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The Social Tornado of Foster Care

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What comes to mind when you look at this photo taken in the aftermath of a tornado-ravaged community in Oklahoma?  Rescue?  Tenderness? Compassion? Safety? Love? I think we can agree that it co

nveys how we would hope to be, our best in the worst of times.

Now, imagine another tornado, only this one is ripping through the state of Tennessee creating a massive and devastating disaster.  Thousands of children in the state will be impacted by this tornado and it will leave them in need of temporary homes and families, food and clothes, love and protection, and even new families to call their own.   

How do you think the church, the body of Christ, would respond to such a disaster?  We would show up big time, just like we did for the Nashville flood, the Gatlinburg fires, Hurricane Katrina and other such calamities.  We would rally to care for these children, to protect them, to keep and make them safe, to love them and their families.

This isn’t a scenario you have to imagine!  It’s real! It has happened and it is reality right now.  No, it’s not a funnel cloud that has torn through these kid’s lives, but rather a social tornado of neglect and abuse and an emotional storm of being removed from their families.  As a result it has left more than 8,200 kids in Tennessee in need of temporary or permanent families.  These kids are in the foster care system today. We, the church, are their best hope.

Will you join us in this great ministry of foster care?  If you would like to know more about how you can personally become involved or engage your local church in a foster care ministry, please contact me at 615-781-3000 or email me at cmeans@agapenashville.org.

Not everyone can or should foster or adopt but everyone can do something!  We thank you for your support.  Because of so many faithful supporters like you, AGAPE has been able to place thousands of children in loving foster and adoptive homes with the healing love of Christ.  Together we can do so much more.