Foster the gospel is a minstry of Damascus Road Church in Marysville, Washington. Foster the Gospel was started by two adoptive foster parents – Randy and Kari Loveless (see the “Who We Are” link for more info) as a way of encouraging local churches to engage in the work of caring for foster children and orphans that exist locally.
Foster the Gospel exists to educate the local church on the need present in our own communities and support those who are willing to embark on one of the most exciting, beautiful, terrifying, and life-changing experiences known to man… being a foster parent. Much like Sleep Country USA, we realize that not everyone can or should care for a foster child or orphan themselves… but anyone can help. That’s why part of our mission is to form a network of like-minded people who can be on this mission together, in whatever capacity they can. Some may become foster parents, some may simply donate used children’s clothing.
The primary objective of Foster the Gospel is to fulfill the Great Commission…
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Mat 28:18-20)
We can make disciples by bringing kids into our homes and by teaching them about God, and all he commanded. What’s more, these children desperately need love, security, compassion, and tender care. We point to the perfect love of God – our adoptive daddy – as we love these children. In fact, our love is a response pouring out of our realization of His love for us. The gospel can also reach deeper into our own lives as we live sacrificially, as we dare to live radically and love dirty, broken, damaged, vulnerable, and helpless children. This is spreading the gospel… one child at a time. This is why James refers to the caring of widows and orphans in their affliction as religion that is pure and undefiled.
You may want to consider the following statistics regarding foster care in the State of Washington…
The Numbers on Foster Care.
1. The number of kids per 200 children in Snohomish County that will become a foster child.
12,000. The approximate number of foster children in Washington State currently.
100. The approximate number of foster homes actively receiving foster children along the I-5 corridor between Bellingham and Renton.
10. The number of emails we receive from the state in an average week seeking placement for foster children. These are typically for kids in our area. Assume the number grows to 30 to represent the same coverage area as the 100 families mentioned above. Assume each email represents 1.5 children on average. This represents a total of 45 children PER WEEK for 100 homes.
2, 091. The number of adoptions handled by Washington State Children’s Welfare Services in 2009.
2,865. The number of foster children in Washington State in the year 2009 who were not adopted but were waiting.
850. Foster children in Snohomish County in the year 2010.
210. Children of the 850 likely to be adoptable. Assumes a 25% adoption ratio.
300. A conservative number of Christian churches in Snohomish County.
Less than 1. Adoptions per Christian church per year in Snohomish County required to adopt all kids who need a home.