Engaging Through Compassion

Have you considered ministering to the “least of these” through foster care? Or perhaps you’d like to support and encourage those who are called to this unique and important ministry in other ways? Whatever your level of interest, you are invited to a night of coffee and dessert, sponsored by Grace Church’s H2O (Hope to the Oppressed) ministry this Sunday night, January 12. The event will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Grace Church café and will include childcare for children through age 5.

Here’s a story of how one Grace Church family has been involved in foster care:

About four years ago, after hearing several messages at church, on the radio, and meeting other families who were involved in foster care and adoption, we felt a nudge from God that maybe our family could help a child in need of a home. We read a book called “Adopted for Life” which showed us how we as believers have all been adopted by our heavenly father through faith in Christ. We’ve always known we were children of God, but during this time, He showed us a much deeper meaning of belonging to the family of God and being heirs with Christ as Galatians 4:7 tells us.

After completing foster care training, we did have many doubts and fears of bringing a new child into our home. One evening in particular, we spent a great deal of time in prayer questioning if this was really for our family. Our prayers were answered the very next morning when we got a call for a 15 month old little boy. We can’t describe the feeling of overwhelming peace and knowing that this was the little boy that God had planned to come into our home. Enapay proved to be both a blessing and a challenge over the following year. We learned that God did give us the strength each day to handle the challenges that we faced in our home. Since the day he came to us, we prayed Jeremiah 29:11 over him, and also that he could be raised in a Christian home, to know, to love, and to serve Jesus.
We cared for Enapay for a year and we were hoping to adopt him, but that was not God’s sovereign plan for this little boy.  A couple from Alaska (and a distant relative) stepped up to take Enapay. They were not able to have children of their own and a week before he was scheduled to leave, we found out that they are Christians. How God faithfully answered our prayers!   It was not easy to see him go and it still saddens us that he is not with us today. However, we know that he is loved and cared for by God and his new parents. We are so glad to have had the opportunity to have Enapay as our son for a year. We will continue to pray faithfully for his salvation.
More recently, we had a little boy named Jacob with us for just three months. Jacob was a sweet 2-1/2 year old who talked constantly. He called us Mommy and Daddy from day one (without our initiation). It was incredible to see how he physically grew stronger over those three months. He was so happy to go to the park, and to the store to pick out a piece of candy. He moved on to a relative that we know will provide a loving and stable home for him.   We pray for his salvation and God’s best for him. We are hoping to visit him soon with a Christmas gift!
Each placement takes a lot of effort and we are not sure what’s next for our family. Whether we just raise our three girls or take in another child, we have learned that God is faithful when we obey what he calls us to do.