Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…
— James 1:27

Mission

As Team 1:27 we exist to extend the gospel by promoting orphan care and encouraging families in every stage of the adoption and foster care process.

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families…

Psalm 68:5–6

He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.

Deuteronomy 10:18


Goals

See

We seek to periodically inform the church of the problem and bring awareness to the crisis that continues to develop around the world as well as in our own backyards. The problem is the abandonment of children left without a home or loving family. Here are some staggering examples of this problem we are facing:

140m

orphans worldwide
have lost one or both parents

50%

of the world's children
are devestated by poverty, conflict, and AIDS.

7,440

foster children
in Kansas

458

children awaiting adoption
in Kansas

Know

We desire for people to know the state of their souls before Christ and how they were indeed once orphans (John 14:18, Romans 8:15, Romans 8:23, Galatians 4:5, Ephesians 1:5, 1 John 3:1-2, John 1:12). We also seek to share how it is the church’s responsibility to move and fulfill the commands of God in loving the orphan in their distress, praying for their redemption and healing, and protecting them from harm (Isaiah 1:17, James 1:27).

Act

We desire to enable the church to act as the hands and feet to rescue and care for orphans and at-risk children. We work to provide opportunities and avenues for men, women, and children to tangibly work towards this cause.

 

Three Channels of Focus

ONE: Orphan Care

Our goal is to provide for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of orphans and waiting children.

Examples:

  • Involve other in mission trips to visit orphans in their distress and help other raise money to go on these trips

  • Participate in Operation Christmas Child

  • Sponsor a child, support them financially, and encourage through letters

  • Adopt a village/community overseas and help them mobilize indigenous orphan care, etc.

TWO: Domestic and International Adoption

Our goal is to provide a way to educate, encourage, and support families as they consider and pursue international or domestic adoption.

Examples:

  • Adopt a child through international, domestic, or foster care adoption

  • Contribute generously to an adoptive family to help offset their costs

  • Create a support group for adoptive families

  • Host informational meetings about adoptions and foster care

  • Create a resource list of people, websites, books, etc. for families interested in adoption

  • Provide individual family support as needed (prayer, meals, respite care, etc.)

THREE: Foster Care

Our goal is to provide a way to educate, encourage, and support families as they consider and pursue foster care.

Examples:

  • Raise up and support foster parents

  • Recruit and support adoptive parents of children in foster care

  • Host parenting classes to meet education requirements for foster parents

  • Help certify more families to provide respite care

  • CarePortal - New hope is a proud member of CarePortal, helping meet the specific needs of foster kids and families in our city. Contact Nate Harstine, point person at New Hope for this ministry, with questions and to get more involved.

 

Resources

 

Adoption Assistance

Because of periodic donations to Team 1:27's ministry, there are occasionally funds available to help people going through the adoption process.

 

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Team Leaders

Kirby & Cara LeMoine

Kirby and Cara have a heart for adoption and have adopted domestically and inter-racially. They are long-time New Hopers and enjoy helping lead the Armstrong LIFE Group.