A: We believe that God has given some clear commandments in the Bible (i.e. James ) about looking out for the needs of orphans, and we believe that the term “orphans” includes all children who need a home (whether temporary or permanent). His unique calling on our lives has brought us through months of prayer and seeking God’s will about how we can be involved in the ministry of orphan care in a practical way. We believe that this is something that is important to God and, therefore, it should also be important to us. We know that there will be sacrifices along this journey and that sometimes life will be really hard and uncomfortable. However, that is not an excuse for us to say no to this opportunity to make a difference in the life of someone in need.
Here’s a couple excerpts from books on foster parenting that explain this concept better than our own words can.
“God had fostered in my heart a willingness to make sacrifices for the benefit of an orphaned child. I am willing to sacrifice my comfort, agenda, and wealth for the benefit of a child even when I know I have a good chance that I will suffer some kind of pain.”
“Your life is probably crazy busy. But you are far more brave than you realize to say yes despite all the reasons you have to say no, and you are capable of handling far more than you could ever possibly imagine - even if it doesn't feel like it right now. … He doesn't expect you to understand it all now; He's simply asking you to trust Him with the next step, and then the next, then the next … Your "no" is a lot more difficult on them [kids in crisis] than your "yes" will ever be on you. Perhaps these kids need your family as much as your family needs these kids. One is given comfort and security for likely the first time in their life while the other is freed from comfort and security, and as a result, actually finds life. Jesus Himself said, "Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it." (Matthew ) In perhaps one of the most counterintuitive and countercultural statements He ever made, we find what life is all about - losing ourselves for the sake of someone else's gain. Hard? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely. What you stand to lose pales in comparison to what everyone, including yourself, stands to gain. There's never really a perfect time to foster or adopt; just a lot of opportunities to say yes to losing yourself despite the many reasons you have to say no.”