The Foster Care Crisis: The Church’s Next Mission Field

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“Today’s churches have a tremendous mission opportunity before them; the mission to help children in foster care.”

Recently, I have had the blessing and wonderful opportunity to speak to churches about how they can help children in care. During these occasions, I have witnessed lives changed as others heard the call to care for children in foster care. I have seen people moved to tears from the stories I have shared with them about my own children from foster care. I have listened as others have told me of their inability to have children of their own, yet felt the call to help other children. I have even sat by those who have told me through tears about their own experiences when they were abused and abandoned as a child, and wanted to help those children today who are experiencing a similar fate. In all these occasions, I have seen others looking for ways to reach out to foster children, seeking ways to protect them.

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“Perhaps there is a church in your area that is looking for a way to minister to others.”

I recently heard from one foster parent who told me that their church was collecting new and gently used suitcases for the foster children in their area. When a child came into care in their community, the church would work alongside the town’s foster parent association, and make sure that each child received a suit case. In fact, there are many such organizations across the United States that provide similar services.

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Leading foster care expert and international empowerment speaker

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