Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Heart for Children

I believe God gives everyone certain spiritual gifts and more specifically God calls each of us to specific areas of service where we are allowed to be a part of God's great work. Ever since I was little I have known that God called me to work with children. In 6th grade I spent my recesses volunteering in the special education class. In junior high I knew I found my place when I participated in a class project volunteering to help children at the WEAVE center for abused women and children. Throughout high school I spent Sundays volunteering as a Sunday School teacher, Tuesdays running nursery time at St. John's shelter for women and children and summers teaching Vacation Bible School. In college I was blessed to participate in a ministry called Seavey Sunday, bringing Sunday School every week to children in a low-income housing area.

I share all of this not for my glory in any way but to share that each of these activities blessed me beyond belief. As I look over the happiest times in my life - they directly coincide with the times where I was serving whole-heartedly in an area where I knew God had called me to, rather than following my own path! In the last 10 years God placed on Micah and my heart a passion for children in Foster Care and although it is not something God places on everyone's heart, I truly believe that if we all listen to what God is calling us to, no matter how challenging it may seem at first, when we obey - he will give us the desires of our heart or change our heart in ways we couldn't know before and the result is nothing short of amazing!

November is National Adoption month and this Saturday 11/21 is National Adoption Day. Join us at Sunrise Community church to learn more about Foster Care and Adoption. There will be numerous agencies from the Sacramento area with resource tables and information to help you understand how the process works.

There are over 550,000 children in the United States in the Foster Care system today. Consider the amount of children who will not have a family to be thankful for at Thanksgiving or love them this Christmas. If you have ever considered foster care or adoption, if you know anyone that has or if you just want to learn more about what you can do to help children in need of families, PLEASE consider coming to our event on Saturday or passing on this information. If you are a church or community leader this is a great opportunity to learn more and be a resource for others. If you are not quite ready to foster or adopt a child you can also learn about how to help emancipated foster youth who just need a family to care about, give them direction in filling out job applications or invite them over for dinner at Thanksgiving!

Please pass this on to anyone you think may be interested! Thank You!!!!

Sacramento Regional Foster Care and Adoption Event

Saturday, November 21, 2009 11am - 3pm

Sunrise Community Church - 8321 Greenback Lane Fair Oaks, CA

Register at Assemblyman Roger Niello's office - 916-349-1995 or athttp://www.communityrenewal.net/

Lunch and Childcare will be provided.

"Defend the cause of the fatherless" Isaiah 1:17

"Be kind to widows, orphans, fatherless children and strangers. Share whatever you have with them." Deuteronomy 24:17-21

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27

Our son Raider - adopted 5 years ago through Foster Care:


~april said...

sandy. i've been meaning to tell you--i fwd'd your facebook e-mail to the adoption working at my job and she said she had known about it for months! great job at getting the word out! i told her how proud i was of you that you were putting this on :)