“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” ~ 1 John 3:18
What’s On My Heart – September 17, 2018
This week is very much about how I am showing my love through actions rather than words. I have had it on my heart for most of my adult life that I want to help foster children but honestly, I hadn’t really done much other than talk about the fact that I had a desire to help. I wasn’t taking action and I wasn’t demonstrating the love in my heart.
Last year, I took some baby steps by volunteering to photograph children under the age of two who were in a special group home for foster children with medical needs. This Sunday, I am taking that photographer role a tiny step further by being the official photographer for a group of 15 foster siblings who are being reunited for a day at Disneyland thanks to “Together We Rise.”
In addition, this week, I will finish up my final required hours of training to become a CASA (volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster youth here in Orange County). I’ve already finished the background checks and such so assuming my interview goes okay, I should be sworn in sometime in October and might have my first foster youth assigned to me by the end of the year! I’ve been praying about this precious child I haven’t met yet and while I know that I will be challenged in this role as an advocate, I feel strongly that I can step up and meet the challenge with my whole heart.
I ultimately have dreams of creating a non-profit that helps foster youth who are aging out of the system by teaching them the life skills needed to be independent adults. Many people don’t realize that 70% of the prison population in California consists of men and women who at one time were in the foster system. And a huge percentage of our homeless population is also comprised of former foster youth.
Things like cooking, budgeting, how to get a bank account, how to find and apply for jobs, how to take advantage of various state assistance programs, etc. – this is what we need to teach our foster youth and it’s not the responsibility of social services or traditional schooling to do this. I’m light years away from being in a position to make this dream a reality but I share it with you here because it is a major dream of mine and something that my for-profit businesses will all contribute to in some way.
The church I attend has a goal of being part of a movement to get every foster child in Orange County a home by 2020. There are somewhere around 3,000 children in the foster system and something like 5,000 churches in Orange County. If each church would gather behind and support a single family that had the ability to foster a child, what an amazing thing that would be. It is tough in Orange County because so many people aren’t able to afford the extra bedroom needed for housing a foster child. So we’ve been shipping so many children off to San Bernardino and Riverside counties instead and it breaks my heart.
Anyway, I am going to love with and through my actions and truth and invite you all to join me. I would love to hear how you are taking action in your community! Please leave a comment and let us all know – the more we share and put out there the more we can inspire others to do the same.
What I’m Watching: Monster’s Inc. (my little guy has insisted we put it on every. single. day. this past week)
What I’m Reading: Easy Keto Desserts (YUMMY)
“Names of God” study through She Reads Truth
What I’m Praying About: I’m praying for my life group through church as we begin a new study this week.