This is the week!
Our prayer at OCA is for the communities to join together as believers and care for the fatherless. Let us take this week and listen to the Lord as He leads, guides, and directs our path to advocate and equip us to care for His children.
Below, you will see a graphic that shows the ratio between churches (blue) vs. children in foster care (brown). This is a great reminder of not only the need for foster parents, but real hope. So many times when we consider the amount of orphaned children, it can be overwhelming. We see and hear numbers like 400,000 children in the US foster care system, 153 million orphans world wide.
But there is REAL HOPE! Did you know there are 7,000 churches in Kentucky and nearly 7,000 children living in the foster care system. This means that if one family from each church advocated on behalf of these children and one family from each stepped up and became a foster family there would be ZERO children in Kentucky’s foster care program. If 7,000 is still a daunting number, check out the number of children in your county.
What will it take for the Body of Christ step out and recognize the need for foster families and stand in the gap for these children. In James 1:27, Christians are called to care for the fatherless, and in the same way James 1:22 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
What are some ways that you can begin advocating for children in your church and community? Our prayer as Christians is that there will be no more WAITING CHILDREN in the foster care system, but rather, WAITING FAMILIES! Families, who have empty bedrooms, read to engage and ready to care!
THE CHURCH’s ROLE IN FOSTER CARE
1. Pray that God would raise up people in many churches throughout our city and state to launch ministries for orphans and waiting children, and that many of these ministries would, as part of their mission, become engaged with the children welfare system.
2. Pray that more and more church leaders would respond to the needs in foster care and would actively engage in the child welfare system.
3. Pray that believers all over the state would be consumed with compassion for the children in foster care, and would make themselves available for how God wants to use them.
4. Pray that believers in our state would be unified in Christ and that our unity around this issue would draw others to Him.
5. Ask God what He would have us to do in the furute in relation to the foster care system and the children and families it serves.
Adapted from City by City, Church by Church, Child by Child. @2008 FamilyLife, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, Inc.