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One City. One Hope: Who is the Mother to the Motherless?

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On November 7th, we hosted a night that brought 15 churches and 100 people together to pray for and unite on behalf of the kids in DC’s foster care system and those at risk of entering.

That’s the meat and potatoes. But as we all know, the details never do it justice. For me, November 7th was a reflection of the heart of DC127. People from churches all of over the city came together because of their love for Christ and their commitment to the children of DC. And that’s kind of beautiful.DC127-0013

If you weren’t able to make it, we’ve uploaded the video of our main speaker, Robert Gelinas, below (and it’s posted here).

The whole thing was quite powerful, but there was one question in particular that Robert posed that struck me. He said that if we are the Bride of Christ, and if God is the Father to the fatherless, then who is the mother to the motherless?

I hadn’t thought of the church in this sense before. I’ve prayed over and over that as the Father to the fatherless, God would move in Washington, DC on behalf of the children without homes. I’ve prayed that as the Father to the fatherless, God speak to each child so they knew they weren’t alone. And I have prayed that the Church in DC would reflect this trait of Christ and take up the reputation of caring for the orphan that the Church has heDC127-0056ld since its founding, but understanding the Church as the mother to the motherless gave a name, role, and new light to our responsibility as Christ’s Bride, Body, and People.

Our goal is to see Washington, DC be a city where every child has a home and families get the support they need, but there are many ways we could do this without taking the time to create a network of churches. There are many wonderful initiatives in our city, but it would be a sin if the foster care wait list was reversed and the church wasn’t part of that success. Inherent to this vision of a city that cares for its children is the leadership of the church in DC ensuring the success of each child.

There are about fifty other points in Robert’s talk that made me stop and think, so I’ll just let you watch the video instead of parsing them all out here. The last point, for me, is if God is the father to the fatherless and if that does make us the mother to the motherless, then that truth eradicates any doubt that God is with us, strengthening us, and moving us forward.

-Chelsea, Director

P.S. If you want to see more photos from One City. One Hope, click here. And we’d like to thank Andrea and Renata for capturing the evening through pictures, and Nathan Cronk, Raphael Derungs, and InterMotion Media for recording the evening and creating the video below. And if you want to hear more from Robert, check out his new podcast.

One City. One Hope. – Robert Gelinas 3 from DC127 on Vimeo.

Our Orphan Sunday Prayer

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Blog-ButtonAs we work to recruit churches to our city-wide prayer gathering, One City. One Hope on November 7th, we’re calling on all churches to join churches across the globe in observing Orphan Sunday.

We’re asking all churches to join us in this prayer. As a collective Body across the city praying this prayer together, we’re engaging in Orphan Sunday alongside churches around the world.

You can print out the PDF version here: Orphan Sunday Prayer

You can also use the text version of the prayer below:

A prayer for Orphan Sunday

On this Orphan Sunday, we join with your people across our city, country and world to pray for children. We know that love for these precious children begins not with us, but with you. You pursued us when we were wayward and alone. You adopted us as your children. You invite us to address you as Abba and to live as your sons and daughters. Truly, we love because you first loved us.

You tell us also that you are near to the downtrodden and destitute. Your heart aches for children that face the world alone. You champion the cause of those who have no one else to take their side. And you call us to do the same.

So we pray that you would rouse us to share your heart. We ask that you would stir your people to passion and vision and action on behalf of children that have no family, and those in families in crisis.

We lift up to you the millions of children in the world who have lost their parents to disease, to war, to addiction, to poverty, to abandonment. As you promise to do, place the lonely in families. Be their defender, their provider, their hope and peace. Help us to do the same.

We pray also for the 400,000 children in our foster system in America, and the 1,200 children in Washington, DC. So often, they are bounced from home to home, knowing little love, consistency or true nurture. Please be their love, their consistency, their nurture. Help us to do the same.

And we pray for children at-risk of being removed from their families. Support these parents with your love, your grace, and your patience. Teach us to open our communities, welcoming families in distress and strengthening them as a unit.

We confess that we have often lived with little regard for these precious lives. Please forgive us. Lead us to take up their cause, not in guilt or obligation, but as a joyful response to your great love for us.

As we do, we pray that you would use our humble response to transform. To transform the lives of countless children both physically and spiritually. To transform us as we encounter you in them. To transform your Church as we lift our eyes beyond our own comfort and self-focused religion to live out the painful beauty of the Gospel. And finally, to transform a watching world as it catches glimpses of your love made visible through the actions of your people.

