Creating Adoption & Orphan Care Culture in Your Church


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Creating Adoption & Orphan Care Culture in Your Church

  1. 1. Creating Adoption & Orphan Care Culture in Your Church Andy Lehman
  2. 3. Why is this important?... <ul><li>The “Wyatt’s” of the world are why it’s important!… </li></ul>
  3. 4. Wyatt – orphaned in Lithuania <ul><li>Born with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cleft lip & palate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 finger on each hand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 toes on each foot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Severe hearing loss </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Congenital heart defect </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Wyatt @ orphanage
  5. 6. Wyatt – in CA hospital after adoption
  6. 7. rock climbing?
  7. 8. A Father to the fatherless… <ul><li>God truly… </li></ul><ul><li>“ sets the lonely into families….” </li></ul><ul><li>- Psalm 68:5,6 </li></ul>
  8. 9. Naomi ~ before & after adoption…
  9. 10. Ways to Care
  10. 12. Adoption Grants/Loans & Church Adoption Funds
  11. 13. Adoption Funding Solution Tools <ul><li>Direct Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Matching Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Interest-Free Loans </li></ul>
  12. 14. Travor’s story
  13. 15. How does an “Adoption Fund” fit with your church mission/vision? <ul><li>Evangelize the lost </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adoption is evangelism at its core... </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Edify the saved </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Put faith in action; develop relationships/support </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Minister to those in need </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Millions of orphans trapped b/c of financial barrier </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Be a Conscience in the community </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>As Church is involved, the community will see Jesus is alive and working in His people (Matt 5:16) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 16. Top 3 common ‘barriers’ & their solutions… <ul><li>Barrier: Church staff “plate is already full” to administer fund </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: Alliance partners can manage/facilitate the Fund & carry the administrative load on behalf of church, using mutually agreed upon criteria (reviewing applications, accounting, donor receipts, disbursing funds on behalf of adoption, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Barrier: Church feels uncomfortable/awkward approving/denying their own families (viewing financials, etc.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: Alliance partners can provide all the screening, reviewing, approving/denying as a ‘partner’ on behalf of the church, using mutually agreed upon criteria for those decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Barrier: Adoption Fund is unfamiliar territory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: Alliance partners have passion, and expertise in adoption funding processes, maximize stewardship, use existing grant/loan procedures, IRS approved, ECFA approved (establishes financial integrity & avoids recreating the wheel) </li></ul></ul>Administration of Adoption Funds for Church at no cost to Church or Fund!
  15. 17. Register 4 Church Fund Webinar – held monthly @
  16. 18. Iriving Bible Church (video)
  17. 19. Adoption Funding Tool <ul><li>Help a WIDOW & ORPHAN! </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative tool to remove financial barrier </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A team fixes up a widow’s home </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Renovation provided for free to widow (donated labor & construction materials) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sponsorship donations help fund adoption expenses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>How does this help fund adoptions? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>100% of donated sponsorships are used for adoption expenses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Disbursed as Adoption Grant & Adoption Loan (thru Lifesong) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 20. Video <ul><li> </li></ul>
  19. 21. Adoption & Foster Care overview <ul><ul><li>Hosts FosterCare & FosterAdoption training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>@ church (2x/yr) –helps families in licensing </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Launched an Adoption Fund </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>17 children helped funded to be adopted </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$15,000 in fund helped mobilize $125k in adoption funding </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hold annual Adoption/Foster Conf – 500 people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Small Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Waiting families – “wait well” with friends </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mom’s Night Out – for adoptive/foster moms </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Foster Care small group </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adult Adoptee birthmother support group </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 22. Adoption & Foster Care overview <ul><ul><li>Host “Heart Gallery” of waiting children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides “Respite Care/Relief Care” network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre & Post-Adoption Care resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dr. Karyn Purvis (author, the Connected Child) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  21. 23. Host a “Heart Gallery”…
  22. 24. What can happen in just 1 year?
  23. 25. L’ville area - Church Adoption Funds
  24. 26. Beauty out of Ashes… <ul><li> </li></ul>
  25. 27. Life without Regrets – David Melber
  26. 28. 1 st United Church – Gridley, IL <ul><li>mission trip </li></ul><ul><li>letter-writing rel’shp </li></ul><ul><li>engage Sunday school kids </li></ul><ul><li>$40 allowance, $20k+ </li></ul><ul><li>Transport van, desks/chairs, feeding program, curriculum, etc. </li></ul>
  27. 31. What can an 11 yr old kid do?
