A few years back, I watched a Dateline episode pertaining to kids that age out of foster care. These kids have spent their whole lives without permanent families and now they’re too old to be housed in a foster family. Suddenly they’re just on their own with no place to call home.
That story… honestly… it just did something to me. I found out that each year 26,000 kids age-out of foster care…. 1 in 5 of them will be homeless, half will be unemployed, 42% won’t graduate high school, 71% of the women will be pregnant by age 21, and 1 in 4 men will be in the justice system within 2 years. There’s 400,000 foster kids in the U.S. waiting for permanent families. That’s enough kids to fill two baseball stadiums.
So when thinking about Aprils’ blessing, this story came to my mind and I started looking for an organization that specialized in faith-based adoptions and foster care. What I found was Project 1.27 Ministry based in Colorado. Project 1.27 strives to inspire, recruit and resource churches and families, to foster and adopt kids. The idea being, if each church in Colorado had one family step forward to adopt a child there would be waiting parents, instead of children.
This month I wanted to highlight this incredible need in our country and do what we can to support some of the needs of this ministry in particular. Even maybe to encourage us to pray about what God may have us do long-term. What kid doesn’t want a place to belong? How would my life be different if I never felt the belonging of a family? It’s hard for me to imagine actually. I pray God stirs our hearts to adjust our priorities so we can bring love to hurting kids around us.
May you be blessed this month, knowing that through Be a Blessing, you are helping kids that are looking for forever families. That you know how important you are to them and the opportunities you are sowing into their lives. God bless you my friends… have a great month!
Learn more about Foster Care through Project 1.27 … !!
Every month, Be a Blessing looks for opportunities to bring opportunities! We strive to be a part of what God is doing across the globe through established faith-based non-profits and to participate in His vision to transform hearts, so that they may know Him! Each gift brings hope and love to hurting people and encourages organizations as they serve others.