The Foundation For Christian Adoptions
A Type of Orphan Train Ministry
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Fast forward fifteen years. God is still leading the pastor to rescue orphans and abandoned children.
Like the Orphan Train, he still wants to move orphans from the city to Rural America.
Rural Communities are shrinking.
People are moving from some smaller rural communities to larger cities causing some homes to become vacant. Local schools are losing children, therefore receiving less revenue from the state and federal governments.
Siblings and older children need parents also.
Sibling groups and older children who are available for adoption are typically not chosen by adoptive parents. Normally, foster children do not stay with one foster family until they become adults. Some are moved more than three times a year. Children who grow up in a more stable enviornment are more likely to become responsisble citizens.
We are determined to acquire homes in Rural Communities, renovate them, and give them to Christian families who have adopted older children or a sibling group, and have met certain requirements.
Upon the completion of the adoption, the parents will then receive limited ownership of the home. This will be an incentive for the parents to stay, therefore providing a permanent home for the children. After the youngest child is twenty five years old, the parents will receive full ownership of the home.
Several positive things will occur.
The children will have a stable environment where they will be able to participate in extracurricular activities,
attend church, become part of the community and most of all, have loving Christian parents.
The parents will be blessed with a home and family.
The community will have a new Christian family.
The school district will add children to their roster,
God will be Glorified!
In 1998, a pastor in West Texas, watched a movie called “Orphan Train”. The movie began by telling of over 10,000 orphans and abandoned children living on the streets of New York City. A woman was feeding many of those children in her deceased uncle’s soup kitchen. She and her uncle shared a vision: to take orphans from the streets of the city to Rural Mid-America by train. People interested in adopting a child would wait for her and the children to arrive at the train station. If they chose, they would take at least one child home with them. By the time the train reached its last stop, there were no more children left to adopt, so the woman would go back to New York for another group of children. From 1854 to 1929, over 200,000 orphans and abandoned children were moved from East Coast city streets to homes in Rural America.
The pastor was so touched by the movie that he could not get it off his mind. He felt impressed by God to build an orphanage. One Sunday morning, he said to his congregation, "I think that we should build an orphanage." After church that morning, a lady told him that she and her sister and I tried to buy the closed hospital in Littlefield three years ago to build an orphanage.
The next morning he told an architect friend that God was leading him to build an orphanage and what the lady said about the Littlefield hospital. The architect said that he knew about the Littlefield hospital, that he would check on it?" The next morning he called and said, "They want to give you the closed hospital in Littlefield."
The next day, when a lawyer in Houston heard about the vision of an orphanage and that the hospital was going to be given to them, he said, "I want to be a part of this. I will handle all your legal needs." Three weeks later, they had a 501C3 corporation called Caprock Children's Services (CCS) and they owned the hospital in Littlefield.
Many other people came on board. They had weekly brainstorming sessions. They were having trouble deciding whether or not to have a portion of the building set aside for pregnant teens. The director of Heartline Pregnancy Center convinced them to make pregnant teens a part of their ministry.
The ABC news anchor in Lubbock, Texas had a segment called "I believe". He interviewed the pastor which aired on Wednesday during the news. Someone saw it and invited the pastor to look at a building in Levelland. The building had eleven offices with closets, an area that could be the house parents’ apartment, and another large area that could be used for the kitchen and dining hall.
When the owner asked if the pastor could use the building, he answered, "yes, but we cannot afford this." The owner said he wanted to give it to them. Three weeks later, CCS owned the building. The architect designed the building according to Child Protective Services' regulations. They spent the next year renovating the building. Money, materials and services were donated. When complete, they could not find a suitable, qualified director therefore, they gave the building to a young man who had everything he needed except a building. Today, twenty battered children are living in the facility.
It turned out that the hospital in Littlefield had deteriorated because of roof leaks to the point where it was not feasible to renovate. Later they gave the building to another ministry in Littlefield. God had used a movie and a closed hospital in Littlefield, Texas to place a home for battered children in Levelland, Texas.
How cool is that?