Monday, July 19, 2010
Hey all! As you can tell... I haven't updated this blog in quite some time. I had 3 blogs going on at once and it was TOO overwhelming to maintain. However, I am still going to do a "Monday Post" for waiting children and how people like yourselves can be involved in foster care... Click here to reset your blog reading for this blog. This blog will be deleted at the end of July. Thanks!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Meet Nikiya, Alexeius, Keyanna, Ladaysha, and La'Roman!
These kids have been on the TARE website for quite some time. As a matter of fact, they have been on the website as long as I have been visiting and praying.
Let's pray that God would bring just the right family to their picture and that God would simply make it known to them very clearly they are to be adopted. Pray that the support would be in place for this family to take on an unbelievable task!
Here's a little more info from the website:
Friday, May 21, 2010
|On a National Level, this is what Clevon's future looks like aging out of the foster system without a family:|
Earned a high school diploma 54%
|Obtained a Bachelor's degree or higher 2%|
|Became a parent 84%|
|Were unemployed 51%|
|Had no health insurance 30%|
|Had been homeless 25%|
|Were receiving public assistance 30%|
If you are interested in learning about ways you can help children aging out of the foster care system alone, please leave a comment and what area you are from. I will get you information on ways to help.
With those stats staring Clevon in the face... Here is my prayer for this young man...
Father, I know that you know what the statistics are. These do not catch you off guard. 20,000 18 year olds face these statistics each year right here in the US. Your word says you have a plan for them full of hope and a future. Please help us, the church, become your hands and feet to this plan. God, I am asking that you give Clevon a family to love him. Father, and if this is not your will, that you would provide a church around him that would welcome him with open arms, and that there would be families inviting them to their dinner table, helping him with his homework, and teaching him what it would be like to follow you. God, I pray you use your body to capture his heart with the love that only comes from you. Thank you for inviting us to live an uncomfortable lifestyle, and loving in a way that is indeed scandalous. I'm asking that RIGHT NOW, you grant Clevon a peace that passes WAY BEYOND HIS CIRCUMSTANCES. We love you, and because of that, we love Clevon. Amen."
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Well, I came across Clevon this last week, as I was doing my usual browsing and praying. He catches me off guard, and maybe even you. Yes, we are to love and care for the orphan and waiting child...even if they arent' little and cute... although, Clevon is indeed a handsome young man! Our thoughts are often that the young ones are easier to love, but as these children age into the foster care system, they become less and less "adoptable." In the next couple of days I'm gonna post some stats that will totally BLOW YOUR MIND as to what his future looks like without a family. Please remember that this week is Foster Care Prayer Vigil Week... people all over the US are praying for kids just like Clevon. If you want a prayer guide... click here.
Clevon is waiting in Virginia... Here is what his bio says:
Anything concerning an outdoor activity interests this African American young man. Clevon is a very active 15-year-old who enjoys playing basketball, golf, and football. He is especially good at basketball. He also enjoys riding his bike and just spending time being outside. He wants to be a part of an active outdoor-loving family that wants to share in his favorite activities. Clevon is a very lovable child who suffers from emotional and behavioral problems. With therapy and medication management, he has come a long way in decreasing many of his negative behaviors. Clevon will benefit from being placed in a two parent family as the only child. He has a lot of special challenges and needs a family to take that extra time out to assist him with his challenges. The right family for Clevon is one that can offer a lot of one-on-one attention, consistent limits and expectations, and a nurturing environment. He wants to have a family and be able to call someone “mom and dad”.
Pray on Praying Mommies...
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Ladies, I am going to attempt to print off the pages each week for the child and attempt to get it to that child's social worker so that they can give it to the foster family... If you want to write a message or a prayer for little John or his foster family, do so in the comments....
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Well, over the past couple of days...little John has invaded my thoughts regularly. Thoughts have turned to prayers like this...
Playing Hi-Ho CherryOs with the kids: "Lord, please give John someone to play games with."
Playing at the Park: "God, please give John the oxygen and health he needs to play good and hard like little boys love to do."
Watching Shane talk to Zack about "knight hood": "Father, give John a Godly Father."
When KG was scared at night: "God, please be John's comfort when he is afraid... of the dark... of the monsters... of his past... of his future... Please be his peace."
When Elijah needed reassurance: "God, provide John someone to build into his esteem and point him to his worth in you."
"Above all... Move us to your heart father... the heart that breaks each time John desires a forever family and there isn't one. Break us over this... and call up a family to bring him in... "