Not everyone is called to adopt or foster children, but all of us can serve the fatherless by coming alongside the families in our midst who are caring for children. We want to help, but often we’re not sure how, so we say something like, “Let me know if you need anything.” Of course, we rarely hear when they do need something because they aren’t really sure what we meant when we made the offer.
Last night as I was reading through emails that have been sitting in my inbox far too long (I apologize profusely!), I noticed some common themes that brought this question to mind,
What would have helped you the most in the early weeks and months after adding a child to your family through adoption or foster care? If somebody had asked you, “What can I do to help?” and you were able to answer anything at all with no shame, guilt, or concern about whether they really would want to do it, what would it have been?
I would love to hear your thoughts on this, and I’m sure many people working in orphan care ministry would also like to know how you would answer this question. If you’ve been in the position of serving and helping other families, what seems to have blessed the families the most?
Take a moment to answer – we really want to hear from you — yes, you.
#351 – 360 giving thanks
success for Andrew and Mimi’s short films
a new recipe for dinner last night – and they liked it!
Honeybee and Sunshine baking bran muffins
Rusty’s good taste in dinner clean-up music
a young friend’s book being published
Rusty’s beautiful design for the cover – I’m in awe
Ladybug making lunch for the little ones while I take a walk through our hills
wind and wind and wind (a favorite line from Sarah, Plain and Tall – a lovely book)
glorious leaves on our maples
birds flitting about our new feeder by the back porch
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Encourage one another,
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