The Louks: an interview about caring for Romanian orphans (part 1)

When adoptions from Romania came to a halt a few years ago, there was a bit of noise from the U.S. adoption community and probably a probably a flurry of articles in the press. But by now, the plight of Romanian orphans has dropped off nearly everyone’s radar. I’ve wanted to blog about Romanian adoption and Romanian orphan care in the past, but I haven’t had time to do the research, and I don’t have any first-hand experience. So I was thrilled to receive a prayer letter from some old friends, Joshua and Laurel Louk, who have recently visited orphan facilities in Romania and plan to go back to work with orphans after raising support from churches in the U.S. (Joshua and Laurel’s personal ministry blog is After reading the Louks’ letter, I contacted Joshua and asked whether he would give me an interview. He graciously consented.

I’m breaking my interview with the Joshua Louk into two parts. Here’s the first.

Tell us a little about yourselves.

I received a B.A. in Bible and an M.A. in church history. My wife, Laurel received a B.S. in public relations journalism, an M.S. in counseling, and an M.A. in church history.

We met during our undergraduate years Continue reading