Seeing While Serving: Katherine and Nathan Brown (corrected)

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What appears to be a mystery to us is fully known to God. Sometimes we make plans to foster and adopt and other times God unexpectedly opens the door for an opportunity that was not on our radar. Join co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber as they listen to Katherine and Nathan Brown’s unconventional adoption story, and find out how a couple who had never considered foster care or adoption ended up fostering while serving in their local homeless shelter.

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Focusing on What Matters

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Some may assume you have to be middle-age with a well-established family unit to foster, but today’s guest reminds us God can use any age, stage and season of life to impact kids who are hurting. Join Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber as they interview Jess Freeman about her family’s experience fostering—in their 20s— a five-year old girl. She unpacks how to discover the meaning being your foster child’s behavior, continuing to date your spouse in a chaotic season and the village it takes to foster well.

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Serving as a Respite Family

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What’s one of the greatest needs for fostering families? Respite care. If you and your family are not called or ready to foster, you can still be a part of this Kingdom work by providing respite care for fostering families. Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber interview Becca Browning on what it’s like being respite family. In this episode, you’ll hear the challenges and immeasurable rewards of being a respite family and the practical benefits for the foster family and the child.

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Carmen Coe: Loving Foster Kids and Their Parents

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Infertility, a cramped New York apartment, racial dynamics, moving across state lines, lost adoption documents and more. Join co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber as they discuss with Carmen Coe her family’s process of adopting two siblings and loving their biological families. Carmen and her husband faced many joys, seasons of waiting and sudden surprises as the Lord grew their family. Their journey beautifully demonstrates what it looks like to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit through the adoption process, in loving their children’s biological family and in the midst of the unknown.

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Encore: An interview with Crystal Williams pt.2

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Today, we are revisiting a conversation with former foster youth, Crystal Williams. Listen in for part 2 of Crystal William’s extraordinary message, and let your family be reminded that though we don’t understand why things happen, God created us, sees us and knows us. Crystal, who grew up in the foster care system, shares more years in the foster care system. In this second conversation with Crystal, she discusses getting to know her birth mom after eight years of wondering if her mother was dead or alive.

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Encore: An interview with Crystal Williams pt.1

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Today, we are revisiting a conversation with former foster youth, Crystal Williams. What feelings, emotions and thoughts are your adopted or foster children experiencing? Co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber sit down with special guest, Crystal Williams, who grew up in the foster care system. Discover what this artist, advocate and public speaker has to say about her 15 years in the foster care system.

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Laura Maxwell: Called to care in your community

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Can God heal your past? Join co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber as they speak with special guest, Laura Maxwell, about how God used her past to prepare her for a future of fostering and adopting ministry. Discover how God used Laura’s childhood of chaos to give her empathy and understanding for children in the foster care system.

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Pam Parish with Connections Home

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Did you know about 700 young adults age out of the foster care system every year in Georgia alone? Join co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber as the speak with Pam Parish, founder of Connections Home based in Atlanta. Pam works with young adults who age out of the foster care system and sees their plight first hand.

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Jami Kaeb, pt.2: Awareness Leads to Action (the Forgotten Initiative)

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Join co-hosts Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber for part two of this two-part series with Jami Kaeb from the Forgotten Initiative. In this episode, you’ll learn more about Jami’s organization and hear how it began with the continuation of her story. You won’t want to miss the inspiring and heart-warming story from this mom of seven children.

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