The purpose of Missio: Foster & Adopt (MFA) is to disciple believers to deeply understand their adoption in Christ (Gal 4:4-7), and widely obey commands to demonstrate the gospel through care for the orphan (Jas 1:27).
The Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) correctly states, "We want the decisions our people are making about foster care, adoption, and orphan care to be driven by their identity in Christ and what He has done for them through the gospel."
To help the church to deeply understand their identity as adopted sons. As the foundational identity of the church matures in gospel understanding, joyful gospel action will ensue.
To connect the church with opportunities to display the gospel through foster care and adoption. This will be done through providing accurate information, removing tangible and intangible barriers, and calling the whole church to participate in gospel demonstration to orphans, directly or indirectly.
To equip and sustain the church for the difficult ministry of foster care and adoption. As the church responds to the call to care for orphans, an increasing need to provide sound care and discipleship will emerge. This will be done through formal mentoring program, F&A Parent Connection Meetings, pertinent training sessions, and subsidized counseling services.
To noticeably impact the city through gospel demonstration to the orphan. The goal is not just to give kids homes. The goal is to provide the orphan a home that is going to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ routinely. We believe that faithful obedience to this ministry will have impact for generations (Ps 145:4-7).
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Meet the Team:
Cody & Lauren Hanson
(also pictured: daughter, Juniper)
Cody and Lauren have always lived in or around Cincinnati, met at a young age and eventually married in 2012. They have attended Missio Dei since 2011 and currently lead a community group in Pleasant Ridge. After a couple years of infertility issues, they followed God's calling to pursue adoption, and brought their first child home in 2016.
Cody works as a licensed therapist and provides counseling and consulting services at his practice, Rivertown Wellness. Lauren works from home as a full-time mom and a part-time graphic designer, and is due with their second child, a biological son, in January. They are both passionate about adoption and foster care and love being a part of God's powerful work through Missio's ministry for the orphan.
Matt & Tiffany Korte
Matt and Tiffany have been married for 11 years and have been a part of Missio Dei since 2015 and Matt is one of our Pastors. The Korte's live out on the west side in White Oak. After several years of battling infertility they began the process of becoming Foster with a particular passion for older children. They currently have one 13 year old son named Richard who they adopted through the Foster Care System. They hope to continue providing a safe home for older Children where they can be introduced to Jesus. They are both excited about the work that God has done and will continue to do through the people of Missio Dei in caring for the orphan.