December 13, 2015
There is something about a baby, a newborn baby, needing a foster home that deeply impacts me.
All abuse, regardless of age, is horrific and should make our stomachs churn. But sometimes, I wonder why a baby being cast aside or broken by those that should love them the most impacts me on the deepest level imaginable. Is it because I remember when my son and daughter were born? That I can clearly recall how small and vulnerable they were? Or is it because I think about our savior Jesus Christ’s birth? How, from the beginning of His life, many hated and conspired to kill him even as a baby?
I know many of our foster parents have prayerfully considered these same questions. One such A Door Of Hope foster family comes to mind…let’s call them the ‘Z’ family for the sake of their privacy.
Recently, the Z family received the call that every one of our foster families knows all too well: a stranger on the other line, asking them if they would take a child into their home, family, and heart. The Z family prayerfully answered this call with a ‘yes.’ This simple word meant that they would soon have a beautiful baby girl in their lives for an unknown length of time.
But due to details we can’t share, this baby was to stay in the hospital initially. So what did our foster mom do? Instead of waiting at home for the baby’s arrival, our foster mom traveled to the hospital to sit with and hold this beautiful baby day after day after day. While holding this sweet child on one such occasion, our foster mom shared with us that she prayed:
“Lord let me be there for her like you’ve been there for me, get my expectations out of this, get my flesh away from her, and allow me to love her like you’ve loved me.”
This foster mom’s humble, faithful, and obedient heart in that hospital room is an incredible example of 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 which says,
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
The need is great in our community. Throughout Tampa Bay, 6-8 children are removed from their families every day due to abuse, neglect, and abandonment. But hope IS being introduced to these children through Christian families like the Z family.
May I be bold in asking you to join us in this work?
If you have not yet financially supported A Door Of Hope, please consider becoming a “Hope Partner.” Hope Partners are fellow Christ followers committed to ensuring that every child in our community has a home. Hope Partners do this by pledging a monthly financial gift to A Door Of Hope.
Just $32 a month will literally pay for the training, licensing, and supporting of one new Christian foster home in our community! That home WILL be used to provide hope to children right here in Tampa Bay.
Can your family give the gift of a foster home this Christmas Season? Become a Hope Partner today and visit our Donations page!