We commit all this to you, the One who is a father and mother to all, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

6 ways to help foster kids without becoming a foster parent

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We get it. Not everyone is in a place to be a foster parent right now. So what can you do to help kids in foster care? Quite a bit, actually. Adopt Us Kids offers several ways you can make a difference in the life of a foster kid—without committing to care for one full time:

  1. Train to be a court-appointed special advocate. We’ve written a few posts about this recently, and we’ll have more in coming weeks. You don’t have to be a lawyer or a social worker to speak up for a kid in foster care. You just have to be able to commit to seeing through a case, which typically takes one-and-a-half years. Advocating for a child involves gathering information from all the people in his life and presenting that information to a judge to help determine the best outcome for the child. To qualify, you have to go through training and a background check. Find out more here.
  2. Mentor a child. We talk about mentoring a lot here at DC127. That’s because it can have such an impact on the life of a child in foster care. As with a CASA, a mentor could be the only consistent adult in an itinerant teen’s life. Several programs offer opportunities to invest time in helping a child in foster care succeed. BEST Kids is one of many in the DC area alone. If you’re interested in getting connected as a mentor, send us an email at volunteer@dc127.org, and we’d be happy to help you find the right organization for you.
  3. Offer Your Photography Services. Do you take pride in capturing a telling expression on a face? Or taking fun, candid shots? Foster agencies need you! Often a parent’s first introduction to a child he or she might foster is a picture—and agencies need people to take those pictures! Use this database to find agencies that would benefit from your talents. Or contact the Heart Gallery of America Program, which uses framed photos in its expos and galleries to raise awareness about children waiting to be adopted.
  4. Become a Respite Provider. Foster parents need date nights, too! Do you love hanging out with kids and rue the fact that your nieces and nephews live so far away? Consider getting your kid fix by giving foster parents a break! You can provide temporary relief to a foster family by offering short-term child care. We would love to connect you to agencies and families in need of support- email us at volunteer@dc127.org.
  5. Donate supplies. It’s back-to-school time, and many foster kids won’t get anything new to start the year off right. Contact a local agency to find out how you can help make sure a child in foster care has some shiny new supplies.
  6. Sponsor a Foster Youth’s College Education.  Every year, tens of thousands of youth age out of foster care. They likely do not have family to help them transition to adulthood—or help with college expenses. Foster Care to Success ”connects the public to deserving college-bound foster youth” through a unique sponsorship program.

Mentoring: BEST Kids

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DC desperately needs foster families, but we understand that not everyone is in a position to foster or adopt right now. And while you might be interested in helping foster and adoptive families in other ways, many of you don’t know any foster or adoptive families, so it’s difficult to contribute to meal rotas or buy clothes.

But there’s one thing most everyone can do, and that’s become a mentor.

Today, we’re excited to tell you about BEST kids, a mentoring program in DC that, according to their brochure, “promotes better futures for youth in DC’s child welfare system by developing supporting one-on-one mentoring relationships between the youth and caring, consistent adults.” Sounds like most mentoring programs, right? But BEST kids is unique in a few ways. First, BEST kids believes in early intervention, so the program serves children as young as 6 years old. Think the idea of mentoring an adolescent is intimidating? Hanging out with a first grader wouldn’t be, right? Also, while many mentoring programs are site based, with mentors meeting with their mentees at a group site, BEST kids is community based. Sites for the larger monthly group gatherings change each month, and mentors are encouraged to decide with their mentees where to meet during their weekly get-togethers.

BEST kids is also unique in that it only works with children who are in foster care. At Foster the City, District Church Pastor Aaron Graham spoke about how important mentor relationships are for kids in foster care. Many of these kids are bouncing from foster home to foster home and enrolling in one school only to have to leave and enroll in another and then another, and sometimes they even change case workers. Aaron noted that a mentor might well be the only consistent adult in a child’s life during that child’s time in foster care. (Children in foster care spend a median of nearly three years in the system in DC.)

So consider becoming a mentor. It does require a time commitment—BEST kids mentors must be at least 21 and must be able to commit at least 10 hours a month for 15 months—but you’ll be making  a difference in the life of a child who desperately needs to know he’s not forgotten.

The cost of doing nothing

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This week we’re diving deeper into foster care and DC127. Read yesterday’s post by our Director. We’re specifically looking for 46 monthly donors  one for each month kids spend in foster care on average. Will you become a monthly donor today? 

