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Celebrating Our 200th Episode of Orphans No More!!!

We are so excited to celebrate the 200th episode of our radio program, Orphans No More!  It amazes us that we’ve been on the air for 4 years now.  As JFO was being birthed our mission was clear:  defend the cause of the fatherless by advocating for Christians to adopt, foster and care for orphans & families.  Almost immediately the Lord opened the door to this radio show opportunity.   Our team realized that Christian radio combined with social media would be an effective way to inspire, educate and equip the body of Christ to walk out James 1:27.  With virtually no experience in broadcasting or communications, we stepped through the door by faith and here we are 200 shows later.

Our show director and host, Sandra Flach (executive director of JFO), has had the privilege of interviewing  foster and adoptive families, agency professionals,  and orphan ministry leaders locally and nationwide.  Thanks to technology and the creative skills of WDCD producer, Kenneth Burns, the team has interviewed guests from around the globe as well.

In honor of the 200th show former cohost and cofounder of JFO, Mary Slager, joins Flach for the celebratory episode.  Slager stepped down from the show 3 years ago but hasn’t retired.  At age 72 she and her husband still have a houseful of children.  They recently adopted a boy they had been fostering and continue to foster and provide respite.

Orphans No More airs Fridays at 1:30pm EST on The New Light WDCD 96.7fm or 1540am Albany, NY, and can also be streamed live from the station website.  The station also rebroadcasts each show Sundays at 10:30am and Wednesdays at 1:30pm.  Past episodes of the broadcast, including the 200th show from August 11, 2017, can be found right on this website by clicking on “Radio Show” and then “Orphans No More.”  Give a listen and let us know what you think!

 

JFO Spring News Letter is here!

Click here to read our Spring News Letter!  Find out what we’ve been up to and what is coming up this summer!

Empowered To Connect Parent Training

Empowered To Connect Parent Training is an interactive learning experience specifically designed for adoptive and foster parents and is based on the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) model developed by the late Dr. Karyn Purvis,  author of The Connect Child, and her colleagues at TCU Institute of Child Development.  The training is taught from a Christian perspective and reinforces the fact the we are all made in the image of a loving, relational God who has created us to connect in relationship – both with Him and with others.

We at JFO are pleased to announce that our very own co-founder and Executive Director, Sandra Flach, and her husband Wayne are certified Empowered To Connect Parent Trainers.  Flach says, “We are thrilled to be able to offer NY families this excellent and imperative training.  As adoptive parents with 30 years of parenting experience, we know what works and what doesn’t.  We’re not perfect parents.  We’ve parented our adopted children the wrong way for years, but now thanks to ETC we have the right tools and they work.  ETC Parent Training brought hope and healing to our family and we want to bring the same to others.”

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The Flach’s are available to bring the 9 week ETC Connect Course to area churches so local foster and adoptive parents can access this training.  Foster families can also earn training credit hours.  If you’re interested in taking the Connect Course and/or hosting it at your church email sandraflachjfo@gmail.com for scheduling details.

 

 

Merry Christmas 2016 & Happy New Year from JFO!

Our JFO team wishes you a very Blessed Christmas & Happy New Year!  Please check out our recent news letter here:

JFO News Letter December 2016

Join us For: ORPHAN CONFERENCE 2016

Did you know that there are approximately 163 million orphans globally?  Or that there are over 300,000 kids in the U.S. foster care system?  Did you know that NY State has more than 25,000 kids in foster care – some of the highest numbers in the country?  And over 1,000 of them are right here in the Capital District?  Did you know that it is YOUR responsibility to do something about it?

Six years ago I didn’t know these things either…and I was an adoptive mom of 5 kids.  We began our journey because God led us on it and we stepped out in faith.  But, after preparing an Orphan Sunday event at our church and learning not only the statistics but also the Scriptures – I began asking, “Who is doing something about this?”  I knew if, as an adoptive mom, I didn’t know, then the people sitting next to me in church did not know either.  This is how Justice For Orphans was born.  And this is our mission:  To rally the Church for the cause of the fatherless – To educate & inspire Christians toward adoption and foster care – To support & educate foster & adoptive parents.

Pure and faultless religion in the sight of God our Father is this…that we must care for orphans…James 1:27

If you would like to learn how you can walk out James 1:27 then join us on Saturday, October 22nd in Rexford, NY.  Come be encouraged and equipped to protect the fatherless through orphan ministry, adoption, and foster care.  Details and registration on this website here.

 

5K Run or Walk For Orphans – Saturday 10/15/16 in Ravena, NY!

Join us for our 3rd annual 5K Run or Walk For Orphans on Saturday 10/15/16!  Registration is at 9am, step off is 10am and awards are at 11am all at Faith Plaza in Ravena, NY

JFO is an all-volunteer fun organization and the 5K is our only fund raising event of the year.  We need YOUR SUPPORT to continue our ministry of encouraging & equipping Christians to protect the fatherless.  Your generous gifts keep us on the radio, permit us to host adoption/foster care events, and allow us to train families parenting kids from hard places.

Come on out on 10/15 and run or walk for a good cause.  Bring the family and stay the day for Abounding Love Christian Fellowship’s annual Harvest Festival – free fall family fun for all.

