Each year, over 20,000 kids age out of foster care in our country. It’s devistating to consider that each and every one of these children will transition into adulthood very much alone…seemingly unwanted.
But God, in his Word, addresses this statistic and reveals his purpose for these children. In scripture we find that the Lord desires the lonely to be set in families (Psalm 68:6). We see that he desires justice for the weak and the fatherless (Psalm 82:3). We learn that God desires these weary and burdened souls to find rest (Matthew 11:28).
If we read these passages and believe them to be passions of our Lord, we ought to be responding to them in joy. If we know that caring for those that Christ cares for brings Him glory, we ought to be passionately pursuing that. If we are people who have been miraculously, graciously, lovingly, undeservingly saved, then we ought to be people who are fighting to bring children who feel hopeless to the Savior.
It’s time for God’s people to say yes. Yes to inconveniences. Yes to laying down expectations for how we think our lives should look. Yes to selflessness. Yes to messes and tantrums and really hard days.
The Lord will provide the means and the strength, Church. Hebrews 13:21 says that He will “equip you with every good thing to do His will. And he may accomplish in us what is pleasing in His sight though Christ Jesus, to whom be glory forever and ever!” You’re equipped for the job: the messes and the tantrums and the really hard days. Let’s not forget who is equipping us, either. This God that we will turn to in the seemingly impossible moments of orphan care is the same one that created literally everything. He has been forever and will never stop. He has defeated every evil, even death. He is all powerful, all knowing. Therefore…faithful, obedient, Christ-exaulting Christian…your God is able to heal the vulnerable child you lay your life down for. He is able to give you wisdom in the day-to-day. He is able to provide rest and peace during the sleepless nights. In fact, “He is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20). In other words, when you care for the fatherless out of a love for the Father, you can expect nothing less than the glorious unexpected!
Here’s a family that did just that. Their decision to take in a teenager was solely based on their desire to please God and glorify Him through their obedience. Because of their selflessness, one less child will “age out”. Instead, this child will transition to adulthood in the ever-loving arms of a family that is passionatly living out the Gospel. Check out their Video, and prayerfully consider how you too can say YES to caring for those the Lord cares for.