Adoption and Foster Care

 

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless as this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

Dear friends,

God’s love for the orphan is visible throughout the Bible. It is very clear where His heart lies and what He’s called us to with the plight of the orphan. Most people don’t fully understand orphan ministry and adoption; they either don’t give it much thought or they mistakenly believe that caring for children through orphanages and foster homes is good enough. Our culture lulls us into believing that adoption is not ministry, but rather, social welfare, and therefore belongs to the government. However the Bible is very clear—adoption is God’s heart.

The adoption message is the very essence of the gospel, in that we not only evangelize orphans by adopting them, we open doors for evangelism simply by talking about adoption—even with strangers. The biblical message of adoption is a beautiful image of God’s love for us; it is an excellent way to share with unbelievers how they, too, can become an adopted child of God.

We are humbled by God’s use of adoption to demonstrate and prove His love for us when we were spiritual orphans. We are forever changed, and now burdened to share our passion and love for the orphan. It is an honor and a privilege to model God’s heart in this way.

Please pray with us for families who have or are in the process of adopting, and for the children who are currently waiting adoption or are in foster care.

Sincerely,

-Amy Bentz, Erika Gustafson, and the Project 1:27 Team  /  Contact Amy if you have questions: 503.507.5832 or bentzfam@yahoo.com

AWARENESS  A goal of Project 1:27 is to raise awareness regarding the need for families in our church to serve as foster and adoptive parents to children locally and internationally.

AID Currently, a number of Morning Star families have adopted or are pursuing adoption, foster children, or are looking to foster children. Project 1:27 will provide aid, prayer, and  assistance for these families.

ACTION  We want to serve orphans here in Salem and around the world through mission trips and collecting donations (i.e., clothing, baby formula, diapers, medical supplies, etc.). We will send these donations with traveling families or mission teams so they can deliver them to orphanages, medical clinics, and schools. We want to provide foster family support. Through various events, we hope to reach out to families with adopted and/or foster children that are not connected to a local church.

DID YOU KNOW…

  • Approximately 147,000,000 children worldwide are orphaned
  • Every 14 seconds a child is orphaned due to an AIDS-related death
  • One in ten children die before their first birthday in Ethiopia; one in 6 die before their fifth birthday, most of preventable diseases
  • Almost 4,000 children die each day world-wide from lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation
  • 67,500,000 children in South and East Asia have lost one or both parents
  • In Russia there are over 700,000 children waiting for a family
  • In Asia there are 3,572,000 orphans, with nearly 5,000 having Down Syndrome and are unwanted; many are killed at birth
  • About 500,000 children are in the US foster care system
  • In Oregon, nearly 8,000 children are in family foster care
  • Over 25,000 children age out of foster care without ever having a family to call their own
  • About 90% of orphans who age out turn to a life of theft, prostitution, homelessness, substance abuse, incarceration, and suicide
  • The past decade 179,719 children from around the world were welcomed into families in the US through inter-country adoption.
  • 48% of people who have considered adoption indicated they would first look to a house of worship (church) for information and advice

You can’t save the world. But you can be the world to one child…   

If only 7% of the two billion Christians in the world would care for a single orphan in distress, there would effectively be no more orphans. –Steven Curtis Chapman

We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes. Radical by David Platt 

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has the eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. -Saint Augustine 

I have learned that I will not change the world. Jesus will do that. I can, however, change the world for one person. So I keep stopping and loving one person at a time. Because this is my call as a Christian. Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis

 If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. -Mother Teresa