Pastor Mitch Jolly opens up the event with a powerful call to action.
County residents respond to foster care
More than 350 attend Project127Rome ministry
Rome, GA (02/01/10) - Six Floyd County churches
issued a call for the community to get involved in a new Christian
foster care ministry called Project127Rome. Last night, more than
350 people responded and attended a 90-minute "Introduction to
Christian Foster Care Ministry" event at Unity Christian
Pastor Mitch Jolly of Three Rivers Community
Church spoke on behalf of the partner churches, explaining that
foster care is a communitywide issue with multi-generational impact
and that churches have a responsibility to act. Among his other key
- Floyd County has more foster children per
capita than any other Georgia county.
- Six churches of various denominations have
come together to serve as founding partners of Project 127 Rome,
making it a diverse and dynamic group.
- Project 127 Rome selected Atlanta-based
FaithBridge Foster Care to serve as the "back office" of the Floyd
County efforts, providing staffing, operational expertise and a
volunteer-supported, church-centric structure for organizing and
supporting Rome foster families.
"Sunday was a great celebration of God's
grace," said Pastor Tommy Overton of First Presbyterian Church of
Rome. "The numbers were impressive but what's a big crowd if no one
commits to actually care for foster children? Praise God for those
families that expressed interest in serving."
The event offered an overview of the foster
care needs in Floyd County and offered ways that Rome area families
could get involved-from becoming a foster parent to volunteering to
assist with clothing and material goods, transportation and
Also in attendance were leaders from Floyd
County Department of Family and Children's Services as well as Open
Door Home. Both organizations were instrumental in making
instructions and bringing about the partnership between the
churches and FaithBridge.
Project127Rome is a coalition of six church
partners including First Presbyterian Church, Fifth Avenue Baptist
Church, Hollywood Baptist Church, Lakeview Baptist Church, Three
Rivers Community Church, and Seven Hills Fellowship. The group
named the mission Project127Rome for the biblical call to serve
orphans found in James 1:27.