By JERRY WELCH
We believe that if God has called you to adopt, a lack of funds shouldn’t get in the way of your obedience. That belief birthed an organization called Hearts of Compassion, the orphan care and adoption ministry of Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Ridgeland. Our goal is to bring awareness to the plight of 147 million orphans around the world and to help fund adoptions for Christian families by offering financial assistance to approved families who are in the process of adoption.
This year, the Hearts of Compassion 5K will celebrate our 10th anniversary. In the last 10 years, we have raised over $430,000 for adoption. Through matching grants and additional fundraising, the adoption fund has mobilized over $754,000 for adoption.
But this really isn’t about money. The Hearts of Compassion team works tirelessly to raise money for adoptions, but it’s ultimately about the children. It’s about impacting the lives of children with forever families and the truth of the gospel. In the past 10 years, we have seen more than 115 children adopted (or in the process of being adopted) into gospel-centered homes.
Through Hearts of Compassion, God is transforming us through the lives of children from around the world and by the love of moms and dads who would do anything to bring them home. We are reminded of the Father’s love for us. Thankfully, God wasn’t willing to leave us orphaned and destitute, helpless in our sin. Instead, He chose to leave the glory of heaven through the birth of His Son, to walk among us, to share the Truth with us, and to pay the ultimate price that we might be called His sons and daughters.
Join us for the 10th Annual Hearts of Compassion 5K, 1-mile fun run, and silent auction on Saturday, November 13. You too can heed the call of God to help take the gospel to the nations through impacting the life of one child at a time. You too can be a part of the Hearts of Compassion legacy.
Visit HeartsOfCompassion.life to participate in the silent auction, run the race (in person or virtually) and get the gear.