Harvest Church Campus in Indiana, Pennsylvania, recently hosted a dinner to minister to foster and adoptive parents.
The goal of the event was three-fold:
First, to express appreciation for the love that foster and adoptive parents show to children in need.
Second, to provide a means for families walking similar journeys in life to connect and build relationships.
Third, to present the wonderful gospel of Jesus Christ to those present.
“We were very excited to see these three goals met,” noted Pastor Joe Killeen, who reported on the event through the Baptist Resource Network of Pennsylvania/South Jersey, which helped provide resources for the event from an evangelism grant. “Twenty-nine parents came to the dinner and were served a catered meal, while their children received care and pizza in the children’s ministry area. The parents enjoyed the dinner while they met new friends and exchanged contact information.”
Following dinner, Killeen shared the gospel message. He recalled aspects of his family’s adoption journey and how the picture of adoption on earth relates to becoming children of God when we accept Christ’s gift of salvation.
Of the parents in attendance, 17 were from the community and not regular attendees of Harvest Church.
EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was written by Joe Killeen, pastor of Harvest Church Indiana Campus, and was originally published by the Baptist Resource Network of Pennsylvania/South Jersey.