Go on a mission trip! Never leave home!

Faith involves more than just going to church and those idyllic motions to grow your own faith.  When many people desire to grow in their faith, they choose a mission trip as a next step.  Fostering might very well be the most affordable way to go on a mission trip, and revitalize your faith, while still getting some sleep in your own bed.  It is true that there are no real end dates for your trip, no clean-cut airplane rides home, no great sightseeing adventures to speak of, but you can certainly impact a life forever and share the gospel with a child from a different background right here in your own community!  

Many forgo considering this type of mission work since fostering involves the kind of training and commitment of a marathon, not a sprint. These kinds of mission trips require the endurance that the Bible speaks about in Hebrews that you’ll have to depend on God for. Hebrews 10: 23-24, 36 (NLT) 23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

If I had known the “patient endurance”needed to face the stressors, inconveniences, heartache, and sleepless nights I’d face as a foster parent, I’d never have signed those papers years ago. But the joys, miracles, and blessings I’ve experienced on our family mission trips fostering keep us signing the line annually.  I would never trade my faith that has been tested and seasoned through dark times with Him, for a faith that one knows simply warming pews in a safe, comfortable church building.  

When the Lord cares for His people, He cares with His people. If you feel God calling you to do something more to stretch your faith, consider caring for His children in state custody. If you can’t foster, consider supporting us on our journey to care for local children in crisis by joining our fostering team,  financially through a gift, emotionally by serving, relationally by advocating for us, or spiritually through prayer for our families and children in crisis.  

Learn more about living out your faith through foster care by joining our team!

Abby Crooks