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GIVING TUESDAY

Justice For Orphans is an all volunteer-run  nonprofit ministry working to inspire, educate and equip the Body of Christ toward adoption, foster care, and wrap-around ministry.  A huge part of what we do is our weekly radio program, Orphans No More, which airs on local Christian radio.  We are nearing our 200th episode!  All of our past shows can be heard right from this website.  Our team also hosts conferences, speaks at events, works with the local foster care community, leads Orphan Sunday and trains foster and adoptive families in parenting kids from hard places.  We have seen a tremendous amount of fruit this year as children will be spending their very first Christmas in their forever family!  And we also hear from so many families who are encouraged to continue the hard work of foster care and adoption because of JFO.  In order to continue this movement into 2017 we need your support.  Would you please consider a gift of any amount to help us help vulnerable children and families?  Thank you for your generosity.  We at JFO wish you and your family a very blessed Christmas and New Year!

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 Active.com!  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.

Orphans No More – Part 1 Spirit of Adoption

For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.  In love He predestined us for adoption to Sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will.  Ephesians 1:4-5

According to the above Scripture we have been adopted by our Heavenly Father, but are you living like a son or daughter or are you living like an orphan?

The whole idea of adoption was created by God and modeled for us in the Gospel.  I’ve been a Christian for almost 30 years and today I understand my salvation better than ever as a result of having physically adopted 5 children.  Before God adopted us – we were orphans.  We did not belong to the family of God.  When we come to Christ and receive salvation in God’s merciful love, He didn’t stop there.  It would have been enough just to have been saved from sin, but He gave us so much more.  He gave us a new name, a new family, and a new life.  We became sons and daughters with a hope, a future, and an inheritance.

God didn’t adopt us because He needed kids.  He wanted kids but He didn’t need them.  He adopted us because we needed a Father.  John 1:12 says Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.  We became His children.  And 1 John 3:1 says See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  And that is what we are!  

When my husband Wayne and I traveled to Ukraine 7 years ago to adopt, we didn’t go because we needed kids; we already had 4.  But God put an ache in our hearts for orphans who had no family.  We adopted 3 siblings who became our children.  They had living birth parents whose parental rights had been removed due to neglect, alcoholism, and abandonment.  When we adopted our kids they got a new family – a mom and dad, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents and cousins.  They got everything our biological kids were entitled to.  To us there is no difference because there is no difference.

Spiritual adoption does the same thing.  In Christ we get a new family, a Heavenly Father, a church family – brothers and sisters in Christ.  We become joint-heirs with Christ the Son of God.  Romans 8:17 says Now if we are children, then we are heirs, heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ the Son of God.  

When we accept Christ as our Savior we begin using a new name – Christian.  “Christian” is the family name.  It’s our identity.  The same thing happens with physical adoption.  When we adopted our Ukrainian-born kids they became Flachs.  They literally got new birth certificates with their new names and our names as parents.  And after they arrived in the United States, they got new citizenship papers declaring them U.S. citizens.  As Christians our name gets listed in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  We get new citizenship papers too – to the Kingdom of God.

Adoption gives a child a new life.  They go from mere existence in an orphanage to living in a family.  They get freedom and new life.  As Christians we get a new life too.  We become new creations in Christ.

Adoption is the Gospel and it’s also warfare.  When Christians adopt a child they are taking that child out of the darkness and bringing him into the Light of a Christian home, a place where they can learn about their Heavenly Father and Jesus their Savior.  Our adopted kids have all accepted Christ.  That is a huge threat to the kingdom of darkness just as when a sinner becomes a son.  1 Peter 2:9 says But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s chosen possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.  

Adoption is not natural.  Adoption is divine.  We have been adopted.  Moses was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter which is the first recorded adoption.  Esther was adopted by her cousin Mordecai.  And Jesus was adopted by Joseph the carpenter.  Adoption is the heartbeat of the Father.  He adopted us into His family.  He gave us a new name, a new identity.  He gave us a new future and an inheritance.  Physical adoption of children models the Gospel.  We are no longer orphans.  

The Lord rescues and redeems.  Physical adoption is a model of what God does for us in the spiritual.  Left in our sinful state we would be headed to death and hell.  I know what future my adopted kids would have faced if they’d remained in a Ukrainian orphanage.  Death and hell about sums it up.

Another way physical adoption reflects spiritual adoption is in the ransom paid.  Adoption is ridiculously expensive.  That’s because the enemy opposes it.  When we were in Ukraine 4 years ago for our 2nd adoption, I felt like we were being held for ransom.  We were there for 4 weeks (I know that’s short for Ukrainian adoption) and just wanted to bring our son home.  But everyday there was some document that needed to be processed and some fee that needed to be paid.  I was really struggling with the process and spent some time in prayer.  The Lord reminded me that He paid the ultimate price for me – the life of His Son.  And let’s not forget that Jesus was ransomed for 30 pieces of silver.  It’s not pretty – it’s warfare!

Adoption also requires sacrifice.  God sacrificed His only Son to adopt us.  Physical adoption also requires sacrifice.  Adoptive families sacrifice time, money, and most of all – self.  It’s true die-to-self living.

In closing, I’ll leave you with 1 John 3:16-18 – This is how we know what love is:  Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.  If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?  Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with action and in truth.  Sounds like adoption to me.

Orphans No More – Part 1:  Spirit of Adoption, by Sandra Flach.

Be Doers of the Word

James 1:22 challenges us to be doers of the Word not just “hearers” and that’s just 5 verses before the Church is given the assignment in James 1:27 to look after orphans.