PRE-REGISTER for the 5K at:  Active.com

 

Together We Rise – Local Foster Care Fundraiser / Orphan Sunday Project

In partnership with Abounding Love Christian Fellowship of Ravena, NY, we are collaborating to raise $2,000 to provide Sweet Cases to local foster kids.  When a child suddenly enters foster care they often lose everything they had.  If they are able to take any personal belongings with them they are usually stuffed into a garbage bag.  Sweet Cases are new duffle bags filled with a hygiene case, a blanket and a teddy bear.  For every $25 raised – a Sweet Case will be sent to us.  From now until October 9th we will be raising funds to purchase as many Sweet Cases as possible which we will in turn donate to Northeast Parent & Child Society in Catskill, NY.  All the bags will be on display at Abounding Love on 11/13/16 – Orphan Sunday, and then they will go to local kids in foster care.  To donate any dollar amount go to this link:  Togetherwerise.org/fundraise/aboundinglovechristianfellowship

 

 

Join us for “An Evening With Sergey Slager”

Join us for “An Evening With Sergey Slager” on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 at 7pm at Abounding Love Christian Fellowship in Ravena, NY.

Sergey was an orphan in Ukraine when he was adopted by a local family along with his 3 siblings in 1999.  He has experienced both physical and spiritual adoption – he is no longer an orphan but a son.  Today, Sergey serves on the mission field back in Ukraine ministering to orphans and mentoring boys who age-out of orphanages.  Join us as Sergey shares his testimony and tales of his adventures on the mission field in Ukraine.  A love offering will be taken the evening of the event to bless Sergey and his ministry as he returns to Ukraine in September with a 3 year commitment to serve there.

If you have questions please call 518-779-2279.

Abounding Love Christian Fellowship is located at 2480 US Rt. 9W, Ravena, NY  12143 (inside Faith Plaza).

 

No Longer An Orphan – Part 2

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “Plans to prosper you and to not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”  

Jeremiah 29:11 is an applicable verse for Diana Prihodko, a young woman who is no longer an orphan but a precious daughter.  Her testimony is a true beauty from ashes journey.  Diana was born in Ukraine and raised by her alcoholic, abusive mother.  At age 9, after nearly being beaten to death by her mom, she ran away to the streets of Kiev.  Her memories of that time include being cold, finding security in a gang, and sniffing glue to dull the hunger in her stomach.  God’s hand was upon her though as she fled the ever increasing darkness of gang life to find refuge in a Christian ministry to Kiev’s street kids – Father’s House.  While at Father’s House Diana came to know the Lord.  She also met an American man, Bob Loehman, who visited the orphanage on a short term mission trip.  Bob was so moved by Diana’s story, and the physical scars she bore from her abusive mother that he advocated for medical treatment for her in the States.  Diana spent over 2 years in the U.S. with Bob and his family as she underwent multiple extensive surgeries to treat the scars left from burns and cuts.  Diana returned to Ukraine due to Visa restrictions and continued living at Father’s House until she met another American visiting on a short term trip – Tara Quinn.  A special connection grew between Tara and Diana which led to the Quinn family adopting Diana at age 16.  Adjusting to family life after being an orphan for so many years was not easy but Tara’s constant, healing, prayerful pursuit of Diana’s heart made all the difference.  Today, Diana is a wife and mom herself and ambassador of vulnerable children everywhere.  She is no longer an orphan, but a daughter of the Quinn’s and a daughter of the King!

To hear our recorded conversation with Diana Prihodko, look for the interview dated 6/3/16 under “Radio Show” on this website.

No Longer An Orphan – Part 1

Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

As we seek justice – aka a family for every orphan, we have had the privilege of meeting some amazing men and women along the way.  Individuals who were once orphans, living on the street, or bouncing around foster care.  Some were physically adopted into families but all were adopted into the family of God and are now sons and daughters of the King.  It is their faith and tenacity that have inspired this series of articles because they are no longer orphans – praise God!

Stephen Stewart is a Capital Region college student majoring in music therapy, a song writer, and is a youth pastor & worship leader at City Church in Albany, NY.  God and music are his passions.  But Stephen was also a foster kid.  When he was 6 years old he was separated from his siblings when they all went into foster care.  He bounced from foster home to foster home for the next 6 years.  Stephen states, “I felt lonely, floating, scared, like a 2nd class citizen, and always missing my mom and siblings.”  Stephen and his brother and sister were reunited with their mom for a few years, but that went sour once again.  Just before his 16th birthday he called the youth pastor of the church where he attended youth group confessing that he was running away to the streets.  His youth pastor connected Stephen with an elderly, retired missionary couple who took him in that night.  Torre and Jean Bissell loved him into the Kingdom.  Stephen shares, “They 100% took me in.  I finally felt safe and like I belonged.  They loved me no matter what.  They relentlessly loved me and told me so.  The Bissell’s didn’t try to change me, they loved me when I was unloveable.”  In the Bissell’s home at age 17, Stephen gave his life to Christ, changing the course of his life forever.  From that point on the Lord began giving Stephen music.  He’s just recorded his first album about his story called “And Home is Where YOU Are” – Stephen knows that home is where his Heavenly Father is.  And he is no longer an orphan.

To hear our recorded interview with Stephen go to the radio show menu on this website and look for the interview dated 5/13/16.  You can access Stephen’s music  on I-Tunes at StephenS – look for “And Home is Where YOU Are”