Co-Founder & President of Miriam’s Heart, Elizabeth seeks to create a culture of adoption within the church. Miriam’s Heart began out of the example of a small church located in a rural area. This church had what we like to call, ‘a culture of adoption’. This radical ‘culture’ within this small church facilitated the adoptions & fostering of nearly 100 children! Their ability to mentor and support each other during the adoption and foster process created a culture in which adoption is supported and celebrated by the entire church family! Through the work of a few ‘pioneering’ families within the church, vast numbers of children are being brought out of their dire situations and into families. Just like Moses’ sister Miriam, the ministry seeks to facilitate adoptions and concerns itself with the children, birth parents and adoptive parents; and to treat them as equals. The first goal is to keep families together. If this is not possible, then our goal is to bring children into families or support them where they are. We also to participate in cooperation with organizations who support families through community initiatives, anti-trafficking advocacy, missions and child sponsorship.
Elizabeth Occhipinti is a passionate and engaging speaker. She works as the ministry administrator, oversees and plans events and fundraising activities. Elizabeth also works as a community liaison to develop relationships between adoptive and foster families, adult adoptees and prospective adoptive and foster families, and with agencies and orphan care organizations. Seeing the church and the family as the two groups tasked with looking after the orphan, Elizabeth tirelessly reaches out, networks to bring children into families and rallies the remaining church to celebrate and support them! Also serving in the worship ministry at Zarephath Christian Church, Elizabeth & Jim volunteer for My Neighbor’s Ministries, Urban Impact, and AWANA. Adoptive parents themselves, Jim & Elizabeth have 5 children and live in Somerset, NJ.
We are passionate to reach the Northeast/Tri-State area with our message! Email us at [email protected] for more information!
Creating the culture of adoption within your church; We can locally provide a panel of adoptive, foster and adult adoptees to field questions pertaining to adoption & foster care; Motivating the church to consider their calling under the Biblical mandate to adopt; Looking holistically at the orphan, birth family and adoptive family Educating & Equipping the Church to Take Action on Behalf of Orphaned and Abandoned Children Reaching the Northeast/Tri-State AreaEmail Elizabeth