Hi, I am Amy Wiggins and I’m the best cook and the best snuggle buddy. At least that’s what my youngest son wrote on his Mother’s Day card. Can you imagine what it is like for the little boy who doesn’t have a mom to make his favorite meal or offer a lap to snuggle away the hurts of a hard day at school? What about the little girl in art class that doesn’t have a proud parent to display her latest masterpiece on the refrigerator at home?
Each year thousands of children in the state of Florida are orphaned or removed from their home because of abuse or neglect. In Sunday School, my friend Jennifer Basey and her husband, Mark, heard these kind of statistics from a speaker sharing about the foster care ministry of the Florida Baptist Children’s Home. God nudged their hearts. First, they resisted. “At first, my husband said I just can’t do that because I can’t give a kid back,” explained Jennifer.
Their resistance eventually softened to a willingness to at least explore the idea of foster parenting. They agreed to learn more about the foster care ministry by taking the 10-week certification course offered by the Florida Baptist Children’s Home. These informational classes helped answer some of their questions, such as how to help their biological children adjust to fostering. Jennifer said that the social worker from the FBCH took the time get to know them and treated their concerns with tenderness and care.
Since becoming foster parents, the Basey’s have welcomed twins, toddlers and elementary-aged children into their home. “We get to show them what unselfish, Jesus-like love looks like,” said Jennifer. Three brothers spent six months in the security of their loving family. God taught the Basey’s to view temporary placements as opportunities to plant seeds of encouragement. Jennifer cherished reading to one of the boys each night, explaining, “I got to tell him for six months that he is special. He will remember that.”
One night, a baby with a trash bag of clothes that no longer fit and a diaper bag full of bugs arrived at the Basey’s home. Once again, the Basey’s opened their home and hearts. This time the placement turned into an opportunity to adopt. And, the day before Mother’s Day, our Sunday School class hosted a baby shower for the Basey’s newest daughter, Mia.
Mia now has a forever family because the Basey’s listened in Sunday School, and then turned their compassion into action. Their example inspires me to be more than just a Woman of Compassion. Let’s look for the opportunities God gives us to become women of action! Visit our web site at www.FBCHomes.org.
Ladies, its time for tea! You are cordially invited to “Cups of Kindness,” on Friday, February 15, 2013 for our annual WOC forum. With a Victorian tea-party theme, this dainty day of delightful treats will also serve up a nationally known speaker, Lisa Harper. Harper has spoken at national women’s ministry events such as Women of Faith and Focus on the Family conferences. She is described as a witty storyteller and easy-to-relate-to Bible teacher. Speaker Priscilla Evans Shirer describes her this way: “If anyone can help us to hear, understand and receive the truth of scripture it is Lisa Harper. Her God-given ability to not merely teach the Word but package it in a way that stirs the heart and calls to action is incomparable. When she speaks ears perk up.”
Isn’t my nephew cute? His mother turned her compassion into action, too! She heard about the ministry of the malnutrition clinic in Guatemala from my family after we took our two oldest sons on a trip with One More Child. Her heart was stirred to give her son the opportunity to serve on an international mission trip. So, she took action and a organized a team of 17 middle schoolers and chaperones from St. Michael’s Lutheran Academy in Fort Myers, Florida, to serve at the malnutrition clinic. If you are interested in the ministry of international missions, please visit our web site at www.onemorechild.org.