Challenge your beliefs each week with topics on domestic and international politics, missions, Christian movements, persecution and global outreach with Steve Strang. Listen to the Strang Report at

The success in Possum Trot is inspiring adoptions across the U.S.

For Bishop W.C. Martin, pastor of 200-member Bennett Chapel church in Possum Trot, Texas, 73 changed lives is not enough. He wants to help more children find homes.

So Martin is taking his message to the country, holding speaking engagements across the U.S. Many churches have started their own adoption programs after being inspired by Possum Trot’s.

One is 4Kids of South Florida, a Fort Lauderdale-based ministry started by Calvary Chapel in 1997. It unites the local church community in orphan care, foster parenting and adoption. Executive Director Tom Lukasik and others used the Bennett Chapel story to inspire their 18,000-member church.

“Today, 4Kids works with 200 churches. They currently have 170 children in their care, and their SafePlace shelter has housed more than 9,000 children,” Lukasik says.

Individuals too are inspired to action. “Many tell me this was the message they needed to help them make their decision to adopt,” Martin says.

In Columbus, Ohio, he spoke up for five young children in a group home who needed a family to take them in: “After my talk, all of them were adopted.” 

Project 1.27, a Colorado organization that trains, supports and recruits adoptive parents, has been instrumental in getting children into loving homes.

“God has been lighting the fires of pastors all over this country on the orphan issue,” says project assistant Sarah Padbury.

Studies show 25 percent of children who age out of the foster care system will be incarcerated within the first two years. More than 20 percent will become homeless, while only 3 percent will earn a college degree, according to a recent Ad Council report.

Each stat is a reason Martin refuses to give up. To him, the message is clear: “We have all been adopted by God. If you can’t adopt, support those who can. If we can do it in Possum Trot, you can do it right in your church.”

Best Magazine Deal. Subscribe now and get 3 magazines for the price of 1. Get Charisma, SpiritLed Woman and Ministry Today, all for $24. YES - I want this deal!

3 Reasons Why you should read Life in the Spirit. 1) Get to know the Holy Spirit. 2) Learn to enter God's presence 3) Hear God's voice clearly! Click Here to draw closer to God!

Your Turn

Comment Guidelines
View/Add Comments
  • Roadblock

    6 Roadblocks That Will Stop Your Spiritual Growth

    God wants you to grow in your faith, but many of us get stuck along the way.

  • Bishop Eddie Long died at 63.

    Bishop Eddie Long Dead at 63

    "Although his transition leaves a void for those of us who loved him dearly, we can celebrate ...

  • Inner Healing Is the Fruit of the Spirit

    Inner Healing Is the Fruit of the Spirit

    I have been puzzled about the subject of inner healing for some time.

  • 2017 is the year that swords will clash.

    Prophetic Word: 2017 Will Bring a Clashing of Heaven and Hell

    "This is a time to cross over and not pull back."

  • The devil will try to silence you in any way he can. Don't give him the satisfaction.

    Satan's 2 Most Potent Lies to Render You Ineffective

    There's something in you so powerful that Satan doesn't want it out. Kyle Winkler reveals ...

  • Cindy Jacobs

    2017: Year of the Breakthrough

    "There will be a significant increase in miracles and signs and wonders."

  • Foot washing

    Shaking the Gates of Hell With a Basin of Water and a Towel

    "When I saw His foot, I knew He had come to take back territory the enemy had stolen from His ...

  • Growing relationship

    2017 Prophetic Word: The Supernatural Key to Growing Your Relationship With God

    It's vital that we understand what comes from God and what comes from the devil.

  • Are you willing to volunteer for God's offensive army?

    Prophetic Word: Preparing for God's World War 3

    God is searching for soldiers of the cross who are willing to volunteer for His offensive army.

  • Continue Your Journey with the Holy Spirit

    Continue Your Journey with the Holy Spirit

    Follow God on the most fulfilling journey of your life with Encounter the Holy Spirit! Break away from past hurts and press into the One who wants a personal encounter with you.

  • Dream the Unimaginable In His Presence

    Dream the Unimaginable In His Presence

    Reach your full potential and be led by His Spirit. In His Presence takes you to a deeper understanding of who God is and how he communicates with us.

  • Set Your Spirit on Fire

    Set Your Spirit on Fire

    Receive the power and gifts that come through the Holy Spirit Baptism. Don’t go empty-handed; accept all that He has for you! His power is available to those who ask.

  • Put on the Full Armor of God

    Put on the Full Armor of God

    Break every stronghold with the power of the Holy Spirit. Use the power of your tongue to declare and decree the Word of God. Witness heaven move on your behalf.

Use Desktop Layout
Charisma Magazine — Empowering believers for life in the Spirit