Today's post was written by Amy Hacker. Amy is 34, single, and a 6th grade teacher in the Birmingham area. She loves to travel across the world, watch movies, hang out with friends, and spend time with her family and sweet dog, Ellie. A few months ago, she became a mom for the first time to a 2 ½ year old little girl.

*For security purposes, Amy's foster daughter is named "Z" in this article.

Amy (left) and Heather (right) are two small group leaders from Brook Hills who are fostering as single parents.So it's Saturday morning and the alarm...Z...wakes up at 6:30am. It's a sweet time because she always smiles when I come in to say "Good Morning!" Now for breakfast, diapers, clothes, and juice! I love to see her playing with Ellie and just laughing in general. She hasn't done much of this her life. Z requires a lot of attention, but she is learning so much each day and is becoming a happy 2 year old.

Over the past couple of years, God has been doing a LOT in my small group. It seems He is asking several of us to look outside ourselves and see where we can make an impact for His kingdom. Two of us are now foster moms.

When I first considered His idea of me becoming a foster mom, I had a lot of concerns that all centered around myself: How could I ever handle giving them back? What if they go right back to the awful situation they came from? What if they are hurt/neglected once again? What's the point?

After lots of prayer and getting past “myself,” I realized it's not about me; it's about Him. If this is the path He is sending me on, He will have it all worked out. The children of this world are not our; they are His. I have the opportunity to share His love with the ones who are abused, neglected, and basically pushed aside because of the sinful world we live in!

So will all the work that Christ-followers do really impact His kingdom? Will the love of Christ that flows through believers be evident to these kids? I am sure of that and know that His love will make an everlasting impact on their lives. What proof do I have?

Heather, who is another foster mom in my small group, has an 8 year old boy that she has been pouring her life into for about a year. We will call him, "B." Recently, one of B's teachers, who used to work with me at the middle school, came for a visit. She stopped me in the hallway and started to tell me this story.

You know B right? He is so sweet and works so hard. We just love him. And do you know that one day he came to see me and started telling me about Jesus and how he didn't know Him before he came to stay with his mom? But he says he knows Him now. I am not a religious person but this just touched my heart."

Through Heather's obedience to the call of foster care, prayer, and support from our small group, Brook Hills, and the Alabama Baptist Children's Home, B’s life is different. His life will never be the same because he knows Jesus. The Jesus that will walk with him wherever he goes. The Jesus that will use him in ways that I can’t wait to see.

So in truth, foster care is hard and messy. It reveals selfishness and requires relying totally on the Lord. But it does impact His kingdom. Everyone should consider how they can be a part of the lives of these kids who are neglected and forgotten.

“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

 

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