Monday, December 27, 2010

Foster/Adoption challenge worth considering

I just read a post by a pastor, David Platt, who ministers to a 4,000-member church in Alabama.

Check out what he reports-

One day I called up the Department of Human Resources in Shelby County, Alabama, where our church is located, and asked, “How many families would you need in order to take care of all the foster and adoption needs that we have in our county?”

The woman I was talking to laughed.

I said, “No, really, if a miracle were to take place, how many families would be sufficient to cover all the different needs you have?”

She replied, “It would be a miracle if we had 150 more families.”

When I shared this conversation with our church, over 160 families signed up to help with foster care and adoption. We don’t want even one child in our county to be without a loving home. It’s not the way of the American Dream. It doesn’t add to our comfort, prosperity, or ease. But we are discovering the indescribable joy of sacrificial love for others, and along the way we are learning more about the inexpressible wonder of God’s sacrificial love for us.

Redeemer isn't that big of a church...but still, this has me thinking...


Michael Lockridge said...

This is a wonderful post, and a wonderful idea. I hate to seemingly pour cold water on it, and that is not my intent. It is important, however, to recall that the situations that bring about the need for foster parents and adoption are often dark ones.

The children of broken homes are offspring of broken people. Many of those people don't behave well, and sometimes the children don't behave well even in a loving and nurturing environment. There are genuine risks that need to be assessed by the prospective foster or adoptive parents.

For those willing to take the risks with open eyes and open hearts, however, there are great rewards. Hurt feelings, physical injury and loss of property are real risks, but can be mitigated through wisdom.

Participating in the redemption of a lost and broken human being is an opportunity that should not be quickly put aside.

This is a great idea, and one I shall ponder. Our present burden and great opportunity will not continue much longer. Perhaps...

Anonymous said...

That's heart-warming, and there weren't even any specifics laid out.

You haven't posted anything about your own foster-parent endeavor for quite some time. Could you indulge your readers with an update?

Woody Woodward said...

Wow, what a blessing and what a vision! Pastor, maybe you might share a personal thought on your’s and Shari’s expectations & experiences. Then, where we might begin; ie age limits on potential foster/adoptive families, producers for signing up, costs involved, family training and expectations of foster parents, housing requirements.
As Michael suggested, as wonderful as this is, it won't all be a bed roses, but what a blessing beyond words.

Reepicheep said...

Good comments above.

I'm praying about how this might look at our church. Kansas requires a licensing process that is a bit burdensome- that's the biggest obstacle for many people who might be willing to foster.

I'll do a more extensive post on our current placement in January.

In brief, we received a 5 week old baby with 12 fractured ribs and a broken leg (the father abused her) back in March. She has lived with us ever since and is doing great. We love her a lot. It's doubtful either parent will get her back, so there's a chance for us to adopt her-which we will, if it's possible. There's an important court date related to her situation in late January, so we should know more then. We haven't taken any other placements besides her as having a newborn is pretty hectic. It's been great for our whole family though- a total blessing. She's a real cutie.

Penelope said...

So thrilled to find your website! We adopted a foster boy last year and will adopt another in 2011! I'm your newest follower!

Reepicheep said...

Congrats Penelope! That's awesome. Praise God.

We have had 7 foster children since getting licensed almost 2 years ago. We're hoping we get to adopt our latest one, but we are trying to remain calm and realistic. Our calling is to provide safety and love for her as long as the Lord allows us to watch over her.

You'll find quite an assortment of posts on this blog...not all as helpful as others. :)

Emily said...

That is a powerful story. I love seeing God work in the hearts of His children. We are anxious to get going in our classes!

Woody Woodward said...

Pastor, I had some time this afternoon and thought our newest member of the Repicheep blogger family, Mrs. Penelope, would be blessed by reading your blogs on yours and Shari’s, and the entire Felich family faith/adoption/foster Journey:
#221 Thursday, December 20, 2007, God willing, the Brothers Felich will soon be joined

#495 Tuesday, December 9, 2008, Foster to Adopt

#554 Wednesday, February 18, 2009, Foster/Adoption Update

#595 Thursday, April 2, 2009, There really aren't "unwanted" pregnancies

#798 Thursday, October 8, 2009, Tough Goodbyes in the Felich House today

#931 Friday, March 12, 2010, Felich Foster far
(The March 12, 2010, is your moving blog about the precious one the Lord has given you and Shari to foster and train up in the ways of the Lord.)

#1004 Friday, May 7, 2010, A Total Cutie

#1097 Thursday, August 26, 2010, How foster care has changed our family