Morningview’s orphan care ministry is known as BeLoved. The Bible tells us that the beloved of God are those who are called by God. Those called by God belong to His family. As the beloved, God has a covenant love for His children that is special and precious. God’s love transforms the beloved into new creations who die to themselves every day, produce good fruit and love others. The others include orphans who are given a special emphasis, along with widows, by our faithful Father. (James 1:27) As the beloved, we are the most perfectly weak vessel that God has created and chosen for this work of displaying Christ’s love. Our prayer is that our fellowship will be faithful to this biblical calling.
All of the believers in Christ at Morningview Baptist Church are adopted. Some of us were adopted as children. Others were adopted at a more mature age. Regardless, all of us at one time were separated from God. When we were separated, we did not possess any physical, mental or spiritual trait that made us attractive to God. In fact, as sinners we deserved His judgment. Instead, God graciously adopted us through the person and work of Jesus Christ into His family. Ephesians 1:4-5 tells us: … In love he predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will. We are his children. For those God calls to adopt; BeLoved is a ministry at Morningview that will encourage, support and love them through all aspects of the adoption journey. We desire to pray with and for them as they determine the Lord’s Will, provide them with resources as needed along the journey and rejoice with them as they welcome a precious child into their family. We, along with our congregation will support them through the often tiring and difficult days of transition while blessing them with food, necessities, and prayer.
In obedience to Scripture, we cannot and will not sit idly by while children in the Montgomery area are in need of a Christian home that will provide for their deepest temporal and spiritual needs. We long to show God’s love in Montgomery in a way that not only serves the children around us, but ultimately honors the Father to the fatherless (Psalm 68:5). The need for foster parents is great. The opportunities to share Christ in this area of our society are many. All of us are compassionate people because our Savior is compassionate. All of us have wisdom to share because our Savior is all wise. In order to be a foster parent in Alabama, the parent(s) must be certified. But, being a foster parent does not require travel, a passport, or an expensive plane ticket. Will you be willing to share your compassion and your wisdom with foster children? God asks, “who shall I send?” Won’t you reply, “Here I am, send me!” BeLoved desires to serve our church family, the children in need in our state and the staff at DHR by offering certification classes, by providing loving homes for short term, long term and respite placements, by providing meals while families adjust to new placements, by establishing a supply/clothes closet of foster resources, by offering ongoing support and education resources, by working with DHR to minister to staff and enhance visitation rooms and by providing safe and loving homes for the “least of these” in our community.
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27
As imitators of Christ, we must defend orphans and the fatherless. Russell Moore, author of “Adopted for Life”, insightfully commenting on James 1:27 says, “We need a battalion of Christians ready to adopt, foster and minister to orphans, with all the brokenness and risk that comes with it. We need Christians who can reflect the adopting power of the gospel ….” Through BeLoved we intend to provide opportunities to serve, defend and protect the fatherless.
God created each of us with special gifts and talents. We hope to find a way to use our collective gifts and talents for His glory, as we seek to love the least of these. For some that may be through serving orphan ministries on mission trips, donating money towards an adoption, providing respite, meals, tutoring, cleaning, laundry for an exhausted foster/adoptive family, volunteering at a local home caring for children whose mothers are in prison, child sponsorship, orphan hosting, making blankets to send to orphans, or being a prayer warrior for a foster child. The opportunities are endless!
“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.” (Matthew 25:40).
When we consider this great truth of orphan care, we stand amazed that we were once children of wrath, but are now able to be called children of God. May that sacred truth be seared in our consciousness. May we constantly grow in the grace of Jesus Christ, realizing that we are counted among the Beloved. We do have in Him all the rights and privileges of being sons of God. May this truth increase our compassion for orphans as we seek to present Jesus Christ to the lost. May we not be hearers only, but doers of His word.