Several weeks back we were invited to lunch at a local church. We knew the family that was organizing it. They have three biological children, one child adopted from Korea, and are currently fostering (to adopt) two children. What a great family. (I am not just saying that because they bought 8 of our shirts, either.)
The purpose of the lunch was to share about a local sibling group of three that was in need of adoption. They were no longer returning to their birth parents. In attendance were two social workers from Social Services and a therapist that had worked with these children. The above family had actually fostered this group for a short while and was able to share pictures and stories of each child. They were all open to questions and answered honestly about the future of these children. Don't you just love this idea? If every church committed to pray for a child(ren) in their county's foster care system, to advocate for them and to help find homes locally, I wonder what the foster care system would look like.
Tim and I left there so impressed with the heart of this family and church, not only for this sibling group, but for the many local and not-so-local children that are in need of a loving family. Once again, we were so encouraged by those stepping out of the "American Dream" to live God's dream for their family. I am sure that this young sibling group, through absolutely nothing of their own doing, will bring along some baggage of what their life has been thus far. I am sure parenting them and walking with them through the adjustment of a new life will not be rainbows and unicorns. But I also know that God equips those who He calls and He surely never said He would only call us to the circumstances that are easy!
"Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen."
Hebrews 13: 20-21