Today was Orphan Sunday at church.
This means we have been with Jenks First Baptist for one year!
Sitting there, listening to the pastor and thinking how this time last year we were working through our foster care classes.
As the year ends, we will have had two kiddos in our house since we joined Jenks FBC.
One thing struck me though, that needs to be pointed out in a weekend geared mainly to adoption...
Not all kids need adopting.
But all kids need love, support & safety.
Adoption isn't something we have felt called to do. Maybe one day but I haven't been told to do that yet. We may never be called to adopt a child but I know for sure our hearts are called to reunify families. Just because a child is in foster care doesn't mean he/she needs saving, it means he/she just needs help while their 'people' get help or work a program. Sure, some in foster care do indeed need a forever home!!
I don't know... I just don't want people to think all kids in care need to take your last name.
Standing at the table in the lobby with my friends that have adopted.. there were 3 of them and between them, they have adopted 9 kids.
Maybe you don't feel that tug to adopt but you feel that urge to give kids a safe place and a warm bed and food for a period of time. THAT is needed TOO!!
I was sitting in church, wanting to yell to everyone that there is another way to help kids in crisis. It takes those called to adopt and those called to reunify. It takes those praying and those that can run errands. It takes the church. The church once had a roll in taking care of orphans. We need to return to that.
This started as a FB post so forgive the lack of structure.