The Forgotten Initiative Celebrates 5 Years!
We invite you to celebrate with us the goodness of God as The Forgotten Initiative (TFI)–the foster care ministry of Lifesong for Orphans–celebrates 5 years of bringing joy and purpose to the foster care community around the country!
In 2009, God led Jami Kaeb, a busy wife and mom, to walk into her local state foster care agency and truly see the need of the fatherless in her community. Jami knew she could not fix everything for every child, but she also knew God delights in using willing servants with empty hands. She petitioned family and friends to help, and God did incredible things.
It’s not that the church doesn’t care. The church doesn’t necessarily know how to help or that this community even exists.
God used the effort of one person who wanted to impact her community and–just as He did with the loaves and fishes given to feed the multitude in Matthew 14–God took the effort and multiplied it. Today, TFI resources, supports, and networks advocates and churches across the country, helping them grow sustainable foster care ministries in their communities. TFI mobilizes the Body of Christ through service projects, mentoring, and family support initiatives.
TFI Advocates Serve Around the U.S.
In Northern Illinois, after learning of the need, a 12-year-old boy raised over $20,000 to fill Journey Bags for children in foster care. In California, a TFI advocate started a support group for teen moms in foster care. In Central Illinois a family became foster and then adoptive parents after volunteering with TFI. In Nevada, a family stepped forward to adopt after being made aware of the need. Many of God’s people are now supporting the foster care network all across the nation, and we pray God will motivate more of His children to serve in this way in the coming days.
May Is National Foster Care Month
Next month the U.S. will recognize the Foster Care initiative and everyone who plays a part in enhancing the lives of families and youth in care. National Foster Care Month allows each of us to recognize that we play a part in caring for the vulnerable in our society.
Even with all God has done for TFI in the past 5 years, there is more work to do. Agency workers, foster parents, vulnerable adults, and lonely children still exist in every state. These precious people need the love of Jesus in tangible ways. Would you help meet the needs in your community?
We dream of the day when every member of the foster care community experiences the love of Jesus through God’s people.