Are you willing to ask, “God, is there something you want me to do for the orphans among us? Is there something you want from me and or my family in the area of foster care?”
God is gracious—it is He who makes things right, our most compassionate God.
(Psalm 116:5, MSG)
In His grace, God chose to move toward us in compassion BECAUSE of our messiness and sin… because of OUR need. As those who represent Him, are we willing to also move with compassion toward those whose lives are messy and are in need by no fault of their own?
From His Word, we know that God has a heart of compassion for the orphan. In our culture, the modern day orphan is in the foster care system. Whether they are orphaned for a day, a month or a lifetime, they are separated from the protection, provision and nurturing of their birth family and need a loving home where those can be provided….where they can receive help and hope!
In Nebraska right now, there are approximately 3,240 state wards in out of home placements. 1,150 of them are kids ages 12 and up…an age group that is the most difficult to find homes for. On average every year about 840 teens enter into foster care. Could God have a place for you in meeting the needs of these children in foster care? Perhaps that will be by supporting a foster family, perhaps by providing respite care, or perhaps by the privilege of actually becoming foster parents.
Are you willing to intentionally move toward God and open your heart to Him with a willingness for Him to move your heart toward the hurting children in our state? Are you willing to pray a very risky prayer on a daily basis? “God, is there something You want me to do for the orphans among us? Is there something You want from me and/or my family in the area of foster care?”
We have 840 copies of the book Compassion to represent the 840 kids ages 12 and older who enter foster care each year. If you are willing to start purposefully listening to your heart, please request Compassion and a bookmark with the above prayer printed on it and we will send them to you.
We are EXCITED to see what God will do as we listen to our hearts together!
Our ministry partners at Christian Heritage have been training and supporting foster families for the past 35 years. They are hosting three Foster Parenting Information Meetings in September across Nebraska.
Tuesday, September 22 – Brookside Church, 11607 M Circle, Omaha
Thursday, September 24 – New Covenant Community Church, 6000 S. 84th Street, Lincoln
Monday, September 28 – GI Evangelical Free Church, 2609 S. Blaine Street, Grand Island
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