In 2014, there were 754 children in foster care in Washington County, Oregon. There were 2,037 children in care in Multnomah County. Embrace Oregon is a unique partnership between churches and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) to care for our state's most vulnerable children. Whether it is assembling "welcome boxes" for children awaiting foster care placement or donating time or small appreciations to our local DHS offices, at Orenco we are called to love and support these children and the adults who care for them.
Open Doors, USA, reports over 75% of the world's population lives in areas of strict religious restriction. Each month, 322 Christians are killed for their faith. Open Doors works to empower persecuted Christians around the world through various programs. At Orenco, we gather once a month to write letters to persecuted Christians, and we hold them in prayer.
Since 1993, Samaritan's Purse has delivered shoebox gifts packed by caring people to more than 113 million people around the world through their Operation Christmas Child program. At Orenco, watch for information each fall as we assemble boxes to be sent overseas.
"Every shoebox offers an opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with a hurting child." - Franklin Graham, President of Samaritan's Purse
Orenco Elementary School is located just a few blocks away from Orenco Church. We hope to encourage those who work at and attend Orenco Elementary through Saturday clean-up projects, staff appreciation times, and by meeting the needs of families as they arise. Our women's ministry hosts a staff appreciation treat each spring.
We are proud of our local relationship with Saving Grace Maternity Home, here in Orenco. Saving Grace just opened their doors in their new home, which will allow them to serve four young women at a time who are homeless and experiencing unplanned or crisis pregnancies. These women receive training and education, assistance with job placement and finding housing, and other forms of life-giving help. At Orenco Church we are committed to our support of those at Saving Grace, as well as its directors, Skip and Cindy Sorum.
This Child Here helps children without parents and children who are at risk in Odessa, Ukraine to help them find hope and a future. Robert Gamble, a Presbyterian minister, is the director for this ministry, serving some of the world's most vulnerable. Visit their site to also view some of Bob's incredible photography of this region and its need.
We are excited to learn more about the Village of Hope in Uganda and its important and vital ministry. Its focus is to bring healing to the hundreds of orphans affected by brutal attacks of Joseph Kony and his army.
Please click to the right to view what Village of Hope is all about.
With Love, is a local non-profit foster care resource that provides for the many physical needs of children in foster care. A lot of children in the foster care system don't have many belongings to call their own as they move through the system. With Love, helps embrace these children and gives them an aura of dignity. Orenco Church's children will be raising money to purchase new teddy bears to donate to With Love,. For the kids in the foster care system that With Love, supports, these teddy bears will be a source of comfort and love. The children of our church are excited to fundraise and bring in money to help donate as many teddy bears as they can!