A Compassion Ministry of First Evangelical Free Church

Monday, February 15, 2010

Heart Gallery

Walking through the foyer yesterday, I was touched by the stories of so many children right here in Nebraska. We have the privilege at church this month of hosting the Heart Gallery, an exhibit through the Child Saving Institute.

I looked into the eyes of these children, mostly older or in sibling groups, and saw precious lives created in the image of God. Children who need to know the love of a family. Did you look into their eyes? Did you see their hearts?

I saw children who really want to learn how to play an instrument, or who enjoy talking on the phone with biological siblings who have been adopted into other homes. Children who excel at school; some who are outgoing, and others who are more quiet and reflective. Children who are unique individuals, looking for someone to celebrate their individuality and help them bloom into amazing adults.

I also saw kids who have never really been able to be kids. Some who have carried the weight of the world on their shoulders. I looked into eyes that have seen more than children should ever see.

The Heart Gallery isn't intended to tug on your heartstrings. It's not meant to make you feel guilty. At Hope for Children, it is our desire that your heart would be stirred to do something on behalf of children who need families. Maybe you could choose one child and pray specifically for them. Maybe you could contact one of many organizations that helps orphans and foster children and find out what you can do to help. Maybe you could even bring one of these children into your family.

Not all of us are called to adopt, but we are all commanded to care for these children. If you haven't had a chance yet, make sure you visit the Heart Gallery in the foyer this month, or visit it online at http://www.nebraskaheartgallery.org/heartgallery.htm.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Thank You for Visiting

In the last few months as Hope For Children has been getting off the ground, we have been told many times, "Oh, I could never adopt." You know...the fact is, we're not all called to adopt.

So why start an adoption/orphan/foster care ministry? After all, it really only relates to a small portion of the church body.

Or does it? You see, we've all been adopted. Ephesians 1:5 tells us "he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will."

No, we're not all called to adopt, but we are all commanded to care for orphans. In James 1:27, we're told "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."

So here we are, launching this blog. We hope that through this venue, you will likewise come to see not just our passion for "forgotten" children, but God's as well.