In part two, guest Jason Johnson talks about what it means to reframe foster care through the gospel. He also shares best practices for preparing a family to realistically engage fostering with passion. He reinforces the title of his first book, Everyone Can Do Something, by sharing three practical ways families and individuals can find their “something” in fostering.
When Sandra Viena, age 72, showed up to a church in her hometown of Detroit looking for a little help, she had absolutely no idea how much she was about to receive. This special Stories of Hope podcast reinforces the fact that, when it comes to adoption and fostering, everybody, regardless of age or position in life, truly can do something. Find out how to give to the Ministry Adoption Fund by visiting sendrelief.org/foster-care-adoption/. Also, subscribe to Stories of Hope podcast for more inspiration.
Jason Johnson joins co-hosts, Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber, to share how God shaped his fostering journey from being a church planter to becoming director of the National Church Ministry Initiative for the Christian Alliance for Orphans. His transparency encourages listeners to frame foster care through lenses of the gospel instead of broad, sweeping judgments about best practices. Resources: Check out Jason’s blog, http://jasonjohnsonblog.com/reframing-foster-care, where you can find helpful information about fostering, and purchase his books, Reframing Foster Care — Filtering Your Foster Parenting Journey Through the Lens of the Gospel” and, Everyone Can Do Something — A Field Guide for Strategically Rallying Your Church Around the Orphaned and Vulnerable.
When it comes to the vast challenges of parenting—regardless of the context—author Pam Parish shares the power of prayer and how God often uses unexpected ways of providing guidance and answers to those prayers. In this episode, she draws from her personal experience of parenting eight children along with the insight found in her book, Battle-Weary Parents, to provide a spark of hope to parents who find themselves in a hard place.
Parenting isn’t easy. And there is no shame in admitting that the grind of parenting can take its toll on even the most spiritually mature parent. In this two-part episode, author Pam Parish joins Lynette Ezell to share insight from her book, Battle-Weary Parents, that gives parents Bible-based encouragement and strength, especially for those in difficult seasons of parenting.
For kids who deal with trauma, come from hard places or have known deep loss, grief and neglect, trying to navigate the different rhythms forced upon them by the coronavirus pandemic can be challenging, especially if they sense their parents’ fears. Kevin and Lynette Ezell draw upon their own experiences to provide insight on how to best manage those difficulties in a fostering or adoptive home.
The desire to become an adoptive or foster parent is admirable, and particularly attractive to those with big hearts. But in this episode, hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber share the importance of aspiring adoptive and foster parents to count up the costs before diving in.
When it comes to finding the necessary motivation to forge ahead courageously in the world of adoption and fostering, sometimes all the facts and figures in the world can do nothing to trump a good story. In this two-part episode, hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber have a good story with Lauren Pinkston who, along with husband Gavin, are the parents of two adopted daughters and one biological son. Lauren shares her journey from the whirlwind beginnings to the steps of it that led to entrepreneurship, while providing down-to-earth encouragement applicable to adoptive parents anywhere.
When it comes to finding the necessary motivation to forge ahead courageously in the world of adoption and fostering, sometimes all the facts and figures in the world can do nothing to trump a good story. In this two-part episode, hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber have a great story with Lauren Pinkston who, along with husband Gavin, are the parents of one adopted daughter and two biological children. Lauren shares her journey from the whirlwind beginnings to the steps that led to entrepreneurship, while providing down-to-earth encouragement applicable to adoptive parents anywhere.
No matter how prepared you are for the adopting and fostering journey, there still may be those that we deeply love as parents who will choose to learn things the hard way—to reject the love of a family, leave the security of our homes and faith and follow their own way. In today’s episode of the Adopting and Fostering Home Podcast, author Judy Douglass joins hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber to discuss her new book, When You Love a Prodigal.