The Need is Overwhelming, but the Gospel is Compelling!

“The need is overwhelming, but the Gospel is compelling.”  – Jason Johnson

Last Friday we gathered together with Capital District pastors and others who have a heart to put God’s love into action for local foster youth.  Sandra Flach, JFO’s Executive Director, shared the statistics provided by NY’s Office for Children and Family Services (OCFS).  In the 7 county area of the Capital Region there are 806 children in foster care!  The breakdown by county is as follows:  Albany – 180, Schenectady – 195, Rensselaer – 135, Saratoga – 55, Schoharie – 36, Greene -101, and Columbia – 104.  A quick peak at reveals there are 620 churches in and around Albany alone.

The Church can easily outsource the need, but there’s just 1 problem – the Church has been asleep on this issue.

Jason Johnson shared from Galatians 4:4-7 showing us that the Gospel is a multigenerational story of redemption.  God sees us and comes to us longing to have an intimate relationship with us.  Christians are called to see the plight of children in need and come to them in relationship and to provide them with a hope and future.  We must do for kids in foster care what God our Father has done for us.  Jason also shared 3 implications of the Gospel in our orphan care message:  1 – Orphan care is a Gospel issue before it’s a government issue.  2 – Our objective is not simply to recruit people to meet a need.  It’s to disciple people to obey a command.  3 – We’re not all called to do the same thing, but we are all called to do something.

There are also 3 ways the Gospel is displayed in foster care and adoption:  1 – It’s just as much about pulling a child out of a broken story as it is us being pulled into one.  2 – Orphan care is a deeply spiritual battle which demands we stand for justice as all costs.  If not us then who?  3 – The call to lay down our life (resonates with foster care and adoption).  Bored Christians (our churches are filled with them)  need to find their life by losing it.  

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in action and in truth. 1 John 3:16-18

Let us, the Capital Region Church, put the love of God into action and be the family for New York’s foster youth!