“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:3-4 ESV
May is National Foster Care Month. We at Mosaic Of Moms have a heart for all forms of mothering including foster mothering.
Our purpose for this week is to encourage those who are currently working with foster children, to bring awareness to the need for Godly homes for these children, and to inspire our readers to consider new areas of ministry.
This week we bring perspectives from some outstanding women who have experienced the foster care system in various forms: as a foster child, as foster mothers, and as foster siblings.
As part of our focus, we also want to highlight three ministries that reach out with Christ’s arms to the foster children of Northwest Arkansas.
- First, The C.A.L.L. (Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime) is a Christian non-profit Foster Care Church Initiative in which various churches are partnering with the leadership of the Arkansas DHHS’ Division of Children and Family Services. The idea is that prospective foster, adoptive, and respite care parents can go through state-approved training WITHIN a church setting and therefore have a built-in support system within the church family. Their name originates from God’s call on the Church: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” James 1:27. Their mission is “to educate, equip and encourage the Christian community to provide a future and a hope for the children in foster care.” (Facebook Link)
- Second is OpenOurEyesPhotography. Desiree Howard started this business a little over one year ago. She loves photography. Always has since she was little. It’s more than a hobby or business; it’s a passion. Pictures bring memories to life. They help us remember. Photos should be fun and full of life. Full of realness. When you look at a picture you should see personality. They should make you smile and laugh. Her passion for photography goes hand in hand with a desire to help others. And after much prayer and seeking the Lord through His Word about starting this business, God led her to donating to foster care families, adoptive families, and missions. Desiree believes what God desires of all of us is to pursue our God-given talents and passions and that those will always involve others. This is what drives this business. Or should we say WHO. (Facebook Link)
- Finally, Saving Grace, Inc. This ministry for young women who age-out of the foster system, provides transitional living and life skills training that addresses the whole person. Their purpose is to be “a Christ centered, safe harbor offering acceptance, restoration and hope to young women of Northwest Arkansas, preparing them for inter-dependent living.” (Facebook Link)
Our friend, Becky Shaffer, is the Co-Founder & Executive Director of Saving Grace Inc. She grew up in the foster system and then became a foster-mother. God blessed Becky with the vision of SGI, and through her obedience, God is using this ministry to shape the lives of many young women in NWA. Our very own Kerri Young was on the Founding Board. Melissa, Gretchen, and I have been involved with this ministry in various ways as well. This ministry is dear to our heart and so is Becky!
Becky will be our main guest blogger this week! We are honored that she would share with us God’s amazing work in her life.
This week at MosaicOfMoms:
Monday: For the Love of a Mother; Safe in the Arms of The Father- Becky Shaffer will share her testimony of growing up in the foster system and how those experiences shaped her as a mother.
Wednesday: 10 Things I Forgot About Life with Strangers- Becky Shaffer will give practical advice about fostering from the perspective of someone who has lived it.
Thursday: Voices of Foster Siblings- We will hear from two children, who are now adults, about what it was like to grow up in a home in which their biological families welcomed foster children.
Friday: Voices of Foster Mothers- We will hear from several foster mothers about the greatest joy and the greatest challenge of fostering.