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Go on a Mission Trip; Never Leave Home
Faith involves more than just going to church and those idyllic motions to grow your own faith. When many people desire to grow in their faith, they choose a mission trip as a next step. Fostering might very well be the most affordable way to go on a mission trip, and revitalize your faith, while still getting some sleep in your own bed. It is true that there are no real end dates for your trip, no clean-cut airplane rides home, no great sightseeing adventures to speak of, but you can certainly impact a life forever and share the gospel with a child from a different background right here in your own community!
Many forgo considering this type of mission work since fostering involves the kind of training and commitment of a marathon, not a sprint. These kinds of mission trips require the endurance that the Bible speaks about in Hebrews that you’ll have to depend on God for. Hebrews 10: 23-24, 36 (NLT) 23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
If I had known the “patient endurance”needed to face the stressors, inconveniences, heartache, and sleepless nights I’d face as a foster parent, I’d never have signed those papers years ago. But the joys, miracles, and blessings I’ve experienced on our family mission trips fostering keep us signing the line annually. I would never trade my faith that has been tested and seasoned through dark times with Him, for a faith that one knows simply warming pews in a safe, comfortable church building.
When the Lord cares for His people, He cares with His people. If you feel God calling you to do something more to stretch your faith, consider caring for His children in state custody. If you can’t foster, consider supporting us on our journey to care for local children in crisis by joining our fostering team, financially through a gift, emotionally by serving, relationally by advocating for us, or spiritually through prayer for our families and children in crisis.
The bubbly six year old was showing off his trademark gigantic smile, teasing my 16 year old about how beautiful she was. His effervescent personality had the entire family in stitches. How was it possible that this child could not find a place to call home?
An emergency placement, “Andy” came to us at 1am with his older brother and slept until a caseworker picked him up the following morning. We bid him farewell. Andy was placed in another foster home, but the brother, being a teen, was unable to find a place to live so he came back to stay with us another night. It turns out that Andy had severe separation anxiety and really needed to be with a sibling, so Andy and his older brother came back to us for a long weekend (this was the second time he was placed with us). Fining a place for a teen and a younger sibling together in foster care is VERY difficult, so the older brother was placed in a group home and An…
This Father's Day, I'd like to pay a tribute to all the Daddies that love kids that are not really "theirs" just like they are. This hard calling might be easier for a mama that's nurturing and typically wired more for compassion and empathy, but foster Daddies are right there in the trenches cleaning up spit up or vomit-filled car seats, and changing plenty of dirty diapers for kids that will never remember their sacrifices.
He gets up with another man's baby in the middle of the night.
When no one shows up for visits, He shows up to play Legos.
He speaks gently and graciously to a single mother whose drug abuse impacted his life greatly.
When no one else is willing to step up for a child, He does.
He puts together a crib suddenly for a teen foster child, and her new baby.
When his wife has no dinner plans due to the chaos that reigns and 400 minutes she spent on the phone with child welfare issues, he scrambles eggs or hits the drive through and moves on.
Never..."just a foster kid"
One Sunday, I walked up to the check in kiosk at my church with my typical 4, along with a set of sibling brothers that had joined our family. The 5 year old was listening to me check in everyone, and then I said, "and this is our friend Ben here with us."
He looked up at the check-in volunteer and added, "I'm just a foster kid."
My world stopped spinning. It was a great opportunity to take him over to the side hall, get down to his level, and look him in his precious brown eyes and say, "You are NOT just a foster child. You are loved, you are special, you are important to us, and you are our friend." Sometimes foster kids really hate being a foster kid. You may mistakenly think that since their biological families could not raise them for a season that they are magically grateful for their new place with 3 meals and plenty snacks a day, a loving family, and a safe home for a time, but even if they are ma…