In the Old Testament, the word testimony comes from a word meaning “do again.” Hence, testimonies reveal what we can expect God to do again. Sharing our testimony encourages and imparts faith to others, and releases God’s power to perform similar acts or exploits.
As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed. Mark 5:18-20
Have you shared how God is working in your life? Did you sense the goodness of God when you did share? We ask that you consider sharing a testimony snapshot with us, with the world. Together we will learn how individuals, families and ministries have experienced the blessings of Christ as they serve and walk in the love of Jesus – and spread the good news with joyfulness.
We provide options counseling that includes adoption, letting our clients know they are not alone no matter what choice the make. Ellen wanted the best for this baby, but she was still in high school and knew her child deserved loving parents. Ellen ended up choosing adoption for her child and Mosaic Virginia connected her with a caring Christian adoption agency.
What would you say to others considering opening the homes? Do it…probably. God uses costly things to bless us. It’s not easy and I’m not just talking about financially costly things, but you don’t see God work unless you put yourself in a situation that only God can handle, and you could not accomplish on your own.
Our first long-term foster placement came into this mess of ours. But Jacob didn’t see a mess. Jacob saw a loving family, food in the kitchen, and three meals a day. He went to school and attended church for the first time. He developed friendships, ate new healthy foods, rode an escalator, had a birthday party, saw the ocean, and created his own ‘fun day journal’ to document it all.
Our son’s birth mother was a struggling single mom and did not want any more children but could never have an abortion. When we first met her, she said, “God gave me this baby for you”. While we all waited for Ryan to be born, she wrote letters to him, sealed in envelopes, and placed in a shoe box. We decided to tell Ryan he was adopted from the beginning and I told him about the letters in the shoe box, that they were there when he was ready. One day out of the blue, when he was 12, he came home and said, “I’m ready to see the shoebox”. We all sat on our bed and read the letters; of course, Ryan, reading them first. It was a beautiful moment. The letters told him how precious he was, how much his birth mother loved him and wanted the best for him. We always told Ryan she made the most difficult decision out of love for him.
There were children who needed US to become foster parents, to be their safe place, to be their forever family. We needed to become foster parents so that God could change our view of what life should be to what He wants it to be. He’s constantly changing us into the people He wants us to be and changing our earthly direction to His eternal one.
In the past I have talked about the joys of all ‘the 1st times’ to be experienced by having foster children. The realization and gratitude of having their 1st bed, room, regular meals, clean clothes, seeing the ocean, experiences & things. While these are all worthy of recognition and valuable, this past week, however, a 1st was expressed that slammed perspective back into why we do this. “I don’t want to go home I feel safe here”. SAFE. A child feels safe. A child now knows what if feels like to feel safe. A concept that so many of us take for granted as do our children. We have now given an awareness of safety to a child that has never known what it feels like to be safe.
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