NOVEMBER 6th is ORPHAN SUNDAY, celebrated around the world to honor families who foster, adopt, and provide care for those who are orphaned both locally and globally.
Bethel has re-started its FOSTER CARE MINISTRY and we celebrate those families today and everyday!
"As excited as we may be about fostering kids, we can be fairly certain that they're less than excited about becoming foster kids. It isn't our personal sense of excitement, but their personal tragedy - their heartache - that drives our efforts. It's about our desire to see good come out of bad. Our willingness to embrace what is broken and do whatever it takes to bring healing. That's why we do what we do. It has to be." Jason Johnson
, Reframing Foster Care: Filtering Your Foster Parenting Journey Through the Lens of the Gospel."
Every foster parent has heard these words at some point during their foster journey, "I could never do what you do." And while that may be true, it's also true that each of us can do SOMETHING. You may not feel your family is able to take in foster children, but there are a myriad of ways you can participate in the foster care journey for families, children, caseworkers, and more.
The purpose of the Bethel Foster Care ministry is to mobilize Bethel's resources and people to meet the needs of those involved in the foster care system in our community. So that's YOU!
Here are some ways you can help:
1- GIVING TREE
- In December, grab a gift tag off the Giving Tree in the Bethel Richland foyer. This tree will be full of gift tags with ideas of ways you can help foster families and foster kids who are attending Bethel. Bring donated items back to the church by Dec. 31.
2- SUPPORT SOCIAL WORKERS:
- Bake treats for case workers to enjoy doing the DCYF monthly staff meeting. Our case workers need support and many do not have any faith connection at all.
- Provide handwritten cards of appreciation to personalize for foster case workers
- Provide meal train meals, frozen meals, or food gift cards for new placements with Bethel foster families
4- PRACTICAL ITEMS
- Provide practical items to foster families like diapers, wipes, children's books, etc.
Follow us on Facebook: @BethelOrphanCare
Email for more info: Brian Ace (firstname.lastname@example.org)