A World Without Orphans


My name is Brittany DeVries I’m a creative producer living in Panama City, Panama. My husband and I have four children, we are the first foster family in Panama’s Pilot Fostercare Program.

Recently I was invited to screen my short documentary “A World Without Orphans” in Chiang Mai, Thailand at the upcoming Global Forum for World Without Orphans (February 2016).

In their own words: “This will be a strategic time to activate, connect, and equip the Christian community worldwide to address the orphan crisis, as leaders from around the world develop and share solutions that provide every child with a safe, stable, and nurturing family.”

Since screening “A World Without Orphans” at the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit in Nashville, TN (May 2015) our documentary has been featured on numerous websites: Better Care Network, Faith To Action, World Without Orphans, Orphan Resources and Missions Dilemma. We are also included in Faith To Action’s “Journey of Faith” 6-week training course for churches and ministries.

So what makes the Global Forum: WWO screening special? Nearly 200 global leaders will be gathered in Thailand February 11th-14th. Many are leading national movements within their countries (i.e. Kenya Without Orphans), impacting thousands of children – encouraging their local churches and communities to become involved through family reunification, foster care and adoption. This is an incredible opportunity to meet with and form relationships with leaders of these movements. I have also been asked to help teach a workshop about media and advocacy. From the beginning our goal has been to offer the documentary as a free resource to be used to further national movements. Currently our documentary is being translated into Spanish and Romanian.

Support my upcoming trip to Thailand to screen “A World Without Orphans” at the Global Forum for World Without Orphans at GoFundMe https://www.gofundme.com/wwoglobalforum

Brittany DeVries

Founder, Creative Producer & Content Curator

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Fruit from Good Seed

Galatians 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (ESV)

Matthew 13:38-39 – The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. (ESV)

Every day we should try to PLUCK something from our Spiritual Garden that is not part of God’s will for us. If we put the seeds in good soil then it should grow good fruit and that will make us happy. We should all try to use good soil when planting seeds, which will make our Heavenly Father happy. Continuing in the daily process of Pulling Weeds, Planting Seeds will help in making you an Ambassador and Disciple of Jesus Christ by monitoring your Spiritual garden and allow Fruit from Good Seeds to flourish.

When we pray, many times we are asking God to have mercy on a family member, another, or us. In taking care of our Spiritual gardens, we need to ensure what we are cultivating is a reflection of God’s divine creation. We should give thanks to God for allowing us to be stewards of His garden He left us responsible. Everything on earth belongs to God, every single thing. We should be grateful and thankful for Him for loving us so much to provide for us.

One of the ways we can show gratitude is to cultivate, nurture, and replenish our garden with fruits of the Spirit as cited in Galatians 5:22-23. The Fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We have used this Scripture a few times to reemphasize what Fruits Good Seed will bear in our Spiritual Garden. Bad seeds will bear weeds and/or bad fruits we call sin. When someone tries to plant a bad seed in you, rebuke them and tell them what the Scriptures say.

We must protect our Spiritual gardens the same way we protect our earthly possessions but even more so. God is always watching us from Heaven; He sees and hears everything. We clean our homes, our cars, even pull weeds out of gardens, and wash our clothes adding fragrances to everything. In our nature gardens, here on Earth, we even add chemicals to prevent weeds from growing. God has given us a Spiritual chemical to protect our Spiritual garden from those trying to plant bad seeds, God’s Word, the Holy Bible.

When Satan tried to plant bad seeds in Jesus during the 40 days, the Spirit took Him into the wilderness; Jesus used God’s Words to rebuke Satan not allowing the temptations to prosper. In our flesh it is impossible but not with God. In Matthew 19:26 Jesus reminds us of this when talking about how hard it is for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God; “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (ESV).

God’s Word instructs us how to live; it is His Will for our lives. Why are we so quick to spray all kinds of chemicals on the things we are going to put into our bodies just to ensure weeds will not grow, but not willing to read and study the Holy Bible so we can be armed to rebuke Satan and his army? In Caroline’s book Uncertainties and Reasoning on page 26, she wrote, “Challenges will threaten the garden, try to lead you astray, and poison the planted seeds. Standing firm, being the good gardener, allows one to nurture seeds by faith, speaking words of wisdom through guidance from our Father in Heaven.” Protect your Spiritual garden with even more fervency. The only way to do it is by reading God’s Word and having the Holy Spirit in you to help you recall His Word. You may think you planted good seed and that it will bear good fruit but the enemy is ever watching for a way to plant bad seeds.

In Matthew 13:24-30 Jesus informs us in the Parable of the Weeds, which is about entering the Kingdom of Heaven and how our enemy will plant bad seeds that will grow up with the good seed. The seeds the enemy plant will not show until the good seed is bearing good fruit and cannot be uprooted right away. We need always be on watch when our enemy is trying to plant a bad seed in our Spiritual garden because it may lay dormant for many years.

Through our prayers, we glorify God telling Him that we have faith in knowing He will answer our prayers. God knows what we need even before we ask for anything. Through our prayers and spending time with Him, we can receive discernment and the knowledge to protect our Spiritual garden and ensure it receives the proper nutrition so that we can grow with it. As we follow, the Great Commission Jesus gave us to GO and make Disciples in Matthew 28:19-20, we must ensure we are doing it with love and God will be with us to protect us. Keeping our Spiritual garden filled with the proper fruits of the Spirit, we can accomplish anything with the Lord on our side.

To ensure we are bearing good Fruit, we must plant good seeds. What are good seeds and bad seeds? If we look once again at Galatians chapter five verses 16-26, the fruits of the Spirit are the good seeds, love, joy, peace, etc. to bear good fruit. Bad seeds are listed in verses 19-21, idolatry, fits of anger, etc., and more in verse 26, of being “conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. When you plant a good seed, it needs to be cared for and fed in the same manner you take care of your child and feed your child. Spiritual fulfillment is necessary to remain in alignment with God.

Earlier I used a quote from Uncertainties and Reasoning on page 26 and Scripture from Matthew 13 about the Parable of the Weeds. The parable demonstrates how an enemy will come into your garden and plant bad seeds along with your good seeds. Minister Caroline used the bible verse, Matthew 13:38-39 that reads, “The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels” (ESV). This verse explains what is meant by that parable Jesus used. Listen to God an PLUCK the weeds from your life as He instructs.