The Special Blessing of Foster Care

Orphan Sunday (November 10) is only two weeks away. It’s a day when churches across the world will stand together to support children in foster care. Read below to see how our church members are taking this opportunity to engage the whole person with the whole gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Casey Freeman and Savannah McNeil, members of The Church at Lockeland Springs, have been best friends for more than seven years. The Lord has tremendously provided for these two women by giving them the blessing of being roommates in a four-bedroom house in East Nasvhille. The two friends each have their own room on the bottom floor, and they’ve used the upstairs as an Air BnB—a great way for them to pay their shared housing expenses and for them to meet new people. Little did they know, the Lord would soon use their upstairs in a new and unconventional way.

Casey and Savannah recently attended an information session for Bethany Christian Services at the Lockeland Springs campus. The organization’s mission is to provide transitional foster care for unaccompanied minors crossing the border. The children are placed with temporary foster parents until the federal government can find a family member or more permanent sponsor in the U.S. Typically, these children will live with a foster family for 1-2 months. After attending the meeting, Casey and Savannah’s hearts were further broken for the refugee and immigrant population.

Savannah mentioned, ‘I instantly knew this was what God wanted me to do. It’s something that might seem a little crazy to others—two best friends fostering children who don’t speak the same language—but there’s always been a special place in my heart for immigrants, as my mother’s family came from Mexico many years ago. The Lord has placed on both of our hearts a passion for justice, and He gave us both an opportunity to do something about it.’

The story of these ladies is a reflection of biblical characters. From David to Esther to Nehemiah, God has this interesting way of using the most unlikely—in man’s standards—candidates to accomplish His will on earth.

Casey stated, ‘Savannah and I are definitely not the traditional model for a foster family. Clearly set up for married couples, the process has been challenging and funny at times. I have been living the life of a single woman my entire adult life, coming and going as I please, so fostering is going to be a massive change for me. I will rely on God and the people He has placed in my life to help me through this. There isn’t an ounce of me that believes that this will be easy, but I know this is the ministry He is calling me to accomplish.’

Two daughters of God, who hardly speak any Spanish, have raised their hands to accept the calling of Matthew 25:35-40. Thankfully, that calling doesn’t come with a list of qualifications.

As you pray about what God may be calling you to do and who He may be calling you to serve, be encouraged with Casey’s words: ‘Every time in my life when God has pushed me way out of my comfort zone, it has always been worth it. This is the biggest leap of faith I have ever taken, and I know it will be the hardest thing I’ve ever done to date. However, God never ceases to amaze me. I know He is always good, and He faithfully blesses those who walk in obedience to His will.'” —Johanna Vann, Editorial Volunteer

Over the next two weeks, we will be providing you with more information in the articles section on how you can be a part of this special day. So, be on the lookout for the ways that you can show the love of Jesus anywhere, anytime, with anybody as we lead up to Orphan Sunday.