Jessi oversees our intake, case management, home study and training. She has a long history in foster care [executive bio] and served as FaithBridge’s executive director from 2014-2015.
We recently chatted with Jessi to find out what she loves about her job, her dream for foster care and more.
You’ve worked in foster care for many years. Why foster care?
From a young age, God placed a desire on my heart to serve others through missions. I have learned that you don’t have to leave your community to do mission work. I am blessed that I get to share this opportunity with other believers and help families engage in foster care ministry right in their own home.
So what’s your favorite part of your job?
It is life giving for me to watch God raise up new foster families and their journey tells us so much about God’s faithfulness to meet our every need. I am blessed to watch families bravely live out their faith. Our children may come to us from difficult situations, but Jesus changes everything and the best gift of all is when our children come to know the hope, healing and love that only comes from Jesus Christ.
What’s your dream for foster care?
Currently we turn down over 50 children a week because we do not have enough homes. There are enough churches in Georgia to solve this problem, and I dream of a day when we can say yes to every child that needs a home.
What do you want foster families to know?
God is faithful and will provide for your every need along the journey. There are always fears that get in the way of people making the decision to foster but God’s word says “perfect love casts out all fear”. The journey will not be easy, but you can trust God. There are no perfect people. We all need Jesus every day. God is not calling for perfect people to do this work. He is asking for people that are willing to be used for HIS glory.
What do you do when you’re not at FaithBridge?
My hobbies include anything outdoors, hiking, gardening, swimming, watching my boys play baseball, and if not outdoors I can often be found with my nose in a good book. My husband I have four children (two adopted from foster care).