We’ve all heard the stats:

  • 400,000 children in the United States are in the foster care system.
  • 96,000 of these children are available to be adopted.
  • 26,000 kids in foster care “age out” of the system, or are “emancipated,” every year.

And to bring it down to our level:

  • 1,179  children in the District of Columbia are in the foster care system.
  • 1,183 children are in their homes, but under the watch of DC Child and Family Services.
  • 108 children have the goal of adoption.
  • Children in foster care in DC spend an average of 46 months in the system (nearly twice the national average).
  • 77 percent of kids in DC waiting to be adopted are over 11 years old and at risk of aging out of care.

So what happens to these kids once they reach 18 and are legally on their own?  Jim Casey Youth has an infographic that spells out the cost of doing nothing: “On average, for every young person who ages out of foster care, taxpayers and communities pay $300,000 in social costs over that person’s lifetime. Social costs include taxpayer-funded costs such as public assistance and incarceration, as well as costs absorbed by the community, such as wages lost as a result of dropping out of high school.”

Studies show that, of the children who age out of the system without a permanent family,

  • 12-30 percent struggled with homelessness
  • 40-63 percent did not complete high school
  • 32-40 percent were forced to rely on some form of public assistance and 50 percent experienced extreme financial hardship
  • 18-26 percent were incarcerated

With 26,000 youth being emancipated each year, this adds up to nearly $8 billion in costs to the country. And these statistics represent only the financial toll on the country. They don’t tell the story of the challenges these kids experience as they age out of care and enter adulthood without the support of a family to guide them as they make big decisions, reach milestones, and build families of their own.

In light of all these dreary numbers, what can we do? Too often, we become overwhelmed and paralyzed. But we  understand that “doing nothing” is not an acceptable response for the church. We believe the answer is prevention. DC127 wants to keep kids from spending a quarter of their childhood in care and we aim to match adolescents at risk of aging out, with loving families before they are emancipated. We want to recruit families to foster and adopt our city’s young people, to ensure they don’t spend four years bouncing around and that they never have to leave the safety of a loving home.

Will you help us?

We’re looking for 46 people—to represent those 46 months kids spend in foster care—to help us achieve these goals.

We’re already seeing success. As we mentioned in yesterday’s post, just this month, using our church network, we were able to help settle a teen mom and her daughter in a home where they are thriving.

Join in our work by becoming one of 46 new monthly donors. Your investment in DC127 continues our efforts to unite area churches to circle around these children, and connect churches and foster families to the resources they need to make sure each child in the foster system has a place to call home and the support to realize his or her dreams.

The cost of doing nothing is too high. Join the movement and help us take action.

 

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DC127 & Foster the City on Time.com

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DC127 and Foster the City were featured on Time.com in a wonderful piece by Elizabeth Dias on November 3rd.   The piece features our Founder, Aaron Graham and his family, and Project Coordinator, Chelsea Geyer, as well as our partners at the National Council For Adoption.

Washington, DC, has more than 1,300 children in the foster care system, and 300 children waiting for adoption. But the nation’s capital also has something else, says Graham, pastor of District Church: 600 churches. ‘We thought, wow, if one in two churches helped support a family, there wouldn’t be any children on a wait list to be fostered or adopted but rather there would be families who are waiting to foster or adopt,’ Graham explains. ‘We want to change who waits.’

Since the article was published, we’ve heard from folks from all over the country that are interested in collaborating and learning how they can start something in their own place in the world.  We’re already following in the steps of groups from Colorado and Arizona  and have learned so much from them. We’re also part of a regional alliance and are connected with groups in Virginia and Maryland that are doing awesome work as well.

There’s no other way to explain this than that God is moving. Seeing the excitement and commitment from attendees at Foster the City was both humbling and inspiring. We’re so excited to keep moving forward and watch what happens both in Washington, DC and around the country  – and the world, for that matter!

Take a second and read the article (it’s well worth it) and maybe even share with a friend or two!

DC127 Takes Your Questions: Part 2

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This is the second in a series of blogs where DC127 Founders Amy and Aaron Graham and Project Coordinator Chelsea Geyer answer your questions. Check out the first post here. If you’ve got a question to add, or have a follow up question on something we’ve answered here, leave a comment or email us at info@dc127.org.

In this post, we’re focusing on questions around families adopting children of different races and ages.

