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Here is what men need to know about foster care.

We need to care about this issue because God cares deeply about it.
Scripture is filled with verses where God commands us to take care of the fatherless, the marginalized, and the oppressed. Psalm 68:5-6a strongly introduces God as “A father to the fatherless and the oppressed” and says “he sets the lonely in families.” If God sees this as a fit title for Himself, it should motivate us to find out why and see where the answer leads us.

Men uniquely have a critical opportunity to help reshape tragic and distorted fatherhood views projected on God.
Sadly, many kids in foster care have unhealthy and even abusive experiences with men and earthly fathers. This can be a true barrier to understanding the love of their heavenly father. We are NEEDED to shatter this barrier!

Part of leading well is listening well to our wives.
So often God speaks through their soft hearts. If your wife has been “bugging” you about getting involved in foster care, it may just be God himself speaking to YOU. Countless men have been summoned to foster care through the sensitive listening of their wives to the Holy Spirit. We need to listen well and pray often for discernment.

The gospel is both our motivation and demonstration in foster care.
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” -John 14:18
When we step into broken stories and meet kids where they are in their pain and uncertainty, we are demonstrating and living out the very thing Jesus did for us. He pursued us before we were cleaned up, he sacrificed before we were grateful, and He loved us right where we were. We are uniquely positioned in foster care to mirror this powerful picture of the gospel to the many watching around us as well.

There are many ways to be involved with foster care. But EVERYONE can do something. Sign up HERE and let us help you find the right spot for you!

 

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