Why Empty Chair?
Peder Eide, song writer and praise leader, shares his story of adoption in this video. His story is one of many of people realizing that they have ROOM, both in their hearts and in their home for children in need of families. The Empty Chair represents this space that we have in our hearts to reach out to the world's orphans -- whether that be through adoption, foster care, or though global orphan support.
James 1:27 says, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." The mission is simple and two part. We believe that one of the interesting paradoxes involved in this verse is that in taking care of widows and orphans, God changes us -- changes ours hearts and perspectives in seeing the world more as He does.
Our mission as a ministry is to support families who are trying to accomplish this Biblical mission, and support the children God clearly asks us to look after. It's a simple goal with multifaceted solutions and responses. Our immediate goals as we get the ministry started are to begin providing leaders with the education and resources to properly support families, to begin life groups to emotionally and spiritually support families in various stages of this process, and to create funding to aide families who have willingly accepted God's call on their lives, but need the resources to be obedient.
We are excited about the prospects, and where we are headed. And of course, this all begs the question: Do you have an empty chair in your life?