Cause Champions: Orphan Prevention — Episode 3
The Murphy family and the Mitchell family share a common cause: to champion the vulnerable children in their community right when critical needs pop up. Both families’ generosity inspired their children to follow in this passion for family preservation. Maddie told us, “Here we are years later, that seed is growing into our own faith, our own calling, our own passion.” Each family’s work with CarePortal has created ripple effects through the families they serve, and it led to one other surprise: a love story.
Orphan Prevention Episode 3 Transcript
So, as I was sitting in church one Sunday, a family came in and there were eight kids in the family. I later found out they were a CarePortal family, and they had in their need that was submitted for them for support with water.
Another member of our church and I, we’re talking about what it could look like to do sustainable wraparound support of these families. And so, I showed up on their front door and I said, Hi, I’m Mikey. I know we met at church, but I really want to start meeting you guys and loving on you guys. And so, I started tutoring the kids. I started taking them to sports practices. I started helping getting groceries.
So, as I was spending time with his family and loving on them and caring for the kids. Turns out that Maddie actually was also doing the same thing, and I didn’t know about it.
I said yes to wanting to go deeper with a family, to love on kids, to support them, to encourage them. And I started hanging out with them for about a whole month and just loving on them. We’d go to Sonic, we’d go… just go play at the park. We just do a lot of it’s so such fun, simple, joyful things.
So, one Sunday I was sitting on the couch, and we had one of the little girls here and the other over here. And one of them said to the other, “Can I tell him?” I said, “What do you want to tell me?” and she said, “We know who you’re going to marry.” I said, “Okay, do I know this person? She said, “No, not yet.” I said, “Who is it?” She said, “Her name is Maddie. She’s awesome.”
So, after a month about hanging out with the kids, we me and my dad got invited to go to their church and at that service that day, Mikey and I got to meet for the first time, and the kids were so cute and funny about it that we finally got to meet each other.
And so, we met really independently loving on this family, a connection that was made through CarePortal. And so, with Maddie, I really realized that seeking first that kingdom and being able to love on families was the key to our ability to grow in true love and to grow in true love.
So going to serve that family with those tangible items is the calling that the Jesus calls us to do. And the heartbeat… heartbeat of CarePortal is Matthew 25. When it says when he says to his disciples, when he clothed me, when he fed me, when you gave me a drink, when I was thirsty.
And the disciples said, “We never did any of that to you.” And Jesus looked at them and said, “Whenever you did these things to the least of these you did also to me.”
One thing that I think is most significant and impactful about the way CarePortal goes about investing in giving is that it keeps the church at the at the center of every activity that it does. It believes that the church is actually the anointed center of God’s work in caring for families and caring for kids in the vulnerable.
And then as a church, we agree if we can meet that fully or if we have other community champions in the community that can help fund it so that we can go out and serve the family. So, once we do all that, get the money, or if someone in the church has something to donate, like a car seat or a bed, we can also give that to the family as well, if it’s in good condition.
So, we will gather those items. We’ll respond back to it saying, yes, I can help. It’s like two buttons. It’s so easy and we’ll say what we’re able to help with.
With championing the needs of local families in their church and getting married in the process, Mikey and Maddie now look forward to a future of serving through CarePortal.
Maddie with Mikey
For me personally, I didn’t know what it was going to look like once I said yes, but that, yes, changed my life. And walking on this path with Jesus and now with Mikey by my side and doing this together to serve and to love on these people right in front of us has been almost a dream.
Mikey with Maddie
And so, I just strongly encourage people to seek Jesus first, but also really to listen to his leading and to take risk.
Maddie with Mikey
We’re so thankful that at such a young age our parents planted a seed within us. And now here we are, years, years later, and that seed is growing into something that we now own, our own faith, our own calling, our own purpose, our own way to give.
Mikey with Maddie
It’s really exciting to think not only about the first generation, the mom that we’re caring for, but also the kids that they have or will have. And then the kids of those kids and the kids of those kids and that generational ripple from one act of faithfulness and love and resilience can impact hundreds of lives. And so, for us, we want to have the same impact on our kids.
Seeing the fruit that you are producing, like you see fruit like, you know, it just motivates you to go. And I think Mikey and Maddie are truly the hands and feet of Jesus serving. You know, there’s, you know, time, talent, treasure, and everyone has a gift in different ways.
Being all in sets a great example for your children. It sets a great example for the people around you. And it’s an exciting way to live life. So, I guess my encouragement is, is when you see something that you’re interested in, say yes and go for it and get behind it with both your time, talent, and your treasure.
You know, the children next door that Mikey and Maddie have been mentoring for several years. Going to school, just sitting out there waving and saying “Hey Mikey, hey Maddie.” And the family is kept together. And they’re happy.
Jeff and Michelle Murphy set out to solve a problem. After learning about the orphan crisis in Haiti, they realized the same problems exist in their own backyard in the U.S. The Murphy’s desire to preserve families led them to CarePortal, an organization that uses technology to connect local churches with immediate, solvable needs in their own neighborhoods. Jeff and Michelle champion CarePortal with their time, talents, and treasure, and their generosity led their daughter to get involved, too.Watch Now
Father and son Mike and Mikey Mitchell discovered how they can use their family business to champion the cause of economically vulnerable families. Their clothing company preserves families by creating safe jobs within the largest exploitative industry in the world: the sewing industry. They also partner with CarePortal to pray for and support the needs of vulnerable children in their own neighborhood.Watch Now
The Murphy family and the Mitchell family share a common cause: to champion the vulnerable children in their community right when critical needs pop up. Both families’ generosity inspired their children to follow in this passion for family preservation. Maddie told us, “Here we are years later, that seed is growing into our own faith, our own calling, our own passion.” Each family’s work with CarePortal has created ripple effects through the families they serve, and it led to one other surprise: a love story.Watch Now
Learn More about CarePortal and how to get involved, as well as discover several ways to give. Support vulnerable children who are on the brink of foster care or in our nation’s foster system by donating through cash, card, or a donor advised fund at The Signatry.Donate and Learn More