Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Heart for the Orphan

Did you know that there are an estimated 132 million orphans worldwide?  Last week, Sandhills MOPS hosted an Adoption and Foster Panel, and we received a glimpse into the lives of four incredible moms who were led to adopt and/or host one of these orphans. Every momma left last week's meeting with hope filled hearts after listening to the testimony from these inspiring moms. We heard from two of our own moms, Erin Cochran- who is molding the Adoption & Foster Care Ministry at Christ Community Church, while also nearing completion on an international adoption, and Holly Kaun- a stay at home mom of two who just started a domestic adoption.  We also welcomed Leia Capps,  the owner of Sage Harvest Gourmet Jerky in Southern Pines and mom to six children (4 were adopted internationally), and author/speaker/blogger Michelle Cuthrell who has three children (1 adopted internationally) and who is hosting an orphan for the second time this December.  These moms are a true testimony of Christ's love for the orphan, and while their stories varied, each of them shared the same underlying theme which is best summed up with a quote from Michelle Cuthrell "...it doesn't take perfect families to make perfect homes for superheroes-in-waiting, it takes the PERFECT LOVE of a PERFECT GOD poured out through the willing and available hands of imperfect people." This resonated within our group, because none of us are perfect, and there are days where caring for the children we have seems impossible; but, these ladies assured us that a willing heart and the love of GOD makes ANYTHING possible!

Pictured left to right:  Erin Cochran, Holly Kaun, Leia Capps, Michelle Cuthrell

 Holly holds up one of the 'Steadfast + Immovable' shirts sold by Sage Harvest- who donates 100% of the shirt profits to a featured family to help offset the costly adoption process. Holly's family is the featured family this month.
While not all families are situated to adopt or foster, we are all called to care for the orphan one way or another, and this can be as simple as supporting a local ministry or family, or by supporting a business that donates to orphan causes, like Sage Harvest. Sandhills MOPS is also contributing to the cause by hosting a year long book fair where a portion of your book purchases is given back to MOPS to buy books for Christ Community Church's Adoption and Foster Care Ministry families who are welcoming a child.   Share our page with your friends and family so they can shop for a cause all year long at www.usbornebooksreadingnook.com.  Add some wonderful Christmas gifts to your cart for your family and at checkout, choose "Sandhills MOPS Book Fair" to share books with children who are finding their forever home!


As we near November, which is National Adoption Awareness Month, we urge all of you who are feeling a nudge to adopt, foster, or host, to learn more and pursue the calling.  Sandhills MOPS thanks our Adoption and Foster Care Panel for speaking to us and we wish many blessings upon your beautiful hearts and families!

 It's craft day next time at MOPS, and a local children's author visits us to help kick off Random Acts of Kindness month!






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