Kay Warren and Elizabeth Styffe write about what Saddleback is doing to challenge their church to care for orphans as well as highlighting other churches around the country including our Hope for 100 campaign in the new Purpose Driven Connection Magazine. Here is an excerpt:
He approached his pastor, David Dykes, with a plan for the church to place a special emphasis on adoption. He envisioned a special Sunday service where 100 families would choose to adopt through a program he called “Hope for 100.” Pastor Dykes enthusiastically supported Gill’s idea. The pastor preached two sermons on orphans and adoption and issued the challenge to raise up 100 adoptive families. The church then held two information events, using the Hope for Orphans curriculum, If You Were Mine (hopefororphans.org). Gill’s dream was for 100 couples to adopt 100 children—but so far, 300 couples have expressed interest. Green Acres Baptist Church has created a template (hopefor100.org) so other churches, regardless of their size, can host their own Hope for 5, 50, 100—or even 1,000 or more.
Read the whole article here.