By: Heather Sewell
Biblical hospitality is what the ministry Safe Families for Children is all about. In February, OCA launched its first volunteer campaign to recruit volunteers to serve families experiencing a short-term crisis within our community. This ministry expands beyond the four walls of a church and transforms Christian households into mini churches by opening doors and pulling back the sheets of their extra bedrooms to show Christ’s love.
As you walk in obedience to the Lord and make disciples (Matt 28:19) to carry on the mission of Christ, you will never walk alone. As a host family, case coach, or family friend, you are invited to join in discussion and journey through life with other volunteers when you attend the LIFE meetings on the first Tuesday of each month.
The first meeting will take place March 18 @ 6:30 Calvin Presbyterian Church
The warm and inviting atmosphere of these meetings will welcome open discussions and a time to share burdens and rejoice in what God is doing in the lives of the families who use this ministry to overcome crisis. As Christians, we are loved and guided by the Holy Spirit; now we can take that love and help guide others to the foot of the cross in gospel-centered living.
Nationally, Safe Families for Children has a reunification rate of 85%. This means that nearly 9 out of every 10 placements will result in the parents/guardians overcoming crisis and reuniting with their children. But that is not the best part in this ministry; the relationship you build with the family doesn’t stop after reunification, but rather builds into a friendship based on the truths of the gospel.
If you would like to introduce this ministry to your Bible study, small group, or church community we would love to help. Just as the old saying goes, it does take a village to raise a child and when families who are experiencing crisis see a Christ-centered community helping to stabilize them and lift them up, discipleship happens and as in Acts 2, Paul writes that when the church took care of the poor and needy, Christ added to their numbers daily those who were saved.
Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
This is our prayer: that through our hospitality and love for others that hurting families in our community will come to know and love our great God who cares, provides, protects and guides us through this life.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them He remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, and the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but He frustrates the ways of the wicked.
To become part of this ministry, receive blessings, and increase your prayer life email firstname.lastname@example.org today and learn how you can become part of this ministry.