This past spring, my wife, Rachel, and I felt God placed on our hearts the desire to adopt a child.
Often, when people hear that we are adopting I’m asked, “What country are you adopting from?” When I reply, “America,” people look at me a little perplexed.
I’ve found that many people tend to think about orphans in other countries, and not realize that we have an orphan issue of our own. In Washington State, there are currently 8,000 children in the foster care system, and just over 1,500 children are legally free and ready to be adopted.
Orphan care is an issue that the church needs to own (James 1:27). It’s about choosing life, caring for, and valuing children, while living out the gospel through redemptive relationships. In addition, this is a proactive way to break the cycle of homeless youth who “time out of the system” or are swept into sex trafficking.
As Christians, we are all adopted by God (Ephesians 1:5). We want to extend an invitation to you to hear about how people at Mars Hill can make a difference in the lives of orphans tomorrow, today, February 11 at Mars Hill Downtown Seattle from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Paul Freed is a deacon at the Downtown Seattle church.
Consider Foster Adoption: The Gospel in Action Informational Meeting
When: Saturday, February 11
Time: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Location: Mars Hill Church Downtown Seattle, 2333 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
What is adoption? What does the Bible say about caring for orphans? In the United States, what is the need, who are the children, and what does adoption practically look like?
Whether you are actively considering adopting a child, think it might be an interesting idea in the future, or simply want to know what is going on and how you can support others, please join us for this informational meeting.
Join your Mars Hill friends at this event as you hear:
- Teaching about the biblical principles of adoption
- Testimonies from Mars Hill couples who have experienced the adoption process
- Local Christian adoption agencies perspective and information
- Ask questions with our speakers during a Q&A panel
Light refreshments will be available. Childcare will not be provided, but children are welcome to join us in the event.
Free parking is available at the Art Institute garage on Elliott Ave and Battery St. Please bring your parking ticket and get it validated at the church.
This event is sponsored by the Mars Hill Adoption Group on The City. Our mission is to reflect the love and compassion of Jesus by encouraging, educating, and enabling Mars Hill Church families to provide homes to children in need of adoption. For more information on this event, please contact Rachel Freed.