Monthly Archives: September 2014

5K Run/Walk For Orphans – Saturday, 10/18/14 in Ravena, NY

Help us help waiting kids find their forever families through adoption, foster care, and global orphan care by participating in our first ever 5K Run/Walk For Orphans!

Our organization is 100% volunteer-power so all of the proceeds go directly to the cause plus we will be giving 10% to Abounding Love’s Hope Full Life Center for their food distribution program benefiting the local Ravena community.

We have partnered with Abounding Love for this event!  Our 5K steps off at 10am and Abounding Love’s Harvest Festival begins at 11am.  Come for the 5K, bring the family and stay the day for FREE Bounce House, hay rides, pumpkin decoration, maze, caramel apples, Karate demo, fire truck display, live broadcast from The Sound of Life radio network, and more.

Details and online registration for the 5K at!  Mail in registration of $20 (indicate name & age) and mail to GCC/JFO, 121 Mansion St., Coxsackie, NY  12051.  Mailed registrations must be received by 10/15/14.

Why Attend our 3rd Annual Orphan Conference?

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  James 1:27

The Word of God makes it pretty clear that we, the Church, are to care for orphans.  What’s not so clear is how we are to do that. And that’s what our conference is all about – equipping God’s people to walk out James 1:27.

Whether God is moving on your heart to adopt or foster, or you’re looking for tangible ways to help make a difference in a waiting child’s life, this conference is where you start.  If you or your church are looking for ways to get involved in effective orphan ministry – this event can be the catalyst.  It’s also a place for adoptive and foster families to come for encouragement.

The Orphan Sunday Blend coffee will be brewing as the morning begins with worship and a welcome from JFO Executive Director, Sandra Flach.  Our foster care key note speaker is foster/adoptive mom, Rebecca Chaires. Rebecca has experienced every aspect of the foster care system and even teaches foster parent training classes.  Associate Director, Mary Slager will share on practical ways we can help orphans beyond adoption and foster care.  A box lunch will be offered for $5 each and during lunch informational booths will be open.  After lunch Pastor David Arruda will be presenting on Orphan Sunday.  A presentation  on the climate of international adoption will be followed by an update from Sergey Slager – former Ukrainian orphan and now missionary to the orphans of Ukraine.  Our global orphan care session will feature Every Orphan’s Hope & Sweet Sleep.  Our day ends with a Q & A panel where you can ask questions of foster/adoptive parents and professionals.

Doors open at 9am, there is no registration fee but a free-will offering will be taken.  The first 20 people through the door will receive a free copy of Becoming Home:  Adoption, Foster Care, and Mentoring – Living Out God’s Heart For Orphans by Jedd Medefind.   Informational booths will be hosted by Albany County Foster Care, Cross Culture Market, Northeast Parent & Child Society, Parsons Child & Family Center, Orphan Sunday, Every Orphan’s Hope, Sweet Sleep, St. Catherine’s, The Heart Gallery, Justice For Orphans, and more.

Come join us in defending the cause of the fatherless!  Click here to register:  Orphan Conference

H.I.S. Home For Children – Haiti

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  James 1:27

The chorus to Matthew West’s song Do Something says:

If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something

Well, Do Something, is exactly what Hal and Chris Nungester of Ohio did in 1999 when they saw the dire plight of the orphans in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  They established H.I.S (Haitian-Interdenominational-Shelter) For Children – an orphanage currently home to 80 orphans in 3 houses:  a main house for little ones and young girls displaced due to the 2010 earthquake, a boys home for school age boys, and a special needs house offering 24 hour care.

For over ten years, H.I.S. HOME for CHILDREN has developed a multi-faceted approach to meeting the needs of the children of Haiti. Their main focus has always been to address the safety and spiritual needs of these children by introducing them to the love of their savior, Jesus Christ. They also strive to meet their physical needs through shelter, medical care, proper nutrition and education.

The Nungester’s, adoptive parents themselves, have a heart to see orphans find families.  H.I.S. Home also partners with America World Adoption Association to facilitate legal adoptions of children from their orphanage.  To learn more visit their website at H.I.S. Home For Children, or check out America World Adoption for information on international adoption.

Read more: Matthew West – Do Something Lyrics | MetroLyrics