Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the Congregations for Kids Annual Celebration for our county Department of Social Services. A year ago they began to seek out partnerships with local churches in order to recruit foster and adoptive parents for the 1000+ children in this country alone. Today they have a partnership with over 30 churches, a majority being African American churches!
We heard a testimony from a ex-foster child who now works for social services. She shared how God used one of her foster homes that she was in for a brief time to reveal to her the love of Christ. It was a great reminder that you never know how deep an impact you will make in the life of a child who seems like nothing is getting through.
I was also very encouraged by the host church who started their foster/adoption ministry a year ago with a vision to serve the surrounding counties and to make a difference in the lives of these children for God’s glory. Over the past year they have helped 10 children that they know of, and they feel this is only the tip of the iceberg! Praise God for churches with big vision!
The senior pastor shared a few things that I couldn’t agree with more:
- If we are going to be passionate for God then we need to be passionate about the things God is most passionate about. And God is clearly passionate about the care of the fatherless. He calls Himself the “Father of the fatherless” (Ps. 68:5)
- If that were not enough, it is the command of Scripture that we care for the orphans (James 1:27)
- It is the responsibility of the church to care for these children who have no family. No other organization on earth has been commanded and commissioned with such a responsibility.
- Fostering and adopting is one of the most powerful ways we can make an impact in the life of a child.
He encouraged folks that were attending to be persistent in bringing this important ministry and mission to their church leadership. He said, “keep knocking on their door until they come around to seeing that it is God’s passion and the churches responsibility to do something!