There was a day last week where several good things and several difficult things collided. I heard stories of adoptions and stories of brokenness. One moment, I was celebrating, and the next I was mourning. But I knew that in the midst of this tornado of emotions was exactly where DC127 should be.
DC127 is about all of those stories on that Thursday. It’s about empowering families so there are more adoptions, more celebrations. It’s about mobilizing the church to be present when crisis hits and having families with open arms care for children in foster care and help them return to their birth families. It’s about understanding that in that storm of feelings, God is in the midst of it, and he is calling his church to be also.
This week we’re asking for your help. We’re asking for you to invest through prayer and finances in the mission of DC127 and help us move forward. We are specifically looking for 46 people to commit to invest anything from $10 to $100 a month as we continue to grow and unite churches around DC’s foster care system. 46.7 is the average number of months children spend in foster care in DC as of 2011 (the national average was 23.8 months), and 28% of children spend more than five years in care. Every month and every year counts.
Each day this week, we’ll highlight a different aspect of foster care and DC127 on our blog. Just about a year ago, a few of us started to throw around the name DC127, and the hot pink logo became a thing. So much has happened in that year, and we are thankful to all of you who have helped make the last 12 months a success.
But we’ve only just begun.
I have no doubt that many days like last Thursday are to come, and I’m ready because I know that’s where we’re called. We’re called to celebrate and to grieve with our city, and I am grateful that you’re on this journey with us.
-Chelsea Geyer, Director