For I Know The Plans I Have For You

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11.

Yes, God has a plan for our lives, but for kids in the foster care system it can seem like there is no hope or good future for them.  But there is!  God stands before the global orphan crisis and He has the solution to the problem.  Our Sovereign Lord puts all His eggs in one basket – His Church is that basket!  We the Church are the answer!  Not the government, not some nice humanitarian organization, but the Body of Christ.  We are the ones with the biblical mandate in James 1:27, we must care for orphans in their distress.  

In the United States there are over 400,000 children in the foster care system, many of them are available for adoption.  New York State is home to over 20,000 of these kids.  JFO recently sat down with an adult adoptee, Shelly Guilzon, for an Orphans No More broadcast.  Shelly was placed into foster care as a 2 week old infant having been born with drugs and alcohol in her system.  After a few weeks she was returned to her birth mother only to suffer extreme neglect and placed back into care a short time later.  But God had a plan for this precious baby made in His image.  Shelly was placed not just in any foster home, but in a Christian foster home.  And as she shares in her testimony – that made all the difference in her life!  Shelly’s adoptive mom, Ellen, laid a biblical foundation in her life which sustained her even though she spiraled downward into a life of drugs and alcohol.  After some turbulent teen years, propelled by the trauma she’d experienced as an infant, Shelly returned to her family and to the Lord.  She has now been clean and sober for 7 years, is married, and the mom of 3 precious kiddos of her own!  And she is set to graduate from college this spring with a degree in Criminal Justice.  Shelly has a heart to work with women as a substance abuse counselor.

The Lord has certainly given Shelly a hope and a future!  Would you consider becoming a foster parent?  You could become part of the hope and the future of a waiting child.