Each May, we invite the community to celebrate National Foster Care Month and hear about what God is doing within the lives of children, birth parents, foster families and churches in Georgia.
This year, it was breakfast in Atlanta and Glynn County and at a dinner in Columbus. We heard testimonies of how God reconciled children with their biological parents, stories of churches that were changed as they embraced foster care ministry and how foster parents continued their enthusiasm and were able to foster as they are surrounded by their Community of CareTM.
In Atlanta, we have a long tradition of partnering with churches to recruit and train not only foster families but also volunteers to serve those who are doing the hard work of fostering. In Columbus, we marked a new beginning as we are fundraising to open offices later in 2015. And in Glynn, we celebrated one year of serving a new community and all the stories that were written in the first 12 months.
The highlight of all three gatherings were the stories of God’s love and grace expressed through fostering and how it changes everyone involved. One person shared about how a little girl’s biological parent was cared for so well that she was equipped to take her daughter back home. A church pastor enthusiastically preached about how he had challenged everyone in his congregation to do something to care for foster children or families. Government officials talked about the need for more families and how FaithBridge will make a difference in the local community.
Thank you to everyone who was able to participate and to Dunwoody Baptist Church (Atlanta), St. Luke United Methodist Church (Columbus) and Epworth By the Sea (Glynn) for providing the ideal venues for each of our events. As we already are beginning conversations about what next year’s events will look like, we’d like to extend an invitation to everyone to consider joining in on the celebration in 2016.