Our church (North Point) in Atlanta hosts a “Be Rich” campaign every November/December. Pastor, Andy Stanley got the phrase from the verse in 1 Timothy 6:18, “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” He encourages everyone involved to give of their money, time and services… where ever they want.
My women’s Biblestudy decided to make meals for families with foster kids. I can’t tell you how special it was to come bearing dinner for these folks! They were so incredibly appreciative. I’ve had my eyes opened to a group of unique people who risk their hearts and families for local children without a place to call home. These parents don’t always know when a child will come their way or how long they’ll have them.
I saw everything from beautiful picture-perfect babies to extreme special-needs, However each family seemed loving and committed… and eager to know there were other folks willing to support them. In a couple of homes I visited the foster children were already in the process being adopted into their host family!
It took absolutely no long-term commitment on my part to make a meal and drop it off, ask to pray for their needs and swap hugs. There are other small ways to support fostering families, of course, such as babysitting for them. This simply requires registration with DFCS and a background check. Another is becoming a “respite” location, where the children are allowed to stay over night giving the foster family a break. This requires a good bit more registration type paperwork, inspection and classes but is also greatly needed.
I’m thankful that our Keith -now 23, somehow avoided the DFCS system and stayed out of foster care, but there are many children who are caught in it. We can make a difference and help change the tide for these little ones. More and more churches are offering ways to support foster families. Faithbridge Foster Care is one such organization. http://www.faithbridgefostercare.org. I hope this will encourage you to check it out. I have been very blessed. I know you will be too. -Anna
“Lord, I ask Your blessing on all the children in foster care in our country. Give the parents watching over them wisdom, grace and an added dose of patience today. Thank You for those being tugged at the heart to get involved. Give each of us the courage and strength to do what we can in Your holy name. Children are a gift from You. Help us to treat them as precious. In Jesus’ name.”
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