GRACE LANDING / FOSTERING OUR FUTURE September 2017
"The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed" (Psalm 103:6).
God's people continue to amaze me! Anytime there has been a need for a home for an independent living youth a family has stepped up and taken them in their home.
One person has the ability to completely revolutionize the life of an abandoned child. Your creative energy could be the very thing that puts them on the right track and they can experience the love of God for the first time.
Moving on Up
As many of you know, Grace Landing is moving all of our boys with families by the end of September. We have been placing girls with families for almost the last two years. Six families have stepped up and taken a young lady in the last 21 months and two families have stepped up to take in a young man in the next week. If you are interested in taking in a young woman or man (ages 18-23) please contact Juda at email@example.com. We will continue to need families throughout the year.
Liam needs a home!
We have one young man that needs a family. We prefer families who are empty nesters and who are willing to invest in our youth. Liam attends Valencia college and works at McDonald's. He would like to major in psychology and attends Freedom Life Church. Liam would like to live with a family that does not drink alcohol and is looking forward to living with a family.
I grew up in a family who was called to foster care ministry.Foster children are often small, fragile, overlooked and broken, yet I believe our God finds these souls to be the most beautiful of all.
The Healing Path for Foster Youth Preparing for Adulthood
Location: Contact Juda for location at firstname.lastname@example.org
September 29th, 6-8 pm. Working with youth and young adults ages 18-23
This session is designed for first year families links working with youth and young adults ages 18-23.
What to expect when you attend:
Overview: Many of our youth and young adults struggle with depression, anxiety, panic, addictions, and guilt. Often the source of this pain lies buried in patterns of behavior that they learned as children and continue to practice today. Because of poor parenting or childhood trauma, their growth toward maturity slows or stops entirely. To become mature image-bearers of God we most learn to do four things:
– Bond to others
– Set healthy personal boundaries
– Accept both the good and bad in life
– Develop the traits of adulthood
Takeaway: In The Healing Path for Foster Youth Preparing for Adulthood you will acquire the ability to:
1. apply each of these four needs to helping youth and young adults heal.
2. identifies problems that arise when they are not met, and
3. learn how to facilitate changes to help bring healing.
This is a Fostering Our Future Certificate Training and qualifies for 2017-2018 foster parent in-services training.
A Reason To Celebrate!
In August, Fostering Our Future/ Grace Landing celebrated the new foster families at The Vine Church, by gathering for a community celebration. Foster parents shared their personal stories of the hardships and the triumphs that walking the path of foster care brings. They shared how the Lord prepared their hearts for such a special calling, and how they made that calling a reality!
Please join us at our next community celebration!
Community Celebration– November 5th 7:00-8:30pm
Location: The Vine Church
This session is designed to promote county-wide ministry solidarity for the Fostering Our Future Compassion Community.
What to expect when you attend: Connect with other Fostering Our Future Pastor/Leaders. Ministry Team Leaders, Foster Parents, and Family Support Team Members. Share resources and take advantage of networking opportunities to build authentic Christian community and receive clarity through the Word of God, affirmation of the Spirit of God, and authentic Christian fellowship with the people of God.
Overview: A night of worship, storing telling, making new friends, and a 2017 Fostering Our Future Ministry Progress Report. You have helped to change the way we care for vulnerable children in our community and we have just begun. Come help help us recognize the great work of our 2016-17 Ministry Team Leaders, welcome our new 2017-2018 Ministry Team Leaders, and celebrate their work of minsitry. We’ll hear from our foster families and learn from their 2017 foster care ministry experiences, their victories, and their challenges. We’ll review our lesson learned form 2016-2017 and present the changes and opportunities that 2018 holds. You don't want to miss this event.
Takeaway: A deep sense of awareness that you’re not alone on the foster care ministry journey in our community. A renewed heart, mind, and spirit as we return to our first love for Jesus and our calling to serve him among children, youth, and young adults from hard places.Our effort and prayer is that you will leave with an appreciation of how others, like you, are stepping up to care for vulnerable children in our community when their families step out.