Several years ago, my husband, Rodney, went on a missions trip to Africa with Compassion International. Rodney was so moved by the stories of children in Africa who needed to be adopted that when he came back and he shared with me that he felt we should consider foster care. We became convinced that there were likely children in our own community who needed the love and support of a family like ours.
Rodney not only believed that we were called to foster care and possibly adoption, he also felt that God was calling families in our church to become foster and adoptive families. We felt strongly that if we were calling our church to this ministry then we should lead the way by example.
When Rodney came back from Africa, we had three biological children, Hannah, Caleb, and Eva, and all of them were under age three. There were certainly days when I wondered, “What are we getting ourselves into?” I thought to myself, “Surely fostering is for someone else, someone better with kids, or someone with a social work degree.” Then God reminded me of Moses, who gave God all the reasons he could think of why Aaron would be a better choice to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, but God still chose Moses. God wanted us to become foster parents, and God may want you to become foster parents too.
One of the most amazing parts of the fostering journey has been the connections we have made with the parents of children who were placed with us. Our second foster placement came to us straight from the hospital. We fed him, nurtured him, and watched him grow. Then, during visits with his birth mother, we were able to meet his grandmother too. They so appreciated our care for their son and grandson that they asked us to be his godparents! We were so honored. We remain connected to them today, babysitting from time to time and supporting them.
We still think and pray about all of the children that have been in our home. Our kids are older now and are a huge help with the children we have fostered, loving and caring for them as brothers and sisters. They often draw pictures of them and ask how they are doing.
These children have left a mark on our hearts forever and I wouldn’t change a moment of the journey.
By Laura Hobbs