Safe Harbor Adoption & Orphan Care Ministry's purpose is to increase awareness of the Heavenly Father's passion for looking after orphans by loving them like Jesus.

Active compassion is necessary!

Love that is demonstrated through:

  • global orphan care
  • Adoptive/Fostering families
  • encouragement of those who bring orphans into their homes
  • teams who give hands-on involvement are vital to the journey of orphan care
  • mobilizing churches, institutions, and groups that contribute prayer, visitation, and finances

We are adopted by our Heavenly Father into His family- God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do and it gave him great pleasure (Ephesians 1:5, NLT).

His active compassion drives us to make a difference in the life of a child-an ETERNAL difference!

It only takes one to reach one!




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Mandy is a living example of how God's amazing grace can take a life that could be filled with bitterness and transform it into a person who is becoming a better servant of the Heavenly Father.

If she is singing and speaking to many or quietly helping and ministering to one, humility and a desire to point others to Christ shines brightly in all Mandy does.

The story of God's fulfilling His purpose in and through her will be an encouragement to anyone who is contemplating what the Master's design for their lives might be.

Rev. Bob Flint
Commissioned Evangelist, Church of the Nazarene
President, Life Through the Word Ministries


When I think of James 1:27 and the admonition to care for orphans as an expression of "pure" or authentic religion (faith), I picture Dave and Mandy Litzke as the "poster" parents! One would be hard pressed to find two people who have a bigger heart or more passion to live out that command as Dave and Mandy. They don't just talk about it but they live it.

Their mission and ministry is not for the faint of heart but it is something that becomes contagious when you are around them any length of time. What they are doing is not just to be commended but supported as a means of fulfilling the Great Requirement (Micah 6:8) and the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39).

I encourage you to pray for this couple and the ministry they are committed to. If you have an interest in adopting or want to make an investment in something that is making a difference in the lives of those who need hope and a hand up contact them.

Dr. Steve W. Ruby
Lead Pastor
First Church of the Nazarene
Ashland, Kentucky


God is calling people to the life changing ministry of adopting orphaned children and raising them as their own to the glory of God. The result is an incredible journey of transformation not only for the children whose lives and futures are rescued and radically changed, but also for the adoptive families that are being used by God to change their world one child at a time!

Mandy's story embraces both dimensions of this exciting journey. Tragedy was changed to hope when she was adopted as a little girl and now she and her husband Dave have 13 adopted children of their own!

You will be blessed to discover how God can intervene in the lives of needy children and bring them into the Safe Harbor of a loving Christian family!

Dr. Paul A. Whiteford
Senior Pastor
Marysville Ohio Church of the Nazarene

The Litzke's are connected to my family thru adoption.

No we are not related or legally bound, but we share a common desire to protect the most vulnerable in our community.

Our worlds collided because of our adoptions of my son Joshua and the Litzke's adoption of their daughter Joy. Both were born in Hong Kong and spent the first year or so of their lives at Mothers Choice an orphanage in Hong Kong.

In the last 5 years I have seen God work through the Litzke's to further His cause for the orphan. Not only are they personally following God's mandate to care for the orphan, having adopted 13 children. But they are reaching out and advancing the cause of the orphan in churches, at conferences, and in the public square.

They are the epitome of "orphan advocates" and are having a tremendous impact on the most vulnerable in our society.

My desire is someday I would have the same passion and zeal for the orphan that Dave and Mandy Litzke have.

Scott Coppola
Regional Advancement Director
Bethany Christian Services

I was first introduced to Dave and Mandy Litzke through a photo of their family and told that they were "the most amazing family." After 26 years of working with some incredible foster and adoptive families, I thought the Litzke's would have some pretty stiff competition. However, looking at that family photo and seeing the wonderful blend of children brought together under one roof, I began to realize there was something unique about this family. Then, meeting them in person and hearing even more about God's powerful work in their lives that transformed their family and the ministry vision he has given them helped me realize my friend's description was entirely correct. The Litzke's are an amazing family and their message is spot on.

But what I so appreciate about them is their humility. Not once as Mandy and Dave spoke about their family and Safe Harbor Adoption Ministry did I get the sense that this was all about them and their egos. Instead, I heard the glory and honor being given to God for any good that was coming from them, and that they simply couldn't take the credit for something Jesus had placed in their hearts in the first place. I also heard in Mandy a very capable and passionate speaker who challenges listeners with God's crystal clear call to His Church to love the orphan and fatherless.

In this season of the evangelical Church's renewal to mercy and social justice, we need people like Dave and Mandy to passionately and credibly remind believers of our own spiritual adoption by God and why adopting children is a powerful way of living out the Gospel of grace we experience. I heartily support the Litzke's example and message, as well as the good work of Safe Harbor Adoption Ministry.

Jeffrey Nitz, LCSW
Director of Operations, Eastern Region
Bethany Christian Services