To my brothers and sisters in Christ across Washington, DC:
I am writing to invite you to join DC127, a growing network of churches in the District of Columbia uniting to reverse the foster care waitlist by recruiting and supporting foster and adoptive families. The name is inspired by James 1:27 which reads: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.”
DC127 offers an incredible opportunity for you and your church to stand as a witness to what’s possible when God’s people unite to serve the children of our city.
There are more than 1,300 children in DC’s foster care system; over 300 of them have no hopes of being reunited with their parents and are waiting to be adopted. They are whom the Bible calls orphans. We believe there are no orphans in Heaven, and since Jesus taught us to pray, “Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven” we believe that church in DC has the responsibility to to work together to make sure there are no more orphans in our city.
The leadership of the District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services (CFSA) has issued an urgent call asking the faith community to take a leadership role in helping to find foster and adoptive homes for the children of our city. They are ready to partner to make this happen, and they are asking for our help.
But the need is much larger than one church alone can address. It will take a response from churches all across this city united in a common vision and shared goal. With more churches in Washington, DC than children waiting to be adopted, we believe the church is uniquely positioned to respond. If churches across DC unite they can provide a tipping point on this issue, as has already been demonstrated in other places it has been tried.
As a pastor of a church made up of many single young professionals who are eager to help but unable to take-in children themselves, we are learning that you do not have to be in a position to foster or adopt to get involved. Our church has already recruited dozens of people to help support foster families, mentor foster children, organize events and pray. Not everyone can take in children, but everyone can do something.
DC127 offers an incredible opportunity for you and your church to stand as a witness to what’s possible when God’s people unite to serve the children of our city. We are asking you to join us. Please don’t hestiate to reach out and let us know what God is putting on your heart. You can reach DC127 directly by clicking here. For more information about upcoming events and to connect with others, please like us on Facebook or follow us on twitter.
Greater things are yet to come,
PS: Be sure not to miss our upcoming citywide, multi-church, prayer gathering on May 21. Details here!
Aaron Graham serves as lead pastor of The District Church in Washington, DC. @aarongrahamdc