West Monroe, LA
Why did you decide to become a Connect 1:27 Church?
First West recognizes the need for Foster and Adoptive parents in NELA. In seeing the need, we realized we could tie it to our church’s mission and vision. By doing so, we can encourage our members to get involved.
What does your church do as a Connect 1:27 Church?
We had a Foster and Adoption Sunday where these ministries were highlighted. We also set up a Foster to Adopt fund to help families in our church with the costs associated with the process of fostering to adopt.
We hosted this area’s Foster Care banquet, and held a special Parent’s Night Out for those families a few weeks later.
We partnered with the DCFS and the LBCH to host the Quality Parenting Initiative.
We helped by providing some volunteers at Family Fun Day.
Is there a specific event or ministry in your church that supports Foster and Adoptive Families?
This is a new opportunity for First West, however, that does not mean God isn’t moving. We have had several families that have started and completed, or are currently in the process of being a foster parent and/or adoptive parent.
What is your advice to churches who are considering becoming involved in Foster and Adoption Ministry?
The need for foster and adoptive parents in this area is so great. We believe that taking care of the orphan is a mandated principle of Scripture. We are committed to that and would encourage other churches to do the same.