services to support the camp and retreat needs of church, para-church, school, and other organizations.
Michindoh offers a wide range of programs for the whole family; programs include summer and winter youth and teen camps, youth leadership retreats, marriage enrichment retreats, family retreats, and Road Scholar programs for adult seniors.
If the desire is to run your own program, we have everything you need to develop an exciting and life-changing youth program, sports camp, adult retreat, or formal conference. With a capacity of over 750, Michindoh can serve a variety of group sizes, structures, and needs.
Throughout 250 beautiful acres of rolling hills, wet lands, and a private spring fed lake, Michindoh offers numerous recreational activities to entertain, develop, and challenge guests of all ages. Full buffet-dining services are an exceptional aspect of the Michindoh experience.
After one hundred years representing the MICHigan, INDiana, and OHio conference of the United Brethren in Christ denomination, Michindoh joined Spring Arbor University in 2009! We are thankful for the opportunity to continue serving the extended area’s retreat, camp, and conference needs through the unique service of Christian hospitality
Kris Healy, Director of Guest Relations
Safe Families for Children is a volunteer-driven movement that relies upon host families, and a network of support, to open their arms, their hearts, and their homes to host vulnerable children.
The Safe Families experience starts at church, where families are invited to not only change the lives of a fellow family for better, but to enrich their own lives by practicing biblical hospitality. By hosting these vulnerable children, along with support from the church, this extended family environment helps keep children safe and keeps families intact.
Instead of waiting for bad things to happen to children, we can step in to help. By design, child welfare systems are designed to react AFTER something bad happens to a child. Such interventions can be necessary in cases of abuse and neglect, but we can help BEFORE bad things occur.
There are many ways to get involved with the Safe Families for Children movement. Find your calling in one of the roles listed below.
Be a Host Family: If you are looking for a truly rewarding experience, consider becoming a Safe Families for Children Host Family. You will make a lasting impression on a child in need and possibly change the trajectory of a family. Learn more
Be a Family Friend: Safe Families Family Friends encourage and strengthen families in crisis by performing small tasks. Learn more
Be a Family Coach: Volunteer Family Coaches plays a vital role in Safe Families by helping parents get back on their feet. Learn more
Be a Resource Friend: As a Safe Families Resource Friend, you can provide items to families struggling with life challenges. Let’s face it, we all have extra items or unused stuff, such as furniture and bicycles. Donating these items can help meet critical needs of families. Learn more
Sheila Mounts, LMSW, Safe Families for Children Coordinator