More Family Stories
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A 10-year-old girl navigates her way through the foster care system, after being removed from her home and separated from her younger brother.
A Letter from Laura Huey
In 2009, My husband and I moved into a 900 square foot house that had once belonged to my great Uncle. Our new little home had 2 bedrooms and was perfect for the two of us. Our spare bedroom was my office, work out area and my 'sacred' place where I would spend long hours in prayer and bible study. On one particular morning I was sitting in this room worshiping and praying when a subtle conviction pierced my heart, "the man who has two tunics should share with him who has none and the one with food should do the same." My heart skipped a beat as I instantly became aware that as I sat and worshipped God in my EXTRA room there were many many individuals and children for whom Christ died that did not have an adequate place to lay their head.
Over the next few months, I tried to reason my way out of this truth. After all we only had 2 rooms, while most of our influential friends had 4 or 5. Isn't it the norm to have a guess room, or an office? Weren't we already living simply enough? But unfortunately, when John the baptist was speaking to the crowd he didn't say, "The one that has 5 tunics should share with the one who has none." He said, "the one who has 2.
" My husband and I were in agreement and we began to pray and ask God to fill up our EXTRA room with whomever he would choose, young or old, family or stranger. God took our willingness and led us to take the steps to become a licensed foster home. He did fill our EXTRA room! He filled it up with 3 precious children who had come from a very hard place of abuse and neglect. It was then that we realized just how selfish we had been to withhold from those in need.
I left my job to care for these 3 young children, and though my husband only makes $15 an hour working for our church we are confident that God will continue to meet our every need. I often wonder what the world would think if every Christ follower began to share their EXTRA with the children in our community. I have come to believe that there are enough beds and rooms in our county to meet the need- we just need to obey.