I so enjoyed our guest posters’ perspectives on adoption and how we can best minister to families who are on that adventure. I’m most thrilled that you had the opportunity to meet those precious families. This week we will explore the world of foster care and kidmin.
Since moving to Florida, I’ve loved getting to know families in our church who are passionate about foster care. It has been a new experience for me in ministry as we have a great number of kids in our kidmin who are or have been foster kids.
Here are the two realities that I’ve discovered and been reminded of:
– What an incredible opportunity for ministry! I will never forget a conversation with one of the foster mamas in my ministry as she shared the story of some of her kids. She very casually mentioned that these kids had been sleeping on the street before they came into her home. Like literally sleeping on the street. My little suburbian brain had a tough time with that, but it is reality. It is the reality of children in our community that we too often ignore. But they are the children that I think Jesus would spend His time with. And here they are in our church doors because there are families who love them and love Jesus enough.
– What a challenge for ministry! With kids who have had a really tough time come really tough issues. It can make kidmin messy. And hard. But, show me the verse that says the gospel is easy. Show me where we decided ministry needed to be neat? When I study Jesus’ words, He seems to talk alot more about ministry focusing on the hurting kids than the suburban kids. So, yes, ministering to foster kids is tough. But it is the good, gospel kind of tough!
He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:12-14)
I look forward to exploring this world with you this week. I especially look forward to the firsthand wisdom of families in the trenches.