Life Cycle of Renewal: Adopted
In the second quarter of our annual Lifecycle of Renewal—a framework that helps us engage with Christ’s renewing work in our lives, our city, and our world—reminds us to see others as being adopted into the family of our Father. We are created in the image of an adopting father, so we, too, are to adopt, whether in the literal sense of adopting a child or in other ways that position us to come alongside and provide tangible support to children, families, and individuals experiencing the loss of community.
Los Angeles has the largest number of children in foster care of any city in our country due largely to a lack of resources and support and nowhere near enough families to provide a home for those without one. We have a city of orphans that God loves and wants cared for.
“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.”
The Adopted season of the Lifecycle provides us with opportunities to learn more about LA’s foster crisis, connect with and support families within our church who’ve already entered into adoptive or foster work, and engage the ways God might be calling us as both individuals and as a church to love the orphans of our city with the adoptive love our Father has shown us.
We Foster LA Supply Drive
We hosted a supply drive to collect such necessary items as baby bottles, pacifiers, children’s clothes, and more for the care packages our partners at We Foster LA provide for foster families in LA County.
Show Hope Conference
To serve and love more like Jesus, we partnered with Show Hope to provide free, easily-accessible, and specialized training for anyone interested in or currently interacting in any capacity with adopting families or children in the foster system.