Orphan Care

Our mission

To educate and involve Shady Oaks Baptist Church in adoption, foster and orphan care in our community and throughout the world, embracing the spirit of adoption according to biblical principles. To attend to the fatherless by raising awareness of their current needs, providing support to families of adopted and foster children, committing to pray for them and connecting these children to families to the life and love of Christ.

Caring for Orphans

“The deepest and strongest foundation for adoption is located not in the act of humans adopting humans, but in God adopting humans. And this act is not part of His ordinary providence in the world; it is at the heart of the Gospel.” -John Piper

Why Orphan Care

The Bible is clear that caring for orphans is not reserved to a select few, but rather every Christ follower is called to love the orphan in some capacity. It’s the realization that we were once fatherless but were rescued by a compassionate God and adopted into His family.

  • It is estimated that there are 143 million orphans worldwide (recent UNICEF report). However, the UNICEF numbers don’t include abandonment (millions of children) as well as sold and/or trafficked children.
  • Approximately 26,000 to 30,000 children under the age of 5 living in extreme poverty die each day.
  • Child-headed households are becoming more common as potential guardians succumb to AIDS or other causes of death.
The Solution

The church of Jesus Christ is the most powerful force in the world. Understanding that the life of the church is the heart of God, and that the heart of God is to serve a broken world – we believe that Jesus has commanded the Church to be the solution.

“Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” – James 1:27

If you have any questions, please reach out to Phyllis Kapp.

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” – John 14:18

Adoption and Foster Care Questionnaire

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Resources

Books

The Gospel & Adoption: Gospel for Life Series – Russell Moore & Andrew T. Walker

Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches – Russell Moore

Adoption: What Joseph of Nazareth Can Teach Us About This Countercultural Choice – Russell Moore

A Passion for the Fatherless: Developing a God-Centered Ministry to Orphans – Daniel J Bennett

Orphan Justice: How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adopting – Johnny Carr

Orphanology: Awakening to Gospel-Centered Adoption and Orphan Care – Tony Merida & Rick Morton

Know Orphans: Mobilizing the Church for Global Orphanology – Rick Morton

This Means War: Equipping Christian Families for Foster Care or Adoption – Cheryl Sasai Ellicott

Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father – Dan Cruver, editor

You Can Adopt Without Debt – Julie Gumm

The Connected Child – Karyn Purvis

Agencies

Bethany Christian Services

Gladney Center for Adoption

Lifeline Children’s Services

Texas Baptist Home for Children

Life Song for Orphans

Websites & Articles

Adoption Story – David Platt

“Adoption: The Heart of the Gospel” – John Piper

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) Adoption Resources

“How Adoption Preaches the Gospel and Why We Must Let It” – Jason Johnson

Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO)

Show Hope

Lifesong for Orphans

Empowered to Connect

“15 Ways to Be a Foster Care Friendly Church”

“5 Facts About Adoption in America”

“Orphans, Adoption, and the Heart of the Gospel”

All in Family Ministries

“9 Things You Should Know About Adoption”

“5 Facts About Foster Care”