About Mike Rusch

Based in Downtown Bentonville, Arkansas, Mike is the Chief Executive Officer at Pure Charity, a nonprofit dedicated to building world class technology solutions for Nonprofit Organizations, Individual Fundraising, and Community Advocacy.

Mike currently serves on the Board of Directors for Help One NowMercy House GlobalCanopy Northwest Arkansas99 Balloons@HopeMob, Laundry Love, and Serve Northwest Arkansas.  

Prior to Pure Charity, Mike worked for Nickelodeon, The Walt Disney Company, Hershey Foods, and served in the US Marine Corps. Mike is a husband of 22 years, father of 4, a lover of a great story, and never too far from a fly-fishing river.  

A Father's Day

There has been much talk today about what it means to be a father, and that is good.  However, I have also noticed that there has also been much talk about what it means to care for the fatherless.  Maybe this dual theme has been taking place for many years and I have just never noticed.  Or, maybe there really is so much more of it today than I can ever remember.  I pray it is the latter.

I think I have just two pictures to share.

These were taken just a few hours after Sosi was brought to us in Ethiopia.  While Corrie, Sosi and I rested in the courtyard, I had the pleasure of watching a new father and new son start their journey.

On this day it was a father’s day in the truest sense of the word.  It was a father’s day where the fatherless found a family to be a part of. 

I’ll never forgot watching those few moments unfold because the significance of what was playing out right before me was holy.  It was in this moment that the metaphor of becoming adopted in God’s family became so very clear.  There is no ocean that this father would not have crossed to bring this son home.  In this moment, God’s presence in their eyes was so clear.

A refuge for the poor, a shelter from the storm, a healer to the broken, a father to orphan…this is our God.

And then this father did what every father should do with his son.  He stepped back and began to live in a moment filled with joy.

Today I ask myself a simple question…

Am I this kind of father? 

While my mind is only filled with my failures, I do have hope.  I have hope because this is the way that it should be - the way is was designed to be.

I pray I never forget this moment.  May I move forward with a renewed dedication to being a father like this…

I got goosebumps while I was reading your "our adoption journey" link...what you do is admirable and absolutely incredible. My mother put my brother and myself up for adoption when I was in eighth grade. She has struggled with alcoholism for many years, and unfortunately she was no longer able to care for my brother or myself. We were both placed in foster care and my brother was adopted this past August. but since I was older, I was never adopted. I was able to find legal guardians so I didn't have to stay in foster care until I aged out at 18 and after I finished high school, I moved down south and I now attend the University of Georgia. Dealing with my brother's adoption has been very tough on me, so I decided to volunteer in an orphanage in Tanzania over my Christmas break this year. I feel like I can somewhat relate to the struggles that these children have faced and I think the experience will help me better understand what my little brother goes through on a daily basis. Since I support myself, the financial aspect of volunteering abroad has proven to be quite a problem. I created a website to collect online donations and I was hoping that since you are an orphan advocate, you would be willing to help spread the word about my cause. Regardless of whether or not you chose to help, thank you so much for your time and continue everything you're doing! :) here's the link to my site: http://tanzania.myevent.com/