Posted by Heather Sewell
on December 21, 2016 / Posted in Advocacy
What is orphan care advocacy? What does it mean to mirror the gospel message and adoption? Who is affected by orphan care and how do I fit in?
If you have ever asked any of these questions, we should talk.
Without truly understanding the vast needs of adoption and foster care it doesn’t make sense that someone like me, who has never fostered or adopted, would devote their time and energy to orphan care ministry. Perhaps you’re wondering where you fit in or why you should serve in this capacity.
Adoptive families, foster youth, foster parents, families in crisis, and children effected by loss and trauma need you. They need your ministry, your time, and your love.
As the hands and feet of Jesus, we have a unique opportunity to spend time with, and care for, our brothers and sisters and the lost. It’s hard. It takes energy. It takes intentionality. Just as Becky says in the video, “there are so many [needs] it can feel daunting”.
Parents who are in the trenches and those around you who are caring for the “least of these” need your help. There is no simple solution to the challenges they face on a daily basis and there never will be. We have the unique opportunity to care out of the freedom we have been given through Christ’s sacrifice.
What will you do with that freedom? Use this advent season to pray about your role in caring for families and children. Make your new year’s resolution to be about others; bettering the lives of others and spending yourself, your time, and your energy on those in our community who struggle with the feeling of isolation and are misunderstood by so many.
Stay tuned for part two that will be posted Friday on the OCA blog for tips and strategies to engage and advocate!