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  29. 33. Just a little makes a difference!...
  30. 35. <ul><ul><li>Create shop @ your church </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Serve Gobena – coffee for a cause </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Naturally conducive to talk orphans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think Missionally. Act Intentionally. </li></ul></ul>
  31. 36. &quot;Answer the Cry&quot; is a special video program you can use to build an impacting Orphan Sunday event in your church, home or community. This 60-minute program highlights ways every Christian can make a lasting difference for an orphan. Answer the Cry is hosted by bestselling author Francis Chan and features music performances by award-winning artists Steven Curtis Chapman and Mark Schultz.
  32. 37. <ul><li>Orphan Summit - Louisville, KY (May 12-13) </li></ul>
  33. 38. 10 Ways to Care for Orphans… <ul><li> </li></ul>
  34. 39. What can ONE person really do? <ul><li>If you think you are too small to make a difference, you’ve never spent the night with a mosquito </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kenyan proverb </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t fail to do something, just because you can’t do everything </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  35. 41. Steps to Launch Orphan Ministry @ Your Church <ul><li>Approach key leader with your vision </li></ul><ul><li>Identify passionate families to join you & dream together </li></ul><ul><li>Determine your channels (focus) </li></ul><ul><li>Plan strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Establish leadership structure & proposal </li></ul><ul><li>Launch ministry </li></ul>
  36. 42. Steps to Launch Orphan Ministry @ Your Church… <ul><li>Approach key leader with your vision </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify the right leader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cast Vision of ministry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>videos, Pwrpt, Field of Fatherless, the One Factor </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>might not “get it”, but don’t let it discourage you </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>talk with other church ministry leaders who DO get it </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ If it ain’t no, then go…” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  37. 43. Steps to Launch Orphan Ministry @ Your Church… <ul><li>Identify passionate families to join you!... </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No “lone-rangers” to be sustainable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Likely people you know who would love to give time & talents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adoptive parents, foster parents, adult adoptees, social workers, counselors, teachers, missions ministry people, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gather: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pray through specific scripture & specific kids by name </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstorm: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>140+ million orphans: what has to happen to ensure all know Jesus? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If you had $1,000,000 – what would you do with it? What about $1,000? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>#1 priority? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  38. 44. Steps to Launch Orphan Ministry @ Your Church… <ul><li>Determine channels of ministry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Orphan Care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adoption (domestic & international) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foster Care </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Considerations: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a largely unmet need to date? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ adoption” naming– false perception </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>existing church/ministries locally where synergy? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Current mission trips, rel’shp w/ crisis pregnancy ctr, missionaries you know, child welfare workers, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  39. 45. Steps to Launch Orphan Ministry @ Your Church… <ul><li>Plan Strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Begin with end in mind </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Where would we like to be in 3 yrs from now? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t stop praying </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>For Orphan Care, Foster Care, Adoption: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Physical needs? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Assistance? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Education, Awareness, Recruitment? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Support (post-adoption, placement, etc)? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  40. 46. Steps to Launch Orphan Ministry @ Your Church… <ul><li>Passion & discouragement </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Respond in God-honoring ways when your passion may not be made a priority </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be thankful for small steps, and careful not to complain “don’t get drunk on whine” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If your leadership even gives slightest opportunity, take it joyfully and be a faithful steward of that opportunity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>** One of most vibrant ministries in country operated first 2 years withouth “pulpit time” and no budget </li></ul></ul></ul>
  41. 47. Steps to Launch Orphan Ministry @ Your Church… <ul><li>LAUNCH!.... </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Church Worship Service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sanctity of Lifes Sunday - January </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National Foster Care month – May </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National Adoption Month – November </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Orphan Sunday – November 7 th , 2010 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tips: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tandem with a Church-wide project: shoe drive, school supply drive, prayer vigil, etc. (get EVERYONE involved, esp kids) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learn what works. Don’t be afraid to change. Build on successes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do small things with excellence </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keep Praying </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>