As our Month of Prayer comes to a close, we would like to thank Megan Roberts for all her help on this blog! Read Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4 posts here on how we can help and pray for our city.
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” –James 1:27
The Church is the institution God uses to show who His people are and a crucial part of how the love of God is demonstrated to a hurting world. The Church creates disciples who teach and obey Christ, and here, in James 1:27, we find exactly what kind of obedience God is after.
Praise God for the 15 churches who are currently partnering with DC127 and for the ways that we have seen God move through these churches to care for the vulnerable in the city.
This week we are praying for the churches who have already started partnering with DC127 and for more churches to join in their efforts. DC127 recognizes the power of the Church and believes that, if united, the Church could tangibly change the way things operate for children and families in the District.
This week will you prayer that the churches of DC will:
- Care for children in foster care, single mothers, and other vulnerable families in our city in part by bringing new churches into the DC127 movement
- Make disciples who open their homes and create cultures in their community where people who have been marginalized are welcomed and accepted
- Find favor with the people of this city, including governing officials, that the work of DC127 might be more easily accomplished
- Support those families among them seeking to host, foster, or adopt, and those that have fostered or adopted already
Here are some resources to learn more:
- Foster Movement U is a resource for anyone wanting to engage their church in issues around foster care. Check out the first session, “Foster Care and the Church,” and get some awesome tools and resources.
- DC127 is part of the 1.27 Network, a network of groups around the country. Learn more here.
- We’re also part of the National Foster Care Initiative. If you’re not in DC, see what’s going on in your state.
Watch an 8-minute video on why caring for children in foster care is the responsibility of the church.
Hear our keynote speaker from One City. One Hope 2014 cast a vision for what could happen in Washington, DC when the churches unite.