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12 June 2019

How is fostering going?

Paul Webber (LT pics 2016) Paul Webber Minister
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“How is fostering going?” is a question I’m asked a lot, and it’s quite hard to answer succinctly. But Rebekka and I read something recently which we could relate to. I’ve adapted it to help give insight.

The remainder of this post is adapted (with kind permission of the author) from God’s Got This: Praying For Kids In Foster Care, a devotional written by Jacqui Jackson M. Ed of Ignite Hope.

Every day people are working to stem back the flow of hurt, trauma and loss that foster children face. Those social workers, directors, therapy providers, and many others get up every day knowing the truth – that making a difference in the life of a child who has faced pain isn’t a quick fix. It is a daily slogging uphill, a celebration of huge victories that the world might deem as unworthy of celebration, and a willingness to get up and do it all over again, no matter how hard the last day felt – spiritually, emotionally and even physically.

There are administrators in Southampton City Council who are making hard decisions, ones that not everyone will understand or even agree with. They are working with the knowledge that they have today, and are hoping their choices now make a positive impact for tomorrow. Some of these people are parents and govern with a parent’s heart. Some of these administrators are not, choosing instead to dedicate their lives and career to other people’s children. Some of these are Christian and others have suffered church-hurt that makes trust and belief feel like concepts too foreign to embrace.

No matter how an individual was called into this space, God can use each person. No matter how you feel called into this space, God invites you into His Story. The God of the universe who is omniscient and who is omnipresent has invited us, His children, to come to Him as a good Father and to ask and pray on behalf of children everywhere. He is willing to step in in real ways – for the 1 – when it may not shift things to the physical eye for the other 99.

Why not intercede right now, asking, “Father in heaven. Your children here on earth are hurting. There are people called to do difficult work, and they need encouragement to keep fighting a battle that often can feel like they are running a marathon straight uphill. Give them wings to fly, encouragement to claim, and victories that will keep them going. We pray wise counsel and discerning hearts as they make and implement policy that will impact our nation’s most vulnerable children. We pray that you will move mightily and make yourself known to these frontline soldiers in real ways today. Guide them, direct their steps and please keep them ever on our minds so that we do our part by interceding for them every day. Amen.”

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no-one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:28‭-‬31)

You can read the rest of the "God’s Got This: Praying For Kids In Foster Care" devotional on Bible.com. Ignite Hope also publishes several other devotionals and resources on fostering, adoption and special needs.

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