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The government has asked the church to help out with the foster care/adoption crisis going on in the U.S. There are over 14,000 foster care kids in the foster care system in Arizona alone. Mission Community Church, Redemption Church and City of Grace Church have joined together to help solve this problem by spearheading a movement called Arizona 1.27 (based off James 1:17). Learn more on how you can be a part of abolishing this need.

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:27, ESV)

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Photo by Vintage Blush Photography

Photo by Vintage Blush Photography

A few of my friends shared their testimony in this video. I’m excited to see how PhoenixONE helped them get connected in the church community. One of the things I am loving that PhoenixONE is doing is promoting some of the wonderful organizations out there. I have always felt this is the generation to make a difference in the world. Christian Family Care is an organization that provides adoption/foster care/counseling to kids in crisis. It’s a wonderful organization and lately there has been a growing movement within the local churches to abolish the number of kids in the foster care system (over 12,000).

Ladouceur

Ladouceur

Another awesome organization that has been doing great stuff for many years is Compassion International. Robbie Seay Band led worship tonight and Robbie talked about what they are all about. Compassion provides child sponsorships to the many orphans around the world. For as little as $38 a month, you can make a difference in the life of a child by sponsoring them monthly. It provides food and clothing for the an entire month. I started sponsoring my child Ladouceur from Haiti back in 2006 when he was about five. He is close to teenage years now and I love getting letters from him. Tonight close to 40 children were sponsored by the PhoenixONE community. It’s funny that Compassion was brought up tonight because I have been praying about going to Haiti to visit my sponsored child. Tonight was also special for me as Aaron McRae from Hillside Community church was the guest speaker. He was a Pastor from my previous church and it was great catching up with him and Brian Wurzell – who is now going to be leading worship there.

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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.

James 1:27

The Foster Care movement is growing. 13 churches agreed to work together today to be a part of the solution to the many kids without a home. I will admit I haven’t thought much about the crisis of Foster Care/Adoption until recently. I more and more have met families that are stepping up to take care of these kids. Having kids of my own, I can’t imagine what kids without parents go through. I really feel it is up to the church to spearhead this movement and I love that many churches are coming together to do this. Esther’s Hope is one of these organizations that are helping out. I recently ran into my friends the Lassiters and was excited to hear that they are looking into foster care. They are recently married and I love that they are willing to take in a child to help out. It’s encouraging and I want to do my part in making sure I contribute to a solution.

Esther’s Hope stats:

  • There are over 13,500 children in the Foster Care System, an increase of 1,000 children over the past year.
  • About 1,500 children are living in shelters or group homes. The average stay for a child in a shelter or group home is now 115 days – even for children as young as 4 years of age.
  • There is a need for about 1,000 additional foster homes.
  • The highest need are for children age seven and older.
  • More than 350 children have an immediate need for adoption.

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