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.  

Idea Camp Orphan Care - Closing Notes

I’ve learned a lot at Idea Camp these two days…

Dan king #fistbump
Chris Marlow still doesn’t know it’s actually called “idea” camp
chick fil a is only good for so long


we must make ourselves vulnerable
fatherlessness is written in the hearts of our society
there is one statistic that matters the most - that’s you
Some of the most incredible organizations say they “aren’t doing enough”
this is about a child, not a statistic
ignorance isn’t bliss
a mother loves her child
In Kenyan slums, aprox 50% of teen girls are pregnant. Not b/c they are promiscuous - but b/c they are hungry.”
sometimes we have to sit in the dirt and listen
We’re running to the broken places, because that’s where we see God.
Aaron Ivey band is a full blown invitation to DO the gospel
there is value in every life
our perspective must change inside first
we need to walk towards the things that keep up awake at night
a life interrupted is life inspired
adoption is not about the past, it’s about the future
local churches can do great things
dad’s must be involved
reform is hard, but can happen (Heidi Cox)
the church is the only sustainable institution in the community
seek preservation of the family 1st
Foster parenting is one of the best things you can do to bless children (Susan Duke)
When I say I can’t do this, God says thank you

…so as we go back to our families, our npos, churches, etc

God Cares More about who you are that what you do

(story of meeting Charlie, who the world would call a janitor)

…picking up the discarded pieces

But you are now the guide…

“We can’t meet Kingdom Needs with Empire Values of Performance & Production” - Rick McKinley

(bring in kids)

and like this picture of a family and the child who is need of a father, it is also a picture of you and me.  Because without Jesus, without His adoption of us, we can not do this task in front of us.

“you see, the world need’s Jesus.  It doesn’t need another program to fix it, but it needs a revolution to redeem it.” - Rick McKinley

Until we find our adoption in jesus, there will be no peace or rest for our souls.

this picture is not of some orphaned child, it is a picture of me…it is a picture of you. 

And with Jesus, we become a son/daughter of the only One who can truly accomplish His purpose.

“Man designed orphanages for children, but God designed Children for Families”

In Exodus, the people call out in their oppression & God heard their cry.

God hears the cry of these children.

“O Come, O come Emmanuel” as we cry for our Father, we in turn answer the voice of those calling for an earthly father.

Let us listen to that cry through the story of Seth & Joy