Calvary Church has developed a network of people who have a heart for children in need. When you choose to be a part of Orphan Care Network, we provide guidance and support as you walk down this rewarding path. Our hope is that you see the face of Jesus in each of these children.
You can become involved in many different ways! From cooking meals for families to opening your home to a child, you can make an impact on the youngest lives in our community. However you are able to serve, we are here to help you succeed. We believe that no one should be in this alone.
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Calvary's Orphan Care Network was developed to raise awareness of and serve the many needs of orphaned and vulnerable children in our church and community. We do this by:
by Lynne Liptak
May 17, 2015
Little Boy tucks his small hands under my arms against the chill in the air as I carry him through the April morning. He is young and dependent on me for his safety, sustenance and bedtime stories. He points out every school bus we pass as we’re driving, every cement truck, every red car, every white truck. He loves dinosaurs almost as much as he loves oatmeal for breakfast. He comes out of his morning bath with his hair dripping curls. He’s learning to put on his socks and shoes and is having remarkable success for one so young. He’s a determined climber on the playground, tackling structures meant for a much older child and making his way to the top while I shudder from below at his precarious moves. He listens intently as we sing, “Jesus Loves Me,” each night before bed.
I know these things about him, but Little Boy is not my little boy. He is with our family for only a few weeks. We are caring for him through an organization called Safe Families while his mother makes an effort to get a fresh start, secure housing and start a new job. What this brave woman is doing is not easy. She calls every day to check in with me and chat with him (as much as one can chat with a toddler over the phone). I put the phone on speaker and tickle him so his mama can hear his giggle. I encourage her, telling her how smart he is and what a good job she has done with her boy.
When we first got the call asking if we would be willing to take Little Boy for a few weeks, I texted my husband to see what he thought. His response? “We didn’t get approved by Safe Families just to get a fancy letter ...” He was right, of course. We had spent several months filling out an application and getting personal references, fingerprints and background checks. Why? Not to get an official letter in the mail but to take one small step toward children in crisis—to be able to care for these little ones who need a safe place to stay while life is in turmoil for one reason or another.
So Little Boy is with us, folded into our family for a time. Are we solving his mother’s troubles? Are we securing his future success? Are we earning ourselves a gold star? No, no and no. We can’t fix anything long-term for this troubled family. We can’t ensure that Little Boy makes it through school or gets a great job. We certainly can’t gain anything for ourselves. But we have been given a brief opportunity to serve another life—a life that is made in the image of Jesus. We can love him just for these few weeks, this day, these moments that he is part of us.
“We cannot do great things, only small things with great love.” —Mother Teresa
Calvary Church supports National Foster Care Month. Visit our Orphan Care page to find out how you can make a difference.