“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27
When James, the brother of Jesus, wrote these words, it was a call for believers to step up and clearly meet a genuine need that existed within the community – to care for the orphans and widows.
Some two millennia later, the call of the “Big ‘C’ Church” has not changed. We are still to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a world that desperately needs not only to hear the Gospel, but see it demonstrated.
One place this need is readily apparent is in our foster care and adoption communities in South Carolina. Our state has more than 4,000 children currently in foster care with some 800 that could be adopted.
While not everyone is called to meet this demand as a foster or adoptive parent, the Church has numerous opportunities to serve the foster care and adoption community. Things like:
Clothing drives for children
Backpacks for students in foster care
Supports for parents who are fostering or going through adoption
Creating family visitation rooms within local churches where biological and foster families can meet, creating opportunities for parents and their children to bond during the fostering period
Hosting luncheons for social workers who are carrying caseloads of children and families who are, all too often, in crisis.
The list can go on and on because the needs are ever present.
At Palmetto Family, we believe that foster care and adoption are truly pro-life issues, and we are working with Governor Henry McMaster to bring these issues to the forefront.
For the last several months, we have hosted a series of Foster Care & Adoption Task Force meetings to outline strategies to address the demands that our communities across the state are facing. Those meetings have included folks from across our state with experience and expertise in the “system” who are working in conjunction with SC Department of Social Services to bring recommendations and solutions to the table to meet needs in local communities.
This work will culminate on October 14th with the first Governor’s Summit on Foster Care and Adoption – Bringing Practical Solutions for the Palmetto State.
If foster care and adoption are important issues to you, we welcome your involvement with us as we work to bring strategies and solutions to the table. Please let us know who you are, and we look forward to involving you in our efforts to meet these needs.
Palmetto Family Council board member, Pastor Bill Monroe of Florence Baptist Temple, recently preached a sermon outlining the Four Pillars of Society — God, Family, Government and the Church — and how they are built from a biblical worldview.
As the Taliban have overtaken Afghanistan, the underground church is in serious danger.
As many as 8,000 Christians are in Afghanistan according to the most recent data from the Department of Justice. All of these fellow believers are in danger of persecution from the Taliban based solely on their Christian faith.
Twitter has blown up on the Afghanistan story with Hannah Ascol, of Founders Ministries in Cape Coral, FL taking to the social media platform with a stark contrast with church in America, saying…
We need to continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan, and as importantly, remain faithful to the work God has called us to in our own local churches.
“Is there any hope?” That’s the question we been asked so many times in the last year.
The concern for the direction of our country and State is directly linked to so many of the issues that you care about. With a strong and resounding “Yes!”, we believe there is hope for South Carolina and America.
But the hope we need is not found in the White House nor the Statehouse. Our Hope is found in churches and Christian homes across our state and nation.
This fall, our Pastor’s Network will be hosting The Gospel Changes Everything tour. We will host pastors and Ministry leaders in a roundtable format as we discuss the issues we face today and how the gospel is the only answer.
Beyond the amazing, sheer athleticism of some of our world’s top competitors in this year’s Olympic Games has been the awe-inspiring credit that so many Christian athletes have ceded to God when the spotlight has been on them.
Whether it’s America’s Tamyrah Mensah-Stock, who won an Olympic gold medal in wrestling,
America’s Sydney McLaughlin, who won an Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles by beating her own world record,
Fiji’s rugby team which knelt in prayer to thank God after winning the gold,
South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker, who not only set a new Olympic record in the 200 breaststroke but did it wearing a Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone) swim cap, there is nothing better than fellow believers proclaiming her faith on the World Stage.
It begs the simple question: Where is the stage of your life where God has you – the place from which you can proclaim Him?
Maybe you’re a teacher getting ready to head back into one of our thousands of classrooms across the state.
Maybe you’re a doctor or nurse heading into the hospital for another long shift.
Maybe you’re a Bible study leader preparing for small group with the weight of a family issue tugging at your last thread of hope.
Whatever the stage, God has a clear message for you. As Jeremiah wrote, “The LORD gave me this message: ‘I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.’” (Jeremiah 1:4-5 NLT)
Need help finding the place or the part God has uniquely designed for you? Let us help you get connected with ministry opportunities across our state.