A few weeks ago, I saw a glimpse of God’s kingdom at our first annual Adoption & Foster Care Picnic. Kids of all different backgrounds and ethnicities running, laughing and dancing to worship songs outside in God’s beautiful creation. It was an experience that blessed and encouraged my wife and I, as it was a vision God placed in our hearts years ago.
When Jenn and I started the adoption process in 2012, our social worker invited us to the annual picnic she held at her house for all of the families she was working with. Having the opportunity to talk to other adoptive families was such an encouragement, and we even made a few friends that stayed in contact with us to help us through the adoption process. In fact, this event was when God first started leading us down the path of starting an orphan care ministry at CFC. It opened our eyes to the importance of community for adoptive and foster parents.
A few weeks ago, the vision God placed on our hearts during the picnic at our social worker’s house was realized for the first time through CFC’s Orphan Care Ministry. We arranged a picnic for adoptive and foster families at the East Petersburg Park, and through a series of circumstances (God definitely shaped the event), we ended up with a kids musician playing songs about Jesus through a rather large sound system outside of the pavilion we rented. Our event had a better turnout than we could have hoped for, over 80 people in fact. When we all went outside for the music, the first song was about running around. All of the kids (some of whom had medical conditions that demanded different types of leg braces) started running around in a large circle around the adults, laughing and having a great time. Some of the neighborhood kids even joined in eventually. It was a beautiful moment that made me suddenly realize that God was there, and that He loves ALL of His children and wants them to delight in Him.
Phil Rohrer - (Contributing Author and CFC Member)