One of the most precious moments recorded in the gospels is when children were brought to see Yeshua. His disciples did not think that moment so precious, which is why he had to intervene on behalf of the little ones –
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.(Luke 18:16 KJV)
Yeshua’s command in modern English would be, “Permit the little children to come to me.” The King James, however, gives us an insight into something that we do not often consider: children suffer more than we imagine.
Children have always been the most vulnerable people in any society. All too often, they are left to their own devices, to survive – or not. That is why Yeshua had to intervene to remind his disciples, and through them, all of us, that children are precious in the sight of our Heavenly Father. Since then, his followers have sought to obey him by taking care of little ones. Christian orphanages and hospitals are the most visible examples of efforts to put action behind our Messiah’s words. Yet somewhere between the orphans and the sick are those who seem to fall through the cracks. Who cares for them?
This is where foster families fill the gap. Foster families take in children who for some reason have had to be removed from their homes. Whether it is abuse, unhealthy environment, abandonment, or any of a number of reasons, these children are at the mercy of society. They need healthy families to help them come through the trauma they suffer and help them not only survive, but thrive and become ready to enter society as responsible adults.
But who helps the foster families? Betsy Ruch can answer that question. She is co-director of Fostering the Family, a ministry based in York County, South Carolina, with the mission to, “assist families to be successful in their call to foster and adopt physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.” Betsy will share with us the magnitude of the need, and how big-hearted people from across the Body of Messiah are stepping up to help. What she brings to us will be heart-wrenching, but it will also be full of hope – and of challenge to pray about what difference you can make in the life of a little one.