So our church just finished up a sermon series on the book of Amos. It was all about the injustice that surrounds us and what we as Christians are called to do about it. It focused a lot on becoming aware of the injustice that we close our eyes to or maybe even bring about ourselves and what we can do to change it.
One of the initiatives that our church is starting is trying to make sure every child in the foster care system has a loving Christian home to live in. As being the largest evangelical church in our state we are hoping to be an example and help other churches to come alongside us. There are enough people in churches around our state to take in every child in the foster care system. We have this chance to change our state! To give every child a loving and God centered home!
Nick and I had been always planning on being foster parents one day. We always thought we'd wait till we were done having our own children and let them grow up a bit so that we might be better equipped to take care of a child of any age. Now we are prayerfully considering doing it sooner. First we'd like to start with respite care for Foster families. That is, being trained to take kids for a weekend or overnight so that their foster parents can get away and have a break. Then taking in foster children ourselves.
We aren't sure the timeline of this. We have to first clean up our basement bedroom. That is going to take a lot of work, because technically it isn't even a bedroom right now. So not only do we have to re-drywall the room, we need to install an egress window so that the room is within code to be a bedroom. We have a bathroom down there that needs to be fixed up, though that isn't a top priority. Lastly we need to re-carpet the entire basement, because it has been ruined by lots of different things.
Since Nick is still only temping we don't even know when we could possibly start this huge project. So we're praying. It's all in God's timing. I'm excited though!