The Gospel & Foster Care

In recent weeks, I’ve been wading in even more concerning foster care.  Our city, state, and country are in desperate need of foster families.

The video above tells a story of a foster family with the gospel as the focus.

If you would desire more information on foster care, we hope you can join us for our Homes for Hope meeting.

Homes for Hope

There are 153 million orphans worldwide.  While that number is overwhelming, there is something you can do about one of them.

Your one life can change one life.

You are invited to attend a Homes for Hope information session which will educate and equip you about how you can help the orphans of this world.

On this evening, you will learn how you can help with:

  • International adoption
  • Domestic adoption
  • Sex trafficking victims
  • Foster care
  • Respite care
  • Financial support
  • Group home support

Please plan to attend.  This night will be a great introduction for many and a tangible list of next steps for all of us.

We will meet at the Family Life Center at North Side Baptist Church on Thursday, November 13th from 6:30-8:00.

Help us provide homes for hope.

Your One Life Can Change One Life

There are 153 million orphans worldwide.  While that number is overwhelming, there is something you can do about one of them.

Your one life can change one life.

You are invited to attend a Homes for Hope information session which will educate and equip you about how you can help the orphans of this world.

On this evening, you will learn how you can help with:

  • International adoption
  • Domestic adoption
  • Sex trafficking victims
  • Foster care
  • Respite care
  • Financial support
  • Group home support

Please plan to attend.  This night will be a great introduction for many and a tangible list of next steps for all of us.

We will meet at the Family Life Center at North Side Baptist Church on Thursday, November 13th from 6:30-8:00.

Help us provide homes for hope.

Stuck in the Orphanage

I was his father.  He was my son.  But at the time, we were just learning each other.

I was in Ethiopia getting ready to bring my son home from the orphanage.  We had many obstacles in his life to combat, but we really had faith that God was going to do some special things in his life.

When I called home to tell Amanda about our first encounters, I told her of how Eli was so handsome, funny, and energetic.  I told her that the nannies called him the “bus driver,” because all the bus drivers in Ethiopia were short, fat, and assertive.  Not sure if that was a good thing at the time or not.

She then asked if there was anything else that she needed to know.

Well, there was on thing for which she needed to prepare herself.

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Too Old to Adopt?

Randy was nearing retirement when he became burdened for something he never saw coming. At his age, his children were out of the home, he had “served his time” in the church, and he was eagerly awaiting the payoff of hitting the golf course everyday. Everywhere he turned though, he became increasingly aware of a problem in our world.

There were too many orphans in the world.

Some of them were orphaned because parents became ill and died. Some were orphaned due to selfish neglect on the parents‘ part. He really wanted to see someone do something about it, but, “Honestly,” he said, “I didn’t want to be that one.”

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My Colorblind Daughter

 

My baby daughter Gloria is colorblind.  At a little over 4 months, we can see the signs of it and we are confident.  You may be thinking it’s too early to tell, but it’s obvious.

She doesn’t see any difference between her two brothers.

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Why Eli Was Sad

Today is a very special day in the Agnew household.  Eli came home 2 years ago today.  After a week in Ethiopia, Eli and I took the 17-hour flight to finally meet Mom and Obadiah.  Last night, we watched the video documentary I put together of our time together.  As I watched this boy who couldn’t walk at 2 years old get up during the movie to put a pacifier in his baby sister’s mouth, I remembered how far we have come.

Obie asked, “Daddy, did you get me in an airplane?”

“No, buddy.  I didn’t.”

“Oh.  You just got me in a car?”

“Yeah, but it was a pretty special car.”

A few weeks ago, I took the picture you see above.  Eli was in my office at church and saw the first picture we received of this troubled little boy.  He turned it around and looked at it, and then I was shocked by what he said.

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