14–The Church is Enough!

In this final episode I share the talk I gave at the National Foster Care Symposium entitled “The Church, a Book and the Trash Can.”

Special Thanks to…

Chris Lang and Liz Vice for providing our music.

Barbara Gelinas, Kia Gelinas, Chelsea Geyer, Jason Weber and Shelly Radic for being our guides along the way.

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12–The Most Prayed Prayer In Your Life

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In this episode I try to convince those involved in orphan care to make the most prayed prayer in the Bible, the most prayed prayer in their life.

“Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy.” Jesus

The Mercy Prayer invites each of us to become a student heavenly compassion and clemency, to immerse ourselves in it, to embrace the responsibility of seeing all life in view of God’s mercy–and to watch as this simple-yet-profound cry reshapes us and our world.  Everybody needs mercy.–From Back Cover

Free Resources

“This book will awaken your heart’s cry for mercy and readiness to extend it to others.”  Margaret Feinberg

10–Building Your Support Team with Shelly Radic

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In this episode

Shelly Radic, President of Project 127, helps us understand the importance of and the steps to building a strong support team for your family.

Resources

4 Commitments of a Support Team Member

The Refresh Conference

A TIME TO REFRESH AND REJUVENATE

Refresh is a Christian conference designed for foster and adoptive parents, kinship providers, grandparents, and others who care for God’s orphaned and vulnerable children.  We understand firsthand that this journey can be difficult and lonely.  The Refresh Conference is a time for you to escape from the distractions and chaos of life and be refreshed, equipped, and inspired.

09–The Nuts & Bolts of Adopting/Fostering w/ Shelly Radic

In this episode Shelly Radic, President of Project 127, helps us explore the basics of adopting and fostering in faith.

  • Where do you start?
  • What’s the cost?
  • What’s the process?
  • What do you do while you wait?
  • How do you talk to your children about adding a adoptive or foster sibling?

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Resources

Talking to Kids About Adding a Foster or Adopted Sibling to the Family

The Foster Care Journey

While You Wait for Your Child

06–The Barn is Flooded–Jason Weber

 

 

Attempting the Impossible

Those who adopt and foster in faith are working to fix the seemingly impossible.  We actually believe that there can be a home waiting for every single child in the foster care system.  We believe that the foster care system can be emptied if churches come together on behalf of orphans in our midst.

In this episode, Jason Weber gives us four principles of building foster care movement right where you live.

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Special Thanks to:

Jason Weber (Twitter) & Christian Alliance for Orphans

 

05–What is success in foster care?–Chelsea Geyer

Success vs. Failure

What does success look like when it comes to foster care?  Those of us who adopt and foster in faith often fear failure.  We wonder if we have what it takes.

In this episode, Chelsea Geyer, the director of DC127 helps us understand what success and failure really are.

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Special Thanks to:

Jason Weber (Twitter) & Christian Alliance for Orphans

Benjamin Nockels (Twitter) & 111Project

Chelsea Geyer (Twitter) & DC127

04–Falling Through the Cracks?

In this episode we reflect upon Psalm 68 and the incredible capacity of the typical local church when it comes to emptying out the foster care system.

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“A father to the fatherless…God sets the lonely families…”  Ps. 68

Do you feel called to start an foster/adoptive ministry in your church?

Project 127’s vision is a family waiting for every child.  That vision extends past Colorado, across the country, and around the world.

We’re dedicated to supporting and guiding others seeking to care for the kids in their own backyard and work toward inspiring, recruiting and resourcing families that look after kids in foster care.

Project 127 has been instrument in the organization and start-up of multiple ministries,including Arizona 127, DC 127 and NY127.

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To start a dialogue please call or email Shelly Radic.

Resource

7 Key Questions to ask when starting a foster/adopt ministry.

03–Down By The Riverside

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“Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people:  ‘Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile…”  Ex. 1.22

“Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe…” Ex. 2.5

In this episode we discover that Pharaoh’s daughter is an incredible model for those who desire to adopt and foster in faith.

Had you considered Pharaoh’s daughter true motivation for going down to the Nile river to bath?

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Resources

People Involved with ONE CHILD in the Foster Care System

It’s a Girl: The 3 Deadliest Words in the World

Have you had the experience of ministering to a birth mom/dad or other person related to your foster/adoptive child?

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02–Distress

 

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Distress:  Pressure.  Squeezing. Trauma. To feel like the walls are closing in you.

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What are orphans going through?

In this episode we focused on James 1.27. This is a foundational verses for those adopt and foster in faith.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  To look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

We spent significant time thinking through the distress that an orphan experiences:

  • Allegations against their family
  • Mental and/or physical abuse
  • Neglect
  • Potential or actual loss of the only family they’ve ever known
  • The system
  • A foster home
  • The task of navigating a myriad of new relationships
  • The Primal Wound

Resources

Conversation

What other pressures do you see in the life of an orphan?  In addition to fostering and adopting, what are some other ways that Christians can care for orphans in their distress?

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01–Prepared

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Prepared Not Unprepared

How has God been preparing you?

In this episode I shared how God was preparing me from a young age to adopt and foster in faith.  It’s important that we remember the moments that brought us to a life of orphan care. For when times are difficult it will be these that will give us motivation and courage.

More importantly, when we recognize that God has been preparing us then we can more forward with confidence that we are prepared.

This doesn’t mean that we have all of the answers.  Rather it is a recognition That the God of the universe is guiding and leading our life.

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Future Shows

  • Building your family through adoption
  • Key scriptures that call us to care for orphans
  • Myths & Misconceptions
  • How to start an adoption ministry

Conversation

What questions do you have about adopting and fostering in faith?  As you look back over your life, in what ways do you see that God has prepared you for the ministry of orphan care?

(Note:  This is my first time doing a podcast and I’m still working on the tech side of things.  Hopefully, in future episodes, I can remove the little distractions and balanced the sound/volume levels better.  Thanks for bearing with me on this.)