Think Orphan

A Global Conversation

The Think Orphan podcast is hosted by Dr. Rick Morton, Vice President of Engagement for Lifeline Children’s Services, and Philip Darke, President of Providence World.

Each week, they discuss the difficult issues and hot topics involved in the global orphan crisis with leading voices from around the world, such as Jedd Medefind, Russell Moore, Caroline Leaf, Curt Thompson, Gabe Lyons, and Peter Greer. From poverty alleviation and family strengthening, to best practices in caring for orphaned and abandoned children, to human trafficking and mentoring, Phil and Rick will work with you to navigate the issues that affect millions of children and families all over the world.

About Rick Morton

Father to three trans-nationally adopted children, Rick Morton’s dedication to the orphaned extends beyond his family. Coauthor of Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care and author of KnowOrphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology, Rick and his wife are co-founders of international orphan-hosting ministry Promise 139, based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Rick serves as Vice President of Engagement for Lifeline Children’s Services, an international ministry dedicated to caring for the fatherless. An inspiring speaker, Rick shares God’s heart for the fatherless at many conferences for pastors as well as orphan care advocates worldwide. He and his family live in the Greater Birmingham area.

About Phil Darke

Phil, his wife Becca, and their five children, live in Folsom, CA. Phil received his Juris Doctor Degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law and his B.A. Degree in Rhetoric and Communications from U.C. Davis. Before coming on-board with Providence as Research & Development Director in October 2008, Phil worked as an attorney with different firms in Sacramento, CA, and Atlanta, GA, and as a clerk for a federal judge in Honolulu, HI. In 2014, Phil co-authored In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence and has been the co-host of the Think Orphan Podcast since its inception in 2016.