Let us explain…We do not believe everyone is called to be a foster parent or even an adoptive parent, but we do believe EVERYONE is called to DO SOMETHING.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
There is not a lot of wiggle room in this verse, ‘pure and faultless is this…” So, if all are called, how can all be involved?
- Prayer – Absolutely the #1 thing you can do is pray. Pray for the ‘fatherless’, the ‘orphan’, and the child in foster care. Pray that they would experience hope, healing, stability, and love. Pray for the families on the foster care or adoption journey. Ask God to encourage them, uplift them and provide for them. Pray for the biological families that no longer have their children. Ask God to redeem, heal and restore their broken lives. Pray for the case workers, social workers, agency workers, and state workers. Their job is a selfless one and usually has high ‘burnout’. Consistency in this piece is essential to consistency for the children they serve. So, PRAY!
- Support – We can almost guarantee you a local foster family would LOVE to have support from their friends, family, and church members. They already understand their the ‘crazy ones’, but they sure would love for people to understand and accept their so-called ‘craziness’. So offer support via becoming an approved babysitter for them, becoming an approved respite care provider, taking them a meal, being a listening ear, and most importantly affirm they are on the right path and not just crazy! **most states have requirements for babysitters/respite care workers for foster children and most families do not like asking their families/friends to go through the process, be proactive and offer, so they never have to ask.
- Awareness – Educate yourself regarding the needs of local and global orphans. Find ways to plug-in and be a part of the solution. Engage local agencies and learn more about their heart and their passion for serving children. There will always be ways to volunteer, provide support, and help create more awareness. The Christian Alliance for Orphans website has a million resources to educate and engage, www.cafo.org. So grab a cup of joe and start the awareness journey. **be careful or you might become one of the ‘crazy ones’.
As God’s adopted children, we believe taking care of the child in foster care and the global orphan is a part of our spiritual DNA. Unfortunately, without exposure to the need many people never experience an awakening of that part of their spiritual make up, and yet, we are all called.
We guarantee you somewhere in the world tonight a child prayed, “God, help me..” Your adopted DNA is awakening and yearning to do something, so go do it, another child can’t wait.