1. How do you bridge the racial gap that often characterizes adoptive families? How do you talk about it within your family?

When Aaron and I knew we were going to adopt and were open to adopting transracially, I did a lot of research surrounding transracial adoption and talked with several families who had experienced it. What I found is that when you choose to adopt transracially, you become a different kind of family and you have to make decisions based on those differences. There are typically three different spheres of life that you must consider for the children you are adopting: neighborhood, school, and social contexts (like church). At the very least, one of the three need to reflect the culture and race of the child or children you are adopting. Your children need to see people who look like them and reflect their birth culture. The way we talk about it within our family, at this point, is very developmentally appropriate. Elijah will say that he and Natalie are chocolate and mommy and daddy are vanilla. To him it just helps him relate our skin color to things that he understands. Once again, I’ve done a lot of research on how other adoptive families have talked with their children about  race and I know our conversations will change and shift as the kids get older. One responsibility I feel as their mother is to help give them a realistic perspective of the racial dynamic of our society, which come with some very hard truths that I wish I didn’t have to prepare them for. –Amy

1a. What are some challenges you as a family have faced in adopting transracially? 

Adopting transracially has honestly not produced very many challenges. The biggest challenge rests on us as parents to make sure we help our children be aware of how race in America is seen, but to balance that with allowing them to understand their race and culture in a way that works for them. We certainly get looks as a family and it is never immediately obvious to the outside world that our children are “our” children, but for some reason it has never really been a challenge as of yet. There may be conversations that go on when we are not there, but to our face most people are extremely accepting, receptive and kind. The main challenge, which I mentioned on Sunday, in raising an African American daughter is that her hair is a big part of who she is and I have a responsibility to make sure I take care of it or I go to someone/salon who will. The best resource I’ve found is www.chocolatehairvanillacare.com . –Amy

1b. What racial reconciliation training is available?

I can’t really speak to trainings, although DC127 might eventually be doing trainings around topics like these. But, what I can speak to is the power of maintaining a relationship with the biological families. Whether the children are adopted transracially or not, maintaining a relationship with the biological family, at any level, is a really great idea. This helps the children as they get older and struggle with identity. They will then have an understanding of where they came from and the culture of their birth family. This can happen at varying levels and is not always perfect, but it can be really healthy for both the children and the birth family. How this plays out in our family is that we try to see Natalie and Elijah’s birth mothers once a year in South Carolina. The birth mothers don’t currently have our personal contact information and we don’t have theirs. We work through the agency as the liaison to communicate information back and forth. It has worked really well for us thus far. –Amy

2. Is it harder for African American couples to adopt African American orphans than for a white couple to adopt a African American orphan? Also would that fact have any psychological effect on the kid, especially because of the way the society is structured and environmental influence?

It is NOT harder for African American couples to adopt African American children, it actually might be easier, especially if we are talking domestic infant adoption or foster care. In domestic infant adoption the birth mother chooses the family she would like for her baby to be placed with based on a profile book that the adoptive family creates. If the birth mother is African American, it is very likely that she would want her baby to be placed with and raised by an African American Family. The same is true in foster care. The social workers and lawyers working on a case will be looking for a family that is the best fit for the child, and if the child is African American, then considering same race and culture as part of the equation to finding the best home is certainly a priority. The main thing that has hindered African American families, or other families, from adopting domestic infants is the economic factor. Adopting an infant through a private agency can often be very expensive and can often be a barrier for any family.

3. What can you say to those who are interested in adoption but prefer children based on their own ethnicity or race?

For those who prefer children based on their own ethnicity or race, it is entirely possible. The only caveat is, depending on the race or culture represented, it could take a very long time to adopt an infant domestically or through foster care or you may find that your only option is really international adoption. In DC, around 90% of children in foster care are African American. Nationally, about 41% of children in foster care are white, 27% are African American, 21% are Hispanic (of any race), and 10% are of other races or multiracial (2011).  Oftentimes, the more open you are to children from a variety of racial or cultural backgrounds, the more quickly you will have babies or children placed with you.

4. For families with children who are interested in adoption & foster care, how important is maintaining birth order when introducing a new child into the family? 

