So if you don't know by now, I've decided to step into the role as point person, or "advocate," for an organization called The Forgotten Initiative. Since TFI is new to Columbia, my first order of business was to try and create a working relationship with some people at the Department of Social Services in my surrounding counties and also the smaller children's shelters. My first worry was that I would have a hard time getting my foot in the door and convincing these people to trust me and tell me their actual needs. I prayed and prayed and God answered. Of course He did....
I've spoken with 2 agencies (out of like 20 or so) and they've given me a very small idea of their needs. I know that once I start digging deeper, I'll find that they have more needs than they even dreamed to tell me about. Now that I know without a doubt in my mind that these children need so much from the community, I'm feeling slightly discouraged and heartbroken. Children that are taken from their homes because of abuse or neglect need the Church in real, tangible ways. I'm overwhelmed by the enormity of it all. I feel like I have only just scratched the surface.
I don't want to let these kids down. I know that Christ will take care of them, but I so badly want the Church to rise up and do something about this. The harvest is ripe, but the laborers are few. There are churches on every street corner and a TON of Christians in Columbia. Yet I feel as if I'm begging people to consider helping children that desperately need the love of Christ. These kids really are "the least of these."
We've only just begun to spread the word that there is a problem and a real need in our Foster Care community. I need to trust that God will raise up workers to step in the gap and do awesome things. I need to trust that I can't do this alone and that I won't have to. I need to trust that we will show these children the love of Christ. I need to trust in His timing.