Sometimes when God wants you to do something, he uses the US Postal Service. At least that's what He did for Steve and Mary Bryan.
One late October evening Mary sat down to flip through a magazine that arrived in the mail that day. The Bryan’s weren’t subscribers, and the magazine never arrived again. Flipping through it, an ad caught her attention and she read it out loud to her husband, Steve. “143 million orphans. 2 billion Christians. If just 7% of today’s Christians cared for a single orphan, there would be no more orphans.” Immediately, Steve responded with, “We could do something about that.” And so, they did.
Currently, there are over 3,200 children in the Montana foster care system, and many of these children are available for adoption. Children who have been abused or neglected need a safe haven, whether it is temporary or permanent. With too few families to care for these children, they may be removed from familiar surroundings, (community, school, friends) and often bounce from place to place. And far too many children are languishing in the Montana foster care system without permanent families to care for them.
Child Bridge has a laser focused, two pronged approach: Family Recruiting and Support. Bridging the gap between churches, communities and government, Child Bridge builds awareness and recruits foster and adoptive families for Montana children via churches across the state. Additionally, working closely with pastors and congregations, we work to support those families caring for children from “hard places” by utilizing the natural infrastructure of the church. Child Bridge educates, empowers and equips church leaders and congregations to understand and deliver on the need of "trauma-informed" care for the foster/adoptive population in their church and community. Educational, therapeutic and family support resources and referrals to other child welfare leaders are also provided as needed.
Child Bridge currently serves children, families and churches across the state of Montana.