Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Waking Up to A Call

The other morning I woke up with a voice mail on my phone - left at 1:30am from a CPS Case Worker. Police had taken a 3 & 4 year old brother and sister into custody in the middle of the night. (You can imagine the circumstances.) The Case Worker was looking for an emergency foster family for them immediately, for a few days until long term placement could be found. We called back right away and left messages. We never heard back, hopefully they found a good emergency placement, and then another good foster home.

I share this for a few reasons.

#1 Its easy to forget that there is a hidden epidemic going on. Children, unprotected, waiting for a safe place in the middle of the night. This is a real thing. This is a need in all of our neighborhoods. And its growing. Maybe you are being "called" to step out and answer this need. Maybe you are called to help support someone else to do this. Maybe you are called to pray regularly.

#2 No, we are not looking to foster more kids! I'm at capacity, both in our house and in my life. BUT GOD. But God called us at 1:30am. But God gave us a home and a heart. But we have one more bed... its the one we were sleeping in when we got this call. Surely a couch is fine for Chad and I for a few nights while a couple precious kids sleep in our bed.

#3 Sometimes I'm a little afraid I'll turn into the crazy old lady down the street with 20 kids. I'm pretty sure I would be crazy. But our hearts still break over this.

So I share this not to upset or bother anyone. (Well maybe just a little.) I share this because its just the facts. And I have to squeak this wheel... and hope for a little grease. GOD has a plan for these children.  It is His church. (Us!)  Not sure how or who. But maybe someone else reading this will be prompted to "wake up" to a call.

James 1:27 ~ 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.

* Note: For more information on how to help be a resource to foster kids, follow this link:

* Please consider being a Respite Provider (get certified to watch foster kids every once in a while, providing a break for their foster families), or a certified Driver (driving foster kids to and from visitations).

* Below is a flyer with helpful information on other ways you can help.

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