I love getting little windows into the Christian orphan care movement around the country and beyond. This one came in the opening words of an Orphan Sunday talk given by a young mother and orphan advocate at Santa Barbara Community Church in southern California. It left me marveling at what this growing movement has meant in human lives–for children, adoptive and foster families, their friends and countless onlookers—within just one church community in southern California. It also reminds of the central importance of prayer to this work.
My name is Jenna Hayden and I believe in the power of prayer! Two and a half years ago a handful of locals began to pray in Christ’s name, that an orphan care and adoption culture would spread like wildfire in our community. I’m here to report that in that time period 20 children have been fostered and adopted, just through Santa Barbara Community Church families, and that makes a difference to: