Dear Praying Friends,
It is true that virtually all children who enter into the foster care system have had painful, difficult, and stressful experiences. For some children the experiences can be described as “traumatic.” This means the life of the child or the life of someone who is very important to the child has been threatened in some way. These experiences are damaging to children.
Victims of trauma have recurring memories of what they have experienced or seen to the point that they cannot sleep, struggle in relationships, and lose hope. Though the wounds that come from trauma are usually not visible, their effects are. Would you do battle with us through prayer and fight for these children who have experienced trauma or may be in the midst of traumatic circumstances even now?
Diane Langberg, Ph.D, says in her book Suffering and the Heart of God:
The church of Jesus Christ is called to bring light to dark places, love to damaged souls, and truth about who our God is—He who entered in so that we might know Him and be like Him.
Let us pray for the church to imitate Christ in the following ways:
- Willingness to be humble–The Lord Jesus humbled Himself for those who were crushed by sin and death. May the church take this opportunity to be like Him. Please pray for the church to stoop down into the sorrowful realities of children from very hard places and situations. Many of these young ones are afraid and do not trust, though they long for comfort. Pray for Christians to humble themselves and commit to coming alongside these children for the long walk it will take to bring about a removal of that fear. May we be willing to reduce ourselves in order to minister to those who have been traumatized.
- Willingness to acknowledge evil and do battle against it–We would prefer that suffering was not a part of life in this fallen world. However, when we refuse to face the truth and live like suffering won’t touch us, we are giving our enemy a great advantage. How can we fight something we refuse to see? We are called to Truth, not pretense. Pray that the church would acknowledge suffering, speak Truth, and seek Jesus in the messiness of real life for the sake of the gospel and the children who need it.
- Willingness to expose darkness–Ephesians 5:11 tells us “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them”. The Lord Jesus confronted sin and named it, He did not minimize or turn away from it. At the same time, he offered freedom and deliverance from sin. Pray that the church would acknowledge the sins that have been committed against children and grieve with and for them. Pray also that the wonders of His grace, mercy and healing would be proclaimed to those who have been victims of evil and the Lord would grant them faith to believe!
- Willingness to sacrifice–Jesus’ work on the cross was a sacrifice that covered all evil. There is no evil He has not borne. He carried incest, rape, trafficking, violence, neglect and more unspeakable atrocities. Please pray that the church would be willing to follow Jesus, take up their cross, and sacrifice their lives for those who have been reduced by suffering while remembering the One who leads. He has won the victory!
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere.
Would you please be in prayer for our Area Advocates? Our Advocates work very hard to serve the foster care community where they live. We are asking God that our Advocates can make good connections with one another resulting in idea sharing and relationship building. We also hope they will be refreshed, renewed and feel more equipped in their calling. Please pray that God’s Presence would be felt and known as we join together to show Jesus to the one who feels forgotten.Thank you for your care and prayers.
The TFI Team
"You guys!! Tony had to head out of state for a family funeral, and he is staying very close to where our first foster child, Adam, who is living with his grandparents and his mom. They invited him over, and we are FaceTiming. It’s been two years since we’ve seen him. He’s amazing and his mom is doing wonderfully! Best news: he still reads the Bible we gave him all the time. To God be the Glory!!! You guys, I have always said, if the kids never remember us that is okay. It’s not about us. But my heart is beyond full that he and my kids are laughing and giggling and sharing memories together like he was still part of the family. I am soaring right now. All the stories don’t end like this one, but praise The Lord we have this moment!"
- Selena - Foster Mom & TFI Advocate