A mountainside in Israel. Photo by Heather.
Jesus created relationships among His disciples and followers. At FaithBridge, being relational drives us to create connections among all the parties in the foster care system: county and state government, biological and foster families, healthcare workers, community service providers and others.
“When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot , who became a traitor. He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon…”
To me, one of the most baffling things about the God who created and is master of the universe is that He chooses to use us to accomplish His plans in the world.
Yes, you, me and the rest of humanity.
It’s quite illogical, if you think about it. Any performance review starting with the beginning of time would indicate that we typically don’t execute specific plans provided, disobey all regulations and fail to meet any standards. If God were the boss of a large corporation and we were His employees, we’d most certainly be fired on day one.
Fortunately, God’s ways are not our ways and He loves us so much that His [seemingly illogical] plans include us and use us, despite our many failures and limitations. Yes, His grace is enough and it teaches us to become dependent on Him and to live into the sanctification process that only the Holy Spirit can facilitate and control.
It also creates a dependency on each other for His plans to be fulfilled in our own lives and the lives of others.
At FaithBridge, we recognize that it’s important to dive into the relational world of child welfare and connect all the necessary players for foster care ministry to thrive. We develop relationships with state and county case workers, pastors, judges, foster parents, mentors, medical professionals…and so many more individuals who become characters in the story of foster care ministry. Each person and organization plays an important role as they participate in God’s greater plan of caring for the fatherless.
What part might you be called to play in the lives of foster children?