Hey everyone, just checking in to remind you of the resources that Project 127 has for your adoption and foster journey.
In this final episode I share the talk I gave at the National Foster Care Symposium entitled “The Church, a Book and the Trash Can.”
Special Thanks To…
Chris Lang and Liz Vice for providing our music.
Barbara Gelinas, Kia Gelinas, Chelsea Geyer, Jason Weber and Shelly Radic for being our guides along the way.
In this episode I try to convince those involved in orphan care to make the most prayed prayer in the Bible, the most prayed prayer in their life.
“Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy.” Jesus
The Mercy Prayer invites each of us to become a student heavenly compassion and clemency, to immerse ourselves in it, to embrace the responsibility of seeing all life in view of God’s mercy–and to watch as this simple-yet-profound cry reshapes us and our world. Everybody needs mercy.–From Back Cover
“This book will awaken your heart’s cry for mercy and readiness to extend it to others.” Margaret Feinberg
In this episode
Shelly Radic, President of Project 127, helps us understand the importance of and the steps to building a strong support team for your family.
A TIME TO REFRESH AND REJUVENATE
Refresh is a Christian conference designed for foster and adoptive parents, kinship providers, grandparents, and others who care for God’s orphaned and vulnerable children. We understand firsthand that this journey can be difficult and lonely. The Refresh Conference is a time for you to escape from the distractions and chaos of life and be refreshed, equipped, and inspired.
In this episode Shelly Radic, President of Project 127, helps us explore the basics of adopting and fostering in faith.
- Where do you start?
- What’s the cost?
- What’s the process?
- What do you do while you wait?
- How do you talk to your children about adding a adoptive or foster sibling?
Shelly Radic is President of Project 127
In this episode we examine 4 common barriers to adopting and fostering in faith.
Resources from Project 127
Attempting the Impossible
Those who adopt and foster in faith are working to fix the seemingly impossible. We actually believe that there can be a home waiting for every single child in the foster care system. We believe that the foster care system can be emptied if churches come together on behalf of orphans in our midst.
In this episode, Jason Weber gives us four principles of building foster care movement right where you live.
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Success vs. Failure
What does success look like when it comes to foster care? Those of us who adopt and foster in faith often fear failure. We wonder if we have what it takes.
In this episode, Chelsea Geyer, the director of DC127 helps us understand what success and failure really are.
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In this episode we reflect upon Psalm 68 and the incredible capacity of the typical local church when it comes to emptying out the foster care system.
“A father to the fatherless…God sets the lonely families…” Ps. 68
Do you feel called to start an foster/adoptive ministry in your church?
Project 127’s vision is a family waiting for every child. That vision extends past Colorado, across the country, and around the world.
We’re dedicated to supporting and guiding others seeking to care for the kids in their own backyard and work toward inspiring, recruiting and resourcing families that look after kids in foster care.
To start a dialogue please call or email Shelly Radic.
“Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: ‘Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile…” Ex. 1.22
“Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe…” Ex. 2.5
In this episode we discover that Pharaoh’s daughter is an incredible model for those who desire to adopt and foster in faith.
Had you considered Pharaoh’s daughter true motivation for going down to the Nile river to bath?
Have you had the experience of ministering to a birth mom/dad or other person related to your foster/adoptive child?
Distress: Pressure. Squeezing. Trauma. To feel like the walls are closing in you.
What are orphans going through?
In this episode we focused on James 1.27. This is a foundational verses for those adopt and foster in faith.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: To look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
We spent significant time thinking through the distress that an orphan experiences:
- Allegations against their family
- Mental and/or physical abuse
- Potential or actual loss of the only family they’ve ever known
- The system
- A foster home
- The task of navigating a myriad of new relationships
- The Primal Wound
What other pressures do you see in the life of an orphan? In addition to fostering and adopting, what are some other ways that Christians can care for orphans in their distress?