Churches

Short Video of One of the Most Moving Moments of the Year – Foster Parents Article

Without exaggeration, it was one of the most moving and meaningful things I’ve experienced in the past year.  It came in the opening moments of CAFO2019, as participants from across the US and around the world offered glimpses of the brokenness and beauty of their own stories in simple signboards – as a birthmother…an exhausted social worker…a former orphan…a single foster mom…human trafficking victim…foster siblings…and others. The video below captures it well, and I still find tears coming to my…

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The Church Assessment Tool – Foster Parents Article

Over the last year, Project 1.27 has been part of a small group of Christian organizations and churches from across the country collaborating to find ways to better engage and equip churches across the U.S. to provide more than enough resources to children and families before, during and beyond foster care. After praying and planning, we believe there can be more than enough resources to care for every child in foster care if 10% of churches in every county in…

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Make VBS a Safe, Nurturing Experience for Every Child – Foster Parents Article

Are you preparing for Vacation Bible School at your church this summer? Are your volunteer teachers and staff prepared to handle the multitude of behaviors that may come along with having a classroom full of children? Project 1.27 can provide Trauma-Informed Training for church ministry volunteers in preparation for VBS. Many kids come into children’s ministry with a trauma history, not just kids who’ve experienced foster care or adoption. Children may have experienced the trauma of divorce, grief and loss, domestic…

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How a Church in Houston is Practically Serving a Largely Forgotten Group of People in Foster Care – Foster Parents Article

I recently had the opportunity to ask my friend Toni Steere a few questions about ministry and leadership. Toni is the Director of the Legacy 685 Ministry at Houston’s First Baptist Church. Throughout the past ten years, Legacy 685 has faithfully served adoptive and foster families in the greater Houston area as an “outside the walls” ministry!   I asked her four questions, but was particularly blown away by her answer to the first, so I thought I would just…

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Learning and Leading: An Interview With Philip Pattison – Foster Parents Article

I recently had the opportunity to ask my friend Philip Pattison a few questions about ministry and leadership. Philip is the Founder and Executive Director of Foster the Bay, a coalition of churches committed to providing a loving home for every child in foster care in the San Fransisco Bay area, as well as wrapping around supporting those families who are. Philip and his wife are also foster and adoptive parents.   Philip serves in the bay area as well as coaches…

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So, We Did Orphan Sunday. Now What?! – Foster Parents Article

Orphan Sunday, and its counterpart Stand Sunday are unique opportunities set aside every November for churches around the country – and around the world – to recognize God’s heart for vulnerable and orphaned children and call their people to respond in a variety of ways. While your church may choose to recognize Orphan Sunday on a different date during the year, or perhaps participate in an Orphan Sunday type service or event in a different way, the heart of Orphan…

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Gospel Coalition: How Foster Care Became a Christian Priority – Foster Parents Article

The Gospel Coalition today released a compelling article on the growing church engagement in foster care seen across the U.S:  How Foster Care Became a Christian Priority — Just in Time.  The article by Sarah Zylstra captures the sweep of the history and what is happening today more fully than any article or research to date.  It’s well worth the read. *Photo by Sharon McCutcheon from

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High School Tennis, Keeping It Simple and Why You Should Have a Ministry Coach – Foster Parents Article

When I was in high school tennis was my life. I tried football in junior high but quit after the first season. I did not enjoy it all. Aside from getting run over by mammoth 13 year olds twice my size I also suffered from severe asthma – I would literally hide an inhaler in my shoulder pads and pull it out while face down in the grass to sneak a puff or two without anyone noticing. Yep. That was…

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