The Hands and Feet of Christ

July 20, 2016
By Johnna Bain

IMG_20160717_162541564Our favorite time of year – pool party time! It’s a chance to take all of the incredibly awesome craziness of our ministry and fellowship together.

On July 17, Called to Care Foster Care Ministry hosted its annual pool party social for foster and adoptive parents and the volunteers who support these families. The Outreach Sunday School class blessed our ministry once again by providing pizza and watermelon for all attending and by playing with the children. It was beautiful to look around and see a visible expression of the hands and feet of Christ. I looked at these children who were once orphans in the world, and now they are surrounded by the body of Christ who love them deeply. I saw so many beautiful scenes: the incredible teamwork of the Outreach class members as they coordinated the pizza line, the competitive swim races between the older children, the circle of foster and adoptive mamas encouraging one another in their parenting journeys, and the pure joy of the Ponders twins as they soaked Dean Hawkins with a super soaker. See pictures from the party »

First Peter 4: 8-11 says this, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” This is demonstrated so clearly in the Called to Care Community as each person uses his or her gifts to serve these children. Whether that is through fostering or adopting a child, providing respite for foster families, babysitting, making a meal, or serving in a “big brother/big sister” or “grandparent” role, Mt. Bethel members of all ages are answering the call to care for these orphans.

We would love for you to be involved with Mt. Bethel’s Called to Care Foster Ministry. To learn more about it, please attend an Encounter session on Sunday, August 7 from 3 to 5pm in B118. If you have any questions or would like to make a child care reservation for the meeting, please contact Stephanie Watts at 770.853.8275.

by Stephanie Watts