This past week I have found myself on rabbit trail researching the roots of our city, Springfield, Ohio, being called “Home City”. For a brief period of time we had considered naming the agency “Home City Adoptions”, instead of “Choosing Hope Adoptions”, but felt “Home City” spoke to the history of a city known for orphans rather than a word of Hope over our great city and state.
Home City, Ohio, USA otherwise known as Springfield, Ohio, USA
While the details are many surrounding the history of the name “Home City”, it boils down to this:
“At the turn of the century Springfield became known as “Home City”. Several lodges, including the Masonic Lodge, Knights of Pythians and Odd Fellows built homes for orphans and aged members of their order.” Source:http://www.springfieldohiohistory.net/historyofspringfield.htm
Home, City, Ohio, USA…..Springfield, OH was known for its housing for Orphans and Widows. We were a catalyst, of sorts. A city that cared for, made a plan for, and made infant steps towards living out the demands of James 1:27, caring for the Orphan and the Widow. What if the name “Home City” was actually a prophetic declaration of Springfield’s ‘genetic code?”
Several months ago we were give a vision of what is to come for Choosing Hope Adoptions. This brother in Christ saw “The Spirit of Adoption SPRINGforth from Springfield, Ohio. They saw a tent (kind of like a home) pitched over our city, anchored in the love and hope birthed from Choosing Hope Adoptions. A place of rest, reprieve, LIFE, hope, and love. But as their birds-eye-view came into focus, they saw the stakes of the tent being moved and stretched…over the Miami Valley, over Ohio, over the Tri-state area, and finally a tent that reached across our great nation.
What if Home City, Ohio, USA is the catalyst for the Spirit of Adoption to overwhelm our nation? Where the orphan spirit succumbs and LIFE and HOPE eternal is breathed in deep.
Today, as these thoughts bounced around in my head I found myself snapping pictures of three magnificient homes for sale, within blocks of each other, in our city. What if these properties could be home to parents facing an untimely pregnancy and making an adoption plan for their coming baby? What if Springfield, Ohio, USA could be known as a city of hope and life instead of for its orphan history? What if it was “Home City”, not because of its orphan population, but because orphans found homes?