Orphan Sunday was this past week and Nick and I spent the evening at Timberline Church. We really ended up choosing this church because of it's large population of adoptive and foster parents and the way in which they live the words of the Bible. Last week at the end of service, we were talking about how we couldn't wait to hear the following week's message. It was the first time in a while we were really excited for the next service and it was due to the subject matter being so dear to our hearts.
Timberline's event was great, as it was last year, although completely different. There were tables set up providing information regarding foster care, child sponsorship, adoption and all things in between. We all know we are to care for the orphans but we also recognize this doesn't mean everyone is called to adopt. There are so many ways to get involved and so many great ministries doing this work and Orphan Sunday at Timberline really showcased these opportunities well. Nick and I were excited we had the chance to meet a few of the representatives from the organization we're using for our home study (one of the many requirements for adoption), Hope's Promise. Because our adoption agency, Gladney Center for Adoption, is based in Texas and doesn't have a license to complete home studies in Colorado, we have to go with a local agency. Hope's Promise was the best option. They were so well-versed on the ins and outs of home studies for international adoptions for people like us who are using out-of-state agencies. We're excited to get started and the home study is the next step. I think that means I need to clean the house though...ekk.
The Orphan Sunday event was centered around a concert. In between songs, we heard stories from families who have fostered or adopted children and listened to the desperate need for families willing to step up to support and sponsor children. The main vocalist shared her personal story of how she came to adopt and the role it has played in her life. As most adoption stories are, this was a powerful reminder of the life changing event we are working towards. It was a great event to worship God and appreciate all we have been blessed with with a reminder of all those who don't have the same luxuries.