Pictures of Summer
Every summer I say I am going to finally take that perfect family vacation picture at the beach. You know the kind of photograph where everyone has on matching outfits and smiles sweetly for the camera? It never happens. Partly because my boys’ idea of dressing up on a beach vacation is putting on an old pair of shorts for fishing. And mostly because the summer heat and beach don’t mix well with my hair.
This summer while traveling along with my friends on their vacations via Facebook pictures, I found some absolutely perfect family photographs. It wasn’t the beautiful scenery of Hawaii or Italy that made these photographs stunning. It is the story behind the families in these photos that paints the perfect picture of God’s love.
One family became foster parents through Florida Baptist Children’s Homes several years ago. Their story includes the emotional toll of deeply bonding with foster children who were later reunified with their biological families. My friend had no idea what the future held when an infant, arriving with all of her belongings in a bug-infested bag, was placed into their home. Would they experience heartache again? Who could have imagined that fostering would lead to adoption, and four years later this little girl would be exploring waterfalls in Hawaii with her family?
Another friend heard about FBCH’s foster care ministry at church. When a little boy landed into the foster care system full of fear and hungry for love, God knew that my friend’s big Italian family was the perfect place to nurture his scared, lonely heart. Who could have imagined that two years later he would be adopted and swimming in Italy’s Isle of Capri with siblings and too many aunts, uncles and cousins to count?
God gives children the security of a family’s love
These stories are just two examples of how God gives children the security of a family’s love through the ministries of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. Snapshots across the residential campuses this summer would show house parents working hard to build special memories for the children in their care. I know my local campus is heading to a camp in North Carolina. I simply can’t imagine the planning, organizing and packing that goes into getting all of the kids ready for the trip. You see, the house parents take each cottage on its own family vacation. Just like our families, these kids need time to refresh. Memories are made as cottages travel to the mountains, spend a few days at an amusement park or enjoy a week at the beach.
Will you join me in praying for the house parents and foster parents across our state? The lazy days of summer can be quite exhausting as they work to meet the needs of hurting children.
Women of Compassion Event
On February 26, 2016 at the Women of Compassion event, we will get to hear more about God re-writing the stories of children in need through the ministries of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. I can’t picture a more wonderful way to spend the day!
More information on this annual event coming soon!
In His glory,
Women of Compassion Council