As the spring sun begins to warm the earth, the plants and trees are beginning to bud and signs of new life are everywhere around us. Spring is always an exciting time of year and it is especially exciting at Child Bridge to see the increase in the number of foster and adoptive families we are serving and volunteers who serve alongside of us.
As a ministry, Child Bridge assists the Church to be more effective in being the hands and feet of Jesus, touching the marginalized in our communities. We have the privilege of providing a way for individuals within your congregations to serve the families who care for children who have come from hard places. We regularly hear from our volunteers what a blessing it is to get to know and love these children through service.
“The three short hours we give monthly seems a drop in the bucket for the benefits we receive from it. It puts names and faces to our prayers for the hurting children in our city. There are times during the month that our children will pray for the kids we had in our classroom, or ask questions about how they are doing. It's not only raising awareness in my husband and I as to the great need of loving families to surround these children, but it is piercing the hearts of our own kids as well. And serving monthly keeps them in our lives for which we are grateful.”
“We want our children to know and believe that our lives down here are not about us and our wants and comforts, but about Jesus and His desires for the people around us. Child Bridge is one way we, as a family can flesh this out.”
“My daughters and I help with Child Bridge each month in a humble attempt to be the hands and feet of Jesus and to serve and love our King. Matthew 25:40 states, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” In addition, being with these foster children has been an immense blessing for us. They are each beautiful, unique, fun, creative and wanting what every child desires – a caring interaction and a safe, stable surrounding. We have shared laughter, told stories over dinner time, played games, and even worked through some tough moments. These interactions have brought joy, grown empathy, and built maturity in myself and my teenage daughters. We are so grateful for our time with these children and pray that they experience God’s love for them.”
As pastors, there are not many things that bring greater joy than to see the blessing that comes to those who are involved in giving of themselves to others. As we know, it is in giving ourselves away that we truly find life. The month of May is foster appreciation month and if you are interested in knowing how your congregation can become more involved in serving the families that care for these children, we can connect you! Please contact Child Bridge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to provide you with high quality, current content that is relevant to your journey, we’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with several child welfare leaders including Key Ministry and their blog Church4EveryChild! You’ll have the opportunity of learning from dynamic thought leaders in Special Needs Ministry.