Monday, October 15, 2012

Orphan Care Opportunities

As we continue to see the Bethany Fellowship of Churches’ families grow through fostering and/or adoption the opportunity for our church family grows too.

As you consider how the Lord would have you involved with orphan care Open Hearts, Open Homes has some opportunities for you to consider:

1. Offer respite to a family that has brought a child home and needs time to re-connect with each other or one of their other children.

Respite is at times difficult to seek out, but oftentimes needed.  Families that are in the midst of 
change or a trial don't necessarily think to ask for help.  At times, they can't think far enough to ask for  help.

As a church body we can offer "a cup of cool water" (Mark 9:41 - "I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.")  to families that need to re-connect as a couple or with one or more of their children whose lives have been impacted by changes in their family.  As a church family we can be pro-active and offer them an evening or afternoon to reconnect and be renewed.  Respite!

2. Offer a meal to a family that is adjusting to an additional child. 

Open Hearts, Open Homes does have a meal team that provides meals to families when a change occurs in their home.  If a family is involved in an Adult Bible Community (ABC) these meals come after the ABC is finished with meals, if they are not involved in an ABC they come immediately.  If you would like to be involved in the meal team please contact Michelle Hahn @

3. Join the OHOH prayer team through your myBethany account.  

Sign up for the Open Hearts Prayer Team to receive weekly prayer request via email to prayerfully support families anywhere in the process of fostering or adoption

4.  Mentor a foster child.

TFI Mentoring Training

Tuesday, October 23, 2012     Time: 6-9pm

Bethany Baptist Church
7422 N Heinz Lane, Edwards

The Forgotten Initiative provides training for anyone in the Body of Christ that would like to mentor a child that is currently in Foster Care.  Email to RSVP.

(See previous post for more information.)

5. Offer financial support to a family in the process of adopting.  

Bethany Fellowship of Churches has several families that are in the process of adoption and would blessed greatly from a financial gift to help them in ministering to a child through adoption.  If financial support interests you Lisa @ can help you in finding out who those families who have been through the OHOH process.

If you have any questions about any of these things please send an email to Amy at

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