OAK: General Information
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because
the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind
up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness
for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance
of our God, to comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion –
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead
of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be
called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
Millions of children in the world are starving, enslaved, unwanted,
unprotected. We've seen God start to fulfill his great Isaiah 61 promises in the
lives of a few of these children, turning ashes to beauty, mourning to gladness,
and despair to praise.
OAK exists so that we can encourage each other and explore
together how God would have us join him in loving vulnerable children. Adoption
and orphan care often include fear, anxiety and heartache. But they can also bring
indescribable joy. We want to see this joy spread throughout Knox...and through
us to Washtenaw County and the world.
It is an immense privilege to see once-orphaned
children grow from small saplings to splendid oaks. If you are curious about adoption
or foster care, or wonder about other ways you might advocate for orphans, we welcome
you to join us!