I will not leave you as orphans I will come to you

john 14:18

By God’s overflow of mercy and grace, we have been adopted into His family. While once orphans, we have been rescued by love. This reality changes everything!

He has set His love on us. And by the power of His Spirit, we are freed to set our love on orphans, caring for them as family and pointing them to our Savior, for the glory of His name.

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“In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” GALATIANS 4:3-7

We were all orphans, without a good and loving Heavenly Father. In our sin, we stood separate from Him and without hope. But through Jesus and his life, death, and resurrection, we are forgiven of our sins. And His love goes even further. We are also adopted as His children. We are embraced into His family and into relationship with Him, given a new identity and an eternal inheritance. What great news! What great love!

As His cherished sons and daughters, the gospel has great motivations and implications for us – not because of charity or sense of duty – but because the love God set upon us is powerful and compels us to love others as we have been loved. It rescues us to love. And God cares deeply about loving the orphan and calls us – His children, His disciples – to care, too. Caring for the orphan – as God so sacrificially cared for us – demonstrates and declares this love, this gospel to our city, to our nation, to our world, to ourselves. Each of us has a role; no one is exempt. Let’s respond in obedience to share in God’s mission of rescue, by remembering our own. Let’s care for the orphan, for His glory.

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There are many ways to care and support the orphan, locally and globally.

And even with so many ways, we all have one thing in common: we live in and around Austin.

There are children in our city who need care and support, so while we hope to help you navigate the many options available locally and globally, most of our efforts today will be focused in Austin through the For the City Network's Foster Care Initiative.

To stay updated on ways to care for the orphan locally and globally through the Austin Stone,
JOIN the Orphan Care Network group on The City
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foster care

In our city, there are over 1,400 children in foster care, many of whom are able to be adopted. They are in great need of love, support, and stability, and God has called us to care for these children, right here in Austin. From advocating for a child in court, babysitting for a foster family, offering prayer and financial support, mentoring a teenager who is aging out of the system, or becoming certified to foster-to-adopt a child into your home, there is a role and a place for everyone, no matter your stage of life.

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domestic and int’l adoption

Adoption is at the heart of the gospel, and with over 18 million children domestically and internationally who need a forever family, the church has an amazing opportunity to demonstrate the gospel through adopting children into families. There are many great agencies and organizations available to support and encourage you through this journey.

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int’l orphan care

There are 163 million orphans worldwide. While most of these children are not currently able to be adopted, they are still in need of much support and care. Through child sponsorships and mission trips, we have an opportunity to help these orphans experience renewal and restoration wherever they live.

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