Ministering to the Least of These Through Foster Care

Then the King will say to those on His right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me….Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”  Matthew 25:34-40

Eric and Sandy Besenfelder are an upstate NY family who’ve been fostering for the past 4 years.  Foster care was nothing new to Sandy, who grew up in a family who fostered dozens of children throughout her childhood.  Sandy’s heart was open to fostering, but since they already had 5 daughters of their own (ages 5-17) Eric wasn’t so sure.  His heart was changed though after hearing an Orphan Sunday message Pastor Stan Slager brought to his congregation at Gospel Community Church in Coxsackie, NY.  That was over 4 years ago, and since then, the Besenfelder’s have fostered 2 dozen children and presently are fostering a precious 2 year old that they’ve had since she was 5 weeks old.  The Besenfelders believe that we are called to care for the least of these and foster care is a way to do just that.  To hear more of the Besenfelder’s story you can listen to it on this website by clicking “Events” and “Radio Show” and choose the May 2, 2014 episode of Orphans No More.