I was a STRANGER and you welcomed me.

Over the past three years, the US alone has taken in over 90,000 refugees and has seen over 400,000 children in the foster care system. On top of that, there are over 140 million orphans globally. We know that the Lord has a heart for the stranger, and on this page you can learn about the opportunities you have to care for the strangers in our community and around the globe.

FC Orphan Care

What We Do

FC Orphan Care raises awareness for the cause of orphans and vulnerable children while supporting those who are living it out in their everyday life. FC Orphan Care provides foster and adoptive families with prayer, notes of encouragement, monthly meals and other tangible care through small group support, family luncheons, ongoing training opportunities and resources.

What You Can Do

  • Pray for foster and adoptive families at FC and throughout our state, country, and world.
  • Donate diapers or new clothing items with tags on such as socks, shoes, pjs or underwear to the FC Orphan Care supply closet by taking items to the circle desk in the FC west building.
  • Learn more about foster and/or adopting and commit to share your life with a vulnerable child in Jesus’ name by fostering and/or adopting and begin next steps to do so.

Safe Families for Children

What They Do

Safe Families for Children surrounds families in crisis with caring, compassionate community. They are a nationwide, volunteer-driven nonprofit that provides hope and support to families. SFFC’s vision is to create a world where children are safe and families transformed through radically compassionate communities. Their mission is to host vulnerable children and create extended family–like supports for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers who are motivated by compassion to keep children safe and families intact.

What We Do

FC is a SFFC participating church, raising awareness of the need for Christian homes to fill the gap for families whose children need temporary care.

What You Can Do

  • Pray for Safe Families for Children.
  • Raise awareness about the need for Christian families to rise up to learn more about the need to provide care for children temporarily and donate to this ministry.
  • Volunteer to support a Safe Family or volunteer to become a Safe Family home.

Street Hope TN

What They Do

Street Hope TN works to eliminate the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children in Tennessee and provide safe environments to foster hope and healing through Jesus Christ. They are currently building the first safe home in East Tennessee for young girls ages 12 to 17 who are survivors of domestic minor sex trafficking. This home, Garland Oaks, is a place where survivors will find healing, hope, and love and a place where survivors will receive education, enrichment opportunities, counseling and a place to feel safe.

What We Do

FC supports Street Hope TN to raise awareness of domestic minor sex trafficking and the healing that can come through Jesus Christ.

What You Can Do

  • Pray for Street Hope TN as a ministry.
  • Raise awareness about the prevalence of domestic minor sex trafficking and become informed about ways to prevent it, and donate to their ministry.
  • Volunteer with Street Hope TN (high school students and adults).

Clarkston Ministry Center

Send Relief is the compassion ministry arm of the North American Mission Board (NAMB)

What They Do

The Clarkston Ministry Center is a Send Relief location in Clarkston, GA that provides services to refugees and internationals through strategic relationships with churches and other ministries. There, individuals can access English classes, job skills training and more to help them navigate a new country and culture.

What We Do

FC partners with Send Relief because it is the compassion ministry arm of the North American Mission Board (NAMB).

What You Can Do

  • Pray for the Clarkston, Georgia Ministry Center.
  • Volunteer in Clarkston, Georgia through a Send Relief mission trip.
  • Commit and apply to become a missionary who serves in Clarkston.

Compassion International

What They Do

Compassion International is the world’s leading authority of holistic child development through sponsorship. They have had 9 million sponsored children, over 8,000 international church partners and 65+ years of serving children in Jesus' name.

What We Do

FC partners with Compassion International because they are the gold standard for Christ-centered child sponsorship around the globe.

What You Can Do

  • Pray for Compassion International and that children will continue to be sponsored by Christians around the globe.
  • Raise awareness about the need for child sponsorships and donate to this ministry.
  • Become a sponsor of one or more children and commit to faithfully pray for them as you sponsor them.

The Crew

What We Do

The Crew completes home projects for people who are unable to do so based on physical limitations or monetary need. The Crew projects are intended to help the elderly, disabled individuals or single parents with a demonstrated need. After receiving a request for help, The Crew evaluates and selects projects within our church and throughout our community. Past projects have included building a wheelchair ramp, fixing an HVAC unit, painting and removal of carpet after a basement flooded.

We seek volunteers with specific home repair skills and those with a heart to help. Once you are on our volunteer list, you will be contacted when there is a project available.

What You Can Do

  • Pray for The Crew ministry as we help meet a need for people in our church and/or community.
  • Raise awareness for FC teens, men and women to volunteer and use their skills for The Crew.
  • Sign up to volunteer with The Crew and use your skills to make a difference in our church and/or community.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.

Matthew 25:35-36