Chaplaincy endorsement opens ministry opportunities outside the church.

Fostering Innovation

“We see a day where there are more families waiting on children than children waiting on families.” 

When you meet Eric and Trisha Porter, it’s easy to see that they have a passion for spreading the love of Jesus with foster and adopted children. The Porters have been U.S. Missions missionaries serving with Chaplaincy Ministries for the better part of eight years. 

“We love seeing loving, healing families in a church step up to bring in a child that has been hurt by an adult in their life,” says Eric. “The church is the solution, but too many churches are slow to step up and speak up for a hurting child in their own backyard.” 

The Porters and their six children (four biological and two adopted) know firsthand the importance of a culture of foster care as well as adoption and support ministries in the church. This is the source of their call to start Backyard Orphans. It is a program that helps children not just find an earthly family but become part of something even bigger—God’s family. 

Based in Dallas, Texas, Backyard Orphans partners with and educates churches to assist in situations that have foster children who need the help of the body of Christ. Over the past eight years, the Porters have seen families, social workers, and children alike accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. 

James 1:27 (NIV) tells us, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” 

It’s clear to see that the Porters are a great representation of this Scripture. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, they continue to carry out the calling that God has placed on their lives. 

“Connection is vital,” says Eric. “We are pushing ourselves to produce encouraging content to church leaders; educate our audience with how this is affecting the foster care, adoption, and orphan care space; and provide resources for parents to navigate this season.” 

Along with calls via online services, such as Zoom, Backyard Orphans has also made webinars available to equip and encourage foster and adoptive parents during this unique time though Eric emphasizes that nothing replaces face-to-face meetings and there are other ways to make an impact. 

“In times of crisis, whether it’s a shortage of funds or a global pandemic, it’s time for us to pray and ask the God of creativity to give us innovative ideas to accomplish His mission.”