Evangelical Foster Care Agency Miracle Hill Ministries Expands Program to Include Catholics Amid Lawsuit Over State Funding

An evangelical Christian nonprofit that is South Carolina’s largest adoption agency and only places children with Christian families recently announced its decision to expand its foster program to include Catholics.

Earlier this month, Miracle Hill Ministries announced that it was officially clarifying that Roman Catholics who affirm the nonprofit’s statement of faith can serve as foster parents or employees.

Reid Lehman, president and CEO of Miracle Hill, said in the announcement that they “recognize our previous stance has wounded other followers of Jesus Christ.”

“Our calling as an organization is not primarily to evaluate and emphasize differences between various branches of Christianity or between denominations within Protestantism,” stated Lehman.

“Rather, Miracle Hill’s spiritual identity is first and foremost that of brothers and sisters in Christ working together to minister to the needy in Christ’s name.”

Miracle Hill’s decision comes amid a legal battle over whether the Christian nonprofit should have been given a waiver for state funding from the Department of Health and Human Services.

In January, HHS’ Administration for Children and Families sent a letter to South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster saying they believed forcing Miracle Hill to follow federal anti-discrimination policy would violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski