A Heart and Home for Every Child

By LuAnn Edwards

Wendy was a pouter. She would stick her little lips out when she didn’t get her own way. When she smiled, however, she lit up the room.

Thirty-five years ago we added a second child to our small family through the foster care system. Wendy and our daughter Leah were both two at the time and caused all sorts of mischief around our house and supplied us with many blessings too.

Leah and Wendy became best buddies. I loved to dress the two girls similarly. People would ask if they were twins. My response, “No, they are four months apart.” That comment brought many raised eyebrows!

We attended a small church where the two girls would get up in front of the congregation and sing “Jesus Loves Me.” It was a precious time that hopefully made a positive impact on Wendy’s life.

After a year, my husband took a new job across the state. We were moving too far out of the area for the State to allow Wendy to stay with us. We inquired about adopting her, but it was not possible. Leaving her broke my heart. I felt I was leaving one of my daughters behind; it was one of the hardest things I have ever done. A week after our move, I called her new foster mom to check on her. She put Wendy on the phone, and I totally lost it when my little girl said, “Mommy, I miss you.”

I have prayed for her often over the years, placing her in the Lord’s care. I trust and pray that she has or will come to know the Lord as her personal Savior.

Although we could not adopt Wendy, God welcomes her into His loving arms. He accepts her as she is, cares for and loves her. If she has accepted Christ into her heart and life, she is an adopted daughter in the Kingdom of God and has become His little girl. That’s a much better future and inheritance than what she would have had with us (Galatians 4:4-7).

Foster care and adoption are two topics close to my heart. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there were 641,000 children served by the foster care system in 2013. Included in this number were 102,000 foster children available for adoption1.

May is National Foster Care Month. Please pray for the many children needing a place of refuge, a place of love. If you have room in your heart and home for a child needing a caring family, please consider becoming a foster parent. Many children are in need of a home that can offer them stability, nurturing, encouragement, and love.

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