"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." -Hebrews 12:1-3
We've known for years that we wanted to help people endure hard things, to give them the hope they need to persevere. Whether it was in ministry or adoption or pediatric cancer. We knew it was part of our calling in ministry. So how did we narrow our focus?
First, we prayed. A lot. We sought wise counsel. We talked to people we love and respect. And we paid attention. Everywhere we turned there were foster and adoptive parents sharing stories of hope with us. Their love is truly contagious. But they need help.
Did you know that over 50% of foster homes close within the first year? They need training to parent their kids from hard places. They need support to get through the most difficult days. And they need community with other families in the same boat. Almost every parent we talked to said they felt isolated and alone in the journey, even if they knew others fostering or adopting. They need hope.
And they need their church. When we spoke to church leadership, many admitted not knowing how to help. Church staff and volunteers are not immune to the overwhelm that many of us feel when we see orphan statistics. Where do they even start? We are here to help.
Drawing on our experiences and training as a pastor, licensed counselor, and adoptive parents, we equip, encourage, and support families and walk alongside churches to help them do the same thing. When we realized the needs, narrowing our focus was easy. There is an orphan crisis in our backyards, our country, and the world. The time for an epidemic of love is now. Let's start one.