It really depends on the dynamic within the family. A lot of research says that it is very important to maintain birth order, and that may be true, but again it depends on the family and the children making up that family. For our family, we have felt it important to maintain birth order for now, but I could see a time where we might have our younger children and foster (potentially adopt) teenagers. So, it really depends on the family, the experience and expertise or comfortability of the parents. –Amy

I would agree with Amy. In my family, birth order was kept for me (the oldest) and broken for my younger biological sister (now in the middle). It is definitely something families need to be conscious of both before and after a child is placed in the home. It also depends on the children’s ages. To be honest, I think it would have been difficult for me as a teenager if my parents had adopted someone a year or two older than me, replacing me as the oldest child, but that may have been different if I was younger and my parents adopted someone several years older than me. If this is something your family is considering and you have school age kids, I would encourage you to talk to your children about it, explain the need, listen to them, and let them know you’re thinking of them during this decision. –Chelsea

5. Is there a cut off age for kids that can be adopted?

There is not a cut off age for a child to be adopted, you can actually be adopted at any point in your life. Many older teenagers choose not to be adopted for a variety of reasons, but they might still want to have a legal guardian or a person or place to call “home.” Many older teens also still want to be adopted and become a permanent, legal part of a family.

Foster the City – Just the Beginning

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Foster the City was just the beginning

We’ve had a lot of highlights in the short time since DC127 started, but by far Foster the City, co-hosted with the National Council For Adoption, has been our favorite.

Foster the City was about bringing churches, agencies, organizations, and city leaders together around a common commitment to children in foster care – and it happened. It was about mobilizing hundreds of attendees to find their place in caring for kids in foster care, no matter their place in life, and believing that everyone can do something – and it happened. And ultimately, Foster the City is about the 1,300 kids in the DC foster care system. It’s about giving them the support, love, and families that every child deserves. And it’s happening.

We know that Foster the City was just the beginning, and we measure its success not by how many people came on Saturday (though that absolutely was a success), but by the change we see in the months and years to come. If you weren’t able to make it on Saturday, be sure to join our newsletter to keep updated on next steps, and you can always find out how to plug in on our About page. If you’re interested in taking the next step towards fostering or adopting, join us for an orientation on November 18th.

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Foster the City Partner Organizations

The Barker Foundation
BEST Kids
Bethany Christian Services
Care Company
Child and Family Services
Family and Youth Initiative
Family Matters
Foster and Adoptive Parent Advocacy Center
Latin American Youth Center
Lutheran Social Services
National Center for Children and Families

Dreaming Big

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As we prepare for Foster the City, we’ve gotten some of our friends and faithful volunteers to write their thoughts and guest blog for us. And the next: Courtney Albon, everyone. Courtney has been part of a core team of volunteers planning Foster the City, and because of her and her team, you’ll be able to hear the speakers and see the presentations on Saturday. And that’s somewhat important. Courtney- thank you for being a solid person and a consistent source of laughter – DC127 .

Sit with this thought for just a minute: There are hundreds of kids and teenagers in our city who dream about being part of a family.

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Kids are great at dreaming about the future. They don’t put the same boundaries around their aspirations as adults. They dream big. I used to dream about one day being being a famous soccer player or breaking Violet Beauregarde’s record for competitive gum chewing (she’s the blue girl from Willy Wonka). A lot of my dreams were lofty, some were a little weird, but I wasn’t cynical yet. I trusted they were in reach. I liked hoping.

The other day, my sister sent me a link to a video that featured the stories of about a dozen kids, all of them older than 12, who had grown up in foster care. They talked about what they wanted in a family. One boy said he hoped for a mom who shared his interest in baking. Another just wanted to not be lonely all the time. One girl said she wanted a family who would laugh at her jokes.

The oldest girl featured on the video, Shailene, was 20 years old. Shailene has a muscular disorder and is confined to a wheel chair. She has spent most of her life in foster care, but still dreams of having a family to spend Christmas and Thanksgiving with. At one point, she said that she has always wanted to come home from school and show her mom her report card.

“I have been wanting a family for a long time,” she said.

Some of the young people in our city have been waiting for families for a very long time. While they wait, they dream about the family they’ll one day have — and they’re not asking for a lot. They want a dad to tuck them in. They want someone to go hiking with and someone to talk to when they get home from school. They want people in their lives who will be on their side today and 20 years from today.

These are kids who are full of hope. They have been waiting for a long time, but they believe that our city will help them. Maybe it’s time for us to join them in that.

On Nov. 2, you’ll have a chance to learn about the practical and important things you can do to affirm the hope that these young people have in our city. Show up. Prove them right.

