Just Like Family

by Bob Gerstmyer, Executive Director

In the apostle Paul's letter to the Philippians, he talks about his "son" Timothy. Paul had full confidence in him because he had proven himself to Paul over a number of years. Even though they were not blood relatives, they had a bond with each other that made them family. Paul describes him as "like a child serving his father." Timothy would do anything for this man he served the Lord with.

You have heard the old saying, "blood is thicker than water." Well, it does not have to be. Just like Paul and Timothy, I have seen over and over again young men and women bond with their "temporary" parents. Sometimes after a while, they even look alike. One young man had come from a very troubled background. His father was imprisoned and his mother was nowhere to be found. His "new" parents loved him from the moment they met him. Additionally, they provided structure and discipline. Over time, he responded positively and now has a wonderful relationship with his "mom" and "dad." They don't look alike yet, but who knows what the future holds?

New starts are all around us as believers embrace children in distress. What about you? Perhaps you have been struggling with the "call" to "visit" an orphan in distress. There are many children out there who need you. Would you now respond? Give us a call at 1-800-621-8834. We'd love to help you find a new son or daughter for whom you could provide a new start.

God bless!


Note: These stories are taken from our monthly "PrayerGram." If you would like to receive the Prayergram by email, please click here and leave us your address. All names have been changed to protect the identities of our kids and families.

George was adopted on September 1, 2011! Congratulations to his new family and a big thank you to everyone who has worked to bring this vulnerable and promising young man into a loving home.

Another of our foster kids is on his way to being adopted. As difficult as the journey is for his biological mother, we want to give kudos to Toni, adoptive foster mom. She worked closely with the boy's mother to make the process as gentle as possible.

We are so thankful for the resources that our foster parents bring along with their love for children in need. We received a referral for a deaf child, 13-year-old Anton. Because one of our new foster parents knew sign language, we were able to make a good match for Anton.

Prayer Requests

...for everyone who has experienced property damage and loss due to heavy rains, including one of our families.

...for a foster family who was displaced because of a house fire.

...for a foster parent who was in a car accident and as a result, had to go on short-term disability as he goes through physical therapy and deals with back pain.

...for a foster parent whose maternal aunt passed away.

...for the uncle of one of our staff members -- an 85 year old man who was transferred to ICU with a bleak prognosis.

...for a woman who is not recovering well after back surgery to regain her appetite so that her body can get the nourishment it needs.

...for one of our trustees who is recovering from a very painful bout of shingles.

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