The Conner Family:
Our Foster Care Journey
My wife Ginger and I have been married for nearly 18 years, and from the beginning of our marriage we have always talked about adopting a child "one day." Over years the Lord God has richly blessed us with 3 beautiful and precious biological children whom we love very much. But, since my youngest son was born over 7 years ago, we have been continually reminded by God of the tremendous need in our world for His people to take care for the orphans of this world. Well, that "one day" adoption that we talked about so long ago was no longer a day in the future, but something we needed to consider today. Adoption was always on the table, but foster care was not. And that is where God did his most significant work in my heart.
My wife asked me several years ago about becoming foster parents. I immediately said NO, primarily because I did not want to take in a child that I knew would be taken away from me at some point down the road. It seemed to be such a painful prospect that I didn't want her, and really myself, to have to endure that heartache. BUT, God has done a work in my heart and we are now a foster family.
Over the past 3 months, we have cared for a precious little boy who has been such a tremendous blessing to our family. Our children have whole-heartedly embraced the temporary addition to our family, and my wife and I have seen the true need in our society today for families to care for those in need. We have a good home, by God's grace, and we believe that He desires for us to share our home with others. There will be a day when our foster son will return to his family, and it will be a bittersweet day for us. We will rejoice that he is reunited with his family, but also saddened that he is no longer part of our family. God is good, and he sustains his people so that we are able to glorify him in our lives, I ways we never anticipated. Our home and family, as well as our church family, are better today for having embarked on this amazing foster care journey. I would challenge each of you to consider if God has led you to open your home to a child (or children) in need. Trust me when I say that it is an incredible and life-changing experience.