God loves Orphans
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. – James 1:27
The Orphans’ Offering Ministry of Upper Room Ministries was created several years ago by one of our Pastors in direct effort to obey God’s Word by showing love to the foster children of North Central Florida.
In Florida each year, there are 9,000 to 10,000 children who are not able to live at home or sleep in their own beds. An adult in their family abused or neglected them. It is no longer safe to live at home, at least for awhile ... but perhaps forever. These children are newborns; they are middle schoolers; they are teenagers; they have brothers and sisters in the same boat; they are all races and nationalities; a few have serious medical problems and handicaps; most have hidden wounds on their souls. Where do these children go when they can no longer remain safely in their homes? If there are no relatives able to care for them, then they are placed with a foster family. Foster parents are special people — they possess the gift of being able to open their hearts and homes to children in need of safety, love and nurturing, and, when the time is right, to let them go again. What sets foster parents apart is their ability to love a child like one of their own, regardless of whether the child lives with them for a month or for more than a year. Foster parents have the challenging task of providing an atmosphere that helps a child heal and prepare to go back home, if possible, or on to a new permanent home. Foster parents are a vital resource for these children as they wait in limbo, between a past that was painful and a future that's uncertain.
How Do We Help
We partner with Partnership For Strong Families, Inc.
How You Can Help
We offer a variety of ways you can help abused and neglected children in North Central Florida. Through your gift of time, in-kind, or financial support, can make a difference in the lives of the over 1500 children we serve annually.
Your tax-deductible donation will demonstrate your commitment to abused and neglected children. Monetary donations help fund our monthly donation program. There's no shortage of need for the families that we serve.
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