I am writing the answer to this question to share our hearts with you, but more importantly to serve as a reminder to myself on days that seem very bleak and challenging. So here it goes:
1. The GOSPEL of Jesus Christ.
You and I were orphaned. We were lost. We were separated from our loving Father.
We were without hope. BUT GOD, being rich in mercy, sent His Son Jesus Christ to take our place in death – defeating death for us.
(Romans 5:8,Eph. 1:4-14,Gal. 4:6-7)
NOW, we are His chosen, precious, and holy children. Set apart for His work.
The theology of our adoption into the family of God overwhelms us AND compels us to action.
2. The restoration of HOPE.
One of the biggest motives behind foster care, specifically, is to see the love and grace of Jesus restore not only hopeless children, but an entire family unit. We have been asked many times, “Will you adopt?” Our heart is truly content with whatever the Lord allows to happen. We would love to adopt but in foster care our primary goal is to see an entire family unit restored to the design that God intended when He created us. We look forward to ministering to the children in addition to being a model and resource for the birth parent(s). We believe no matter how dark the circumstance may seem, Jesus is the light of HOPE.
3. The benefit of our COMMUNITY.
There is a “national foster care crisis.” There are many statistics that show that
>40-50% of children in foster care will never complete high school
>66% of them will be homeless, go to jail, or die within one year of leaving the system
>80% of the prison population once was in foster care
>girls in foster care are 600% more likely to become pregnant before the age of 21
Who better to change these statistics than the ones who are empowered with the Gospel of Jesus Christ?! Jesus is the change. Through His church, the future of our community can look much different than the dismal predictions of these statistics. “It is about creating an entire culture within the local church, a culture that sees adoption and foster care as part of the Great Commission mandate.” This is our desire. We want to be willing and obedient vessels for God to do immeasurably more than we could ask or think. He sees. He knows. He cares. We want to follow His lead.