Team 1:27

Adoption, Foster, and Orphan Care

Team 1:27 Logo

Team 1:27 exists to champion adoption, foster, and orphan care. This ministry takes its name from James 1:27—“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress...

Our Mission

As Team 1:27 we exist to extend the gospel by promoting orphan care and encouraging families in every stage of the adoption and foster care process.

  • Psalm 68:5-6 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families …
  • Deuteronomy 10:18 He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.

Our Objectives

See

We seek to periodically inform the church of the problem and bring awareness to the crisis that continues to develop around the world as well as in our own backyards. The problem is the abandonment of children left without a home or loving family. Here are some staggering examples of this problem we are facing:

  • Stat 1: There are now approximately 163 million orphans world-wide – children who have lost one or both parents.
  • Stat 2: Half the world’s children are devastated by poverty, conflict and AIDS.
  • Stat 3: Orphans are often easy prey to many forms of exploitation: forced labor, prostitution and child soldiering.s
  • Stat 4: There are currently 8,434 children in the Kansas foster care system; 90 children in Riley County entered foster care in 2012.
  • Stat 5: In 2012, 170 children in the Northern Kansas region were awaiting adoption (850 children awaiting adoption in the state of Kansas)

Know

We desire for people to know the state of their souls before Christ and how they were indeed once orphans. (John 14:18, Romans 8:15, Romans 8:23, Galatians 4:5, Ephesians 1:5, 1 John 3:1-2, John 1:12) We also seek to share how it is the church’s responsibility to move and fulfill the commands of God in loving the orphan in their distress, praying for their redemption and healing, and protecting them from harm. (Isaiah 1:17, James 1:27)

Act

We desire to enable the church to act as the hands and feet to rescue and care for orphans and at-risk children. We work to provide opportunities and avenues for men, women, and children to tangibly work towards this cause.

The Three Channels of Focus

1. Orphan Care -- Our goal is to provide for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of orphans and waiting children.      

     Examples:

  • Involve others in mission trips to visit the orphan in their distress; Help others raise money to go on these mission trips
  • Participate in Operation Christmas Child
  • Sponsor a child, support them financially, and encourage them through letters
  • Adopt a village/community overseas and help them mobilize indigenous orphan care, etc.

2. Domestic and International Adoption -- Our goal is to provide a way to educate, encourage, and support families as they consider and pursue international or domestic adoption.      

     Examples:

  • Adopt a child through international, domestic, or foster care adoption
  • Contribute generously to an adoptive family to help offset their costs; Create a support group for adoptive families
  • Host informational meetings about adoptions and foster care
  • Create a resource list of people, websites, books, etc. for families interested in adoption
  • Provide individual family support as needed (prayer, meals, respite care, etc.)

3. Foster Care -- Our goal is to provide a way to educate, encourage, and support families as they consider and pursue foster care.      

     Examples:

  • Raise up and support foster parents
  • Recruit and support adoptive parents of children in foster care
  • Host parenting classes to meet education requirements for foster parents
  • Help certify more families to provide respite care
  • CarePortal - New Hope is a proud partner member of CarePortal, helping meet the specific needs of foster kids and families in our city.  Contact Nate Harstine, point person at New Hope for this ministry, with questions and to get more involved.

Resources

Adoption Assistance

Because of periodic donations to Team 1:27's ministry, there are occasionally funds available to help people going through the adoption process. If you're interested in applying for this type of funds assistance, please fill out the form below. Instructions are at the top of the form. Below is the application form in two different formats for your convenience:

Families Involved

Deaver family photo

Ben and Maris Deaver

have a heart for adoption and orphan care

Ben and Maris Deaver are long time New Hopers and have long considered adoption as a way to practice the Gospel and grow their family. They lead a Monday night LIFE Group. Ben is also the Associate Pastor on staff with New Hope.

The Harstines

Nate and Melissa Harstine

interested in foster care and support

Nate and Melissa have a heart for foster care and support. Nate is New Hope's point person for CarePortal, a partner organization that helps connect foster kids and families with specific needs with churches in their area who want to meet those needs. Connect with Nate Harstine if you have questions or would like to get involved with CarePortal!  Nate and Melissa are a part of the Wednesday night Armstrong LIFE Group.

LeMoine family photo

Kirby and Cara LeMoine

have adopted inter-racially domestically

Kirby and Cara have a heart for adoption and have recently adopted domestically and inter-racially. They are long time New Hopers and enjoy helping lead the Armstrong LIFE Group.

Moore family photo

Jeff and Julie Moore

foster care, respite care

Jeff and Julie Moore both have a heart to help children in need of care. Jeff is a professional photographer. Julie teaches second grade and previously taught special education for seven years. God placed several children in Julie's life through teaching and has opened up doors to serve them and their families. She has also had one long-term foster placement and relied heavily on respite care among other support from a community of people. They both look forward to opportunities to serve children in foster care in the future.

Shivers family photo

Lucas and Rachel Shivers

former foster parents for three years in Johnson County, Sunflower CASA volunteer

Lucas and Rachel have a two-year old son, James, and are passionate about "underdogs." Rachel is a photographer and Lucas is the Director of Elementary Education for USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden Public Schools. Lucas also helps tutor and mentor at-risk students. They're part of the Thursday night Classen LIFE Group.