Thursday night’s “Battle for Family” saw worship bands, choirs, and solo artists all over the states, battle for a chance to record a music video with Fred Hammond while educating viewers about the need for more people to help adopt and foster children. Also, proceeds from the event will benefit vulnerable kids and families right here in Greater Detroit communities through Bethany Christian Services.
Bam Travis was crowned this year’s winner and I had the opportunity to talk to this talented drummer, vocalist and songwriter. Bam shared he and his wife Ashley’s journey during Thursday’s broadcast and said getting involved in Bethany’s “Battle for Family” was a no brainer.
Join Detroit’s own Fred Hammond and our afternoon host on theDetroit Praise Network, Willie Moore, Jr. for the “Battle for Family” national broadcast Thursday, September 16 at 7 p.m. EST.
During “Battle for Family” you will see worship bands, choirs, and solo artists battle for a chance to record a music video with Fred Hammond with proceeds from the event benefiting vulnerable kids and families in Greater Detroit communities through Bethany Christian Services.
I talked to Starr Allen-Pettway, Branch Director of Bethany Christian Services for Southeast Michigan, about this event, what you can expect and how to participate below.
What some people may not know is that I am an adoptive parent. My son is now 22-years-old and it hasn’t always been a bed of roses but I wouldn’t change my decision for the world.
And since November is National Adoption Month, the question is, have you considered it?
Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit organization that brings and keeps families together. Currently, Bethany is seeking families for children who are waiting for their forever family. These children come from different countries, speak different languages, and have different needs and stories, yet they all have one thing in common…the desire to be a part of a loving family!
Here are some facts to consider:
Bethany offers domestic, foster care and international adoption services in addition to providing pregnancy support and other essential services surrounding child welfare.
According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, over 100,000 children in the U.S. are waiting to be adopted, approximately 23% of those children are of African-American ethnicity.
The concept of adoption in the African-American community has been present for a number of years, particularly with familial adoption (where a family member takes in a relative’s child for various reasons).
BCS of Madison Heights recently opened an office in Detroit inside Fellowship Chapel specifically to recruit more Foster care families.
Every child needs love and a place they can call home. God, at the center of it all, helps us connect with Christian families who are open and prepared to answer the call to comfort and care for ‘the least of these.
For more information on how you can help serve the children and families in your community, visit Bethany.org.