our new role

Kristia and I officially stepped into a new role today; Foster Parents. That may raise some eyebrows, since we are already blessed with four beautiful, and oh so lively kids. However, a little under a week ago, we were made aware of a situation that we simply could not ignore.

A little boy that we’ve come to know over the last several years, was taken into state custody after a very dramatic custody hearing. This little guy has seen and experienced so many things in his short life span, that we felt like we had to do something to help him.

After emergency home evaluations, background checks, and a lot of praying in a short amount of time, we were able to bring him home with us last week on a day that proved to be extremely emotionally exhausting for him. When we arrived to pick him up, he said, “I didn’t think anyone would come for me.”

I really can’t give a lot of details as this is an extremely emotionally charged situation. But I can tell you that God opened a door for us to show the love of Christ to a sweet little boy, that had pretty much been discarded.

James says, that true religion is to care for widows and orphans. We have found over our nearly 15 years of marriage that the easiest thing to to is to talk about taking care of widows and orphans, the hardest thing is to actually do it. We cannot ignore the opportunity in front of us. So as we begin this very long, challenging, emotionally draining season of learning how to protect and love this little guy in spite of the questions, the tears, the hurt and pain, we covet your prayers.

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  1. Whooop whoop!!! Praise God!!! Blessed little fella!!!

  2. Amanda Rapp Jodon February 4, 2014 — 7:46 pm

    Shannon, this is great news! I am so proud of you both and know you both have so much to contribute to the lives of precious ones!

  3. Martha Parker Lucas February 4, 2014 — 10:34 pm

    God bless y’all.

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