I remember when the Lord first opened my eyes to the foster care world. It was November 2009 and my heart broke as I watched a video of a 6-year-old girl who was waiting for a foster home to be found for her. The worker sat with her and made multiple phone calls to potential foster parents and each one said no for one reason or another. My husband and I were in our own waiting season during that time and had also been facing multiple rejections. God used that moment, that experience, to awaken me to something I had been blind to before, and I had to do something.
Since that time, I have heard story after story of kids and families affected by foster care. We have experienced this personally with our own three children that we brought into our family to foster and have since adopted them. My little girl, only 5 years old, still talks of her birth parents, but it is different then it used to be–she used to talk of missing them very often. Recently, her concerns have been more for them then herself. “Are they in a safe house?” “Do they know Jesus?”
We have kept in contact with them and because of this, I know they have been going to church and are surrounded by a loving and committed church family. I believe they have been making good choices and are living in an apartment.
The other night, our little girl called me in hours after she had been put to bed. She couldn’t sleep and told me, “I keep thinking about my birth mom and birth dad.” “What are you thinking about?” I asked her. Her familiar worries surfaced as she was concerned about their safety. I was so excited to share what I knew. Her birth parents were making good choices and were living in a home that was safe. Even better, they were going to church with good people who love them.
I watched as a big smile transformed my daughter’s face and a giggle escaped her lips! It was like a huge burden had just been lifted off her young shoulders. The next evening before bed, she told me “Mommy, I’m just so glad my birth mom and birth dad are going to church!”
This is the Body of Christ doing what it is supposed to do. When you serve, you not only impact the ones you’re serving, but by loving the vulnerable, you never know how your love will impact the ones who love them. I am so thankful for this church family who is living out the Gospel.
Who is God calling you to love? Please don’t hesitate to reach out and walk in obedience. I want to close with words from Chuck Swindoll. If this resonates with you, please act. Do. Say yes.
“You’ve thought it through and you’ve considered all the alternatives. Your throat is sore from praying and your eyes burn from weeping. You know it’s right but you’re scared. Really scared. Initially, somebody won’t understand and you’ll not be able to explain. Yet you are convinced it’s best…it will glorify God…it can be supported by scriptural principles..and it’s right.
So? So quit procrastinating and do it.”
Jami is the founder and Executive Director of The Forgotten Initiative. Jami and her husband, Clint, are parents to seven children: two biological daughters, two sons adopted internationally (Guatemala and Uganda) and a sibling set of three (two boys and a girl) adopted from foster care. Jami shared often on her blog, Life with a Personal God, during her family’s adoption and foster care journeys, and she is now sharing them here in hopes of being an encouragement to you!