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Foster the City. November 2nd. Washington Convention Center.

 

Being Willing.

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The next in our series of guest posts as we prepare for Foster the City, Blythe Scott! When we say “we,” Blythe is a part of that. She has been helping to form and launch DC127 before it had a name. Her love for vulnerable children and leadership around the issue led many others to get involved. She’s a joy to be around and selflessly committed to serving our world. Blythe, the rest of us love you and are so grateful to call you friend. – DC127 

Last week, my husband and I took in a one-year old for four days.

BlytheWhen God first began moving in our hearts for the vulnerable children of DC, my husband (Stephen) and I prayed that God would help us be intentional about loving and serving His children. As we prayed and He opened our eyes to the heartbreaking situations and systemic issues that cause kids to be classified as “vulnerable,” He also began to open my eyes to the fact that He calls us to more than big ideas and big picture actions (which is where I am naturally drawn). As Pastor Aaron Graham says, “It would be a nightmare to one day realize we’ve spent our whole lives working for the poor and vulnerable without every actually having a relationship with any of them.”

So as Christ has been continually teaching us what it looks like to love those around us as He has first loved us, Stephen and I have sought to go outside our comfort zone and invest intentionally in the lives of the vulnerable where He has put us. One of the ways God has led us to do this is through the foster care system. He has opened our eyes to the reality that many of the vulnerable children in our city are in the system or close to entering it, and the needs that exist within the system.

Around the same time that our eyes were being opened and the foundation for DC127 was being built, God led me to be intentional in a relationship with a low-income, single mother in our community. As Steve and I began to walk with this mother and her children, God opened my eyes even more to the needs of vulnerable children both in the foster care system and those close to entering it, and the spaces where the Church is needed to step in. Although often hard, we are so grateful to know this family – we have come to know Christ more through our relationships with them, and have also been blessed to be able to be Christ’s hands and feet.

This brings me back to why we had a one-year old live with us last week. This is an emotional post to write, because it was the little boy of this mother we’ve been walking with the past couple years. Though we are not in a place to foster or adopt right now, we were able to take him in when a tough situation came up with the mother that prevented her from being able to care for him. Because of the relationship Steve and I have with her we were able to be there in that time and help in the way God was asking of us: by taking care of this sweet little one until we could determine what was going to happen with his mom.

It was an intense week that we’re still processing and praying through. But God reminded us of several important truths through that week: that He loves His children more than I could ever know, and that what He has given us is not ours but is meant to be used so that we can better be His hands and feet. Though hard, I am immeasurably grateful that we were able to be there for this mother and take care of her child in a time of need. I’ve seen more than ever how important it is to be invest in the vulnerable around us and be willing to be used, in whatever way God asks.

I truly believe that as followers of Christ we are all called to be in intentional relationships with the vulnerable children and hurting families of our city. Many of us already work for the vulnerable – but I believe we are also called to know the vulnerable. It’s a daily process, learning how to love more like Christ – and there are a lot of days it’s hard. But it is what God asks of us – God desires that our hearts break and our whole lifestyles be affected because we are so personally invested in loving the vulnerable. And He has opened the door clearly for us in DC to start with the foster care system.

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Which is why we are so excited about DC127! Whether you can foster, adopt, mentor, or support a family, as we saw again in our own lives the past couple weeks, God just calls us to be willing. Willing to be taken out of our comfort zone a bit, willing to be in relationship, willing to serve in whatever way God is calling us at this point. For some that might mean opening up your home and your family to a child living in instability and fostering or adopting. For others like Steve and myself who are not in a place yet to foster or adopt, it might mean befriending a single mother and learning what support she needs to love her children well. It might mean forming consistent relationships with a foster youth and being a steady presence in their lives amidst turmoil. Maybe it means supporting foster parents by babysitting their kids, bringing them a meal, and just walking with them through the process.

The call isn’t just for individuals. How powerful would it be if the Church in DC united around intentionally loving the children in the foster care system or those close to entering? Think how beautiful it would be if across our city Christ was known because the Church stood together and made sure EVERY child had a safe, loving home. This is God’s vision and He asks us to join Him in making it a reality.

May God’s Kingdom come, His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Like Blythe said, God just asks us to be willing. Join us on November 2nd at Foster the City and be willing to find where you’re called to serve children in foster care. We know not everyone can foster or adopt, but everyone can do something.

Foster the City. November 2nd. Washington Convention Center.

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