Jump. Bounce. Play. Love. Serve.

March 31, 2016
By Stephanie Watts

DSC_0082Jump, bounce, play. This was the theme for the Mt. Bethel UMC Called to Care Foster Ministry’s Adoption Celebration this year! In February, fifty adults and children in the community gathered together to celebrate three adoptions that have recently been finalized. Champion Kids gym generously donated the use of their facility and staff for the celebration. I smiled as my two-year-old daughter joined hands with her two-year-old friend in foster care, and together they courageously went down the huge inflatable slide. I witnessed young kids getting stuck in the foam pit and the older children and parents pulling them out. I laughed as adults (myself included) were attempting to relive their cheerleading and gymnastics days by performing tricks on the trampolines.

As I watched the beautiful rainbow of children ranging in age from four weeks to 12-years-old playing together, my heart rejoiced to see how God has knitted our community together. Foster care and adoption are not easy journeys, and they are not journeys to travel alone. Psalm 68:6 tells us of the promise that “God sets the lonely in families” and James 1:27 says that “Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…”
In a 9,000+ member church, many of us will be called to foster or adopt. That being said, God does not call every Christian to foster or adopt, but He does command all of us to care for orphans. This could be through providing respite for a foster family who needs a break, doing yard work for a single foster mom so she can focus on caring for her child, or bringing a meal to an adoptive family who has just brought home the newest member of their family.

If you would like to know how you can be involved in the Called to Care foster ministry, please contact me.

Stephanie Watts
Called to Care Foster Ministry Advocate