It has been an amazing thing to watch over the years how Father God is opening the eyes, hearts and homes of His people to the Fatherless children around the world. So many of us are increasingly aware of His heart of love and His great passion to see orphans become Sons and Daughters. And what a glorious thing to see so many believers rise up to advocate for and defend these treasures!
For us at Hope at Home, we have been experiencing another closely related awakening-- the increasing awareness of Father God's great and effective love for the parents He is calling to co-labor with Him in this process of transforming orphans into Sons and Daughters. Oh how He LOVES each mother and each father! His heart for you, dear parent, is no less passionate and no less mighty than His love for your children and for the treasures who are still without a family. Just as He has plans of rescue, healing, provision, goodness, and peace for each orphan, so does He have plans for you as a parent. Jeremiah 29:11 is for you and me as much as it is for our children!
I'll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
HOPE AT HOME was birthed a few years ago out of this awareness of God's desire to pour out His love and provision for each mother and father, and others who He is calling to come alongside adoptive and foster families. We desire to be an expression of this Great Love of Father God for you. So if you are able to take a few days, October 5-6, we invite you to join us as we receive the Help and Hope that God is pouring out. (click on Hope at Home 2012 to register)
To end this post, we'd like to share with you some photos taken by our friend Laura (Jenni and Scott Means' daughter) at H@HKids. This was an evening created for children from adoptive and foster families. You can read more about it here. It was pure joy for us to partner with older adopted and bio teens and college students, and others who God called to minister His love that night. A night of encounter with Father God and good fun for us all! For us it was part of the expression of God's heart of love for these parents-- we set up a Date with God for the children, giving the parents a chance to have a date with each other. In our planning we noted whether the child was a foster, adopted or biological sibling by using the letter F, A, and B. FAB! They were FABULOUS for sure! We will definitely do this again!
Enjoy these shots of some of God's favorites.
|Praying for the nations.|
|Watching a skit about hearing from God.|
|Drawing what God likes best about you.|
|Some old friends!|
|Great to have older children from adoptive families to|
lead the younger!
|Each child was prayed for while|
their hands were washed.
|Prayer and love from one adopted child to another.|
|Hearing from God through the Word.|
|Writing out prayer requests, knowing|
others will pray for it!
|Just spending time resting and soaking in|
Father God's Love.
|So cool to see what comes out when you|
give children a chance to express what they
are hearing from God!
|Painting what God is saying.|
|It is exciting to hear what children say about their|
sculptures as they express what is in their
|Worship team and testimonies from older adopted|
sons and daughters-- how cool is that?!