Recently we sat down with Cher Joseph, Adoption Case Worker and Home Finder for Albany County Dept. For Children, Youth, & Family  albanycounty.com.  We discussed the fact that there are over 20,000 children in foster care in New York State.  Cher echoed the great need for foster parents in the Capital District, especially for African American and Latino families and families willing to foster teens and sibling groups of 3+ kids.  There are about 400,000 children in foster care in the United States.  That means there are kids right in our own back yard in need of families.  At JFO we believe if the Church will be doers of the Word we can make an impact on the foster care system.  We can be that safe, loving home for a child until they can be reunified with their biological family, or sometimes fostering can lead to adoption, and we can be that forever family every child deserves.

To learn more about becoming a foster parent in Albany County call the foster care line at 518-447-7515 or email at Michelle.Dowe@albanycounty.com.  The next Foster Parent Orientations will be Tuesday, May 6th at 2pm and 5pm at their office on 112 State St., Albany, NY. Call ahead to register.

May is Foster Care Awareness Month and Albany County will be celebrating with their 5th Annual Foster Care Awareness Walk on Tuesday, May 13th at 5:15pm at The Crossings of Colonie – South Pavilion – 580 Albany Shaker Rd., Loudonville, NY.  Cher Joseph will also be representing Albany County Dept. For Children, Youth & Family at our Love In Action:  Finding Families For NY’s Waiting Children event on Friday, May 16th.  For more details on this event click on “Events” and “Love In Action” right here on our website.

To hear the Orphans No More interview with Cher Joseph click on “Events” and then “Radio Show” – the interview dated 4/25/14 will be available soon.

Orphan Sunday Celebrations!

We at Justice For Orphans were blessed to be part of 2 Orphan Sunday celebrations on 11/3!  Mary Slager hosted the event at Gospel Community Church in Coxsackie, NY.  The morning included a balloon release and prayer for orphans, the video presentation “You Will Be Found – Glimpses of Orphan Sunday in Ukraine” and a personal testimony from former Ukrainian orphan, Sergey Slager.  Serg is a 22 year old young man who was adopted at age 9 by the Slagers.  He has a heart for the orphans in Ukraine and will be returning to Ukraine in January to participate with YWAM’s Discipleship Training School.  He desires to go be equipped to walk out the vision God has given him to minister to Ukraine’s orphans!

Sign Up For Our 2nd Annual Orphan Conference!

Things are coming together for the 10/26 conference!  Come explore God’s heart for the orphan!  Learn how to be more effective through adoption, foster care, and global orphan care.  Come and gather information, be encouraged, and get inspired to answer God’s call to His Church to care for orphans:  Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this – to look after orphans and widows in their distress…James 1:27.  We’ve got some amazing guest speakers we are so excited about!  Patty Lococo is an adoptive mom from the Hudson Valley.  She and her husband, Tom, have 6 children.  They have adopted 3 internationally:  a daughter from Guatemala, a son from Ethiopia, and most recently a little girl with Down Syndrome from Ukraine.  Patty has come to be very active in advocating for special needs orphans.  Nanette Foster is a foster care mom whose horse farm ministry brings foster care girls and horses together to heal the broken hearts of both.  She is the founder of The Homestead at Autumn Run Stables- a specialty foster care home for girls ages 10-18 and A Horse Adventure – an Equine Assisted Christ-Centered Counseling program for at-risk youth and their families.  Sergey Slager and Andrii Flach, young adult adoptees, will be sharing their stories as they both have been adopted from Ukraine.  We will round out the agenda with Justice For Orphans, Orphan Sunday, Ornaments For Orphans, Global Orphan Care ideas from Cambodia and Ukraine, and a Q & A Panel of professionals.  Our vendor booths will include:  Justice For Orphans, Orphan Sunday, Parsons (foster care), Northeast Parent Child Society (foster care), Albany County (foster care), Bethany Christian Services (adoption),America World Adoption Agency (adoption), Ornaments For Orphans, Marilyn Kriss (fair trade), and Just Love Coffee Roasters.  This is a free conference and includes lunch!  Please sign up on this website to let us know you’re coming!

Calling Christians to Foster Care

There are over 400,000 children in the foster care system in the United States.  Over 20,000 of them are in New York State alone.  Approximately 250,000 children enter the foster care system each year. Of the 400,000+ waiting kids, 100,000 of them are available for adoption.   And yet, there are over 350,000 churches in the United States.  If one family from each church stepped up and answered God’s call to care for orphans by taking one or two of these kids, there would be zero children in the system waiting for homes.  It’s not the government’s job to care for orphans.  God makes it very clear in James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  to look after orphans and widows in their distress…  that it is the Church’s job!  We would like to challenge you as individuals, as families, and as churches to pray about what the Lord would have you to do on behalf of the fatherless.  God will answer, and there will be something He will lead you to do.  Would you consider becoming a foster parent?  Go to our Foster Care page to find links to local agencies that can help you take the first step.  We invite you to tune in to our radio show Orphans No More on Friday 9/13 at 1:30pm or on Sunday 9/15 at 10:30am on The New Light WDCD 96.7fm (stream live online too) to learn more about how you can become a foster parent!

Partnering with The Sound of Life radio!

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with The Sound of Life radio ministry!  This fall you will be hearing much more of Justice For Orphans on the air waves.  The Sound of Life covers a good portion of eastern NY as well as parts of MA, VT, NJ, and PA.  You can stream them live from the internet as well.  Sound of Life has a heart for orphans and supports local ministry.  We will be on the air daily with 1 minute weekly features and a huge campaign during November to kick off Orphan Sunday and National Adoption Awareness Month.  Learn more about the station at:  http://soundoflife.org/