Families in the church are answering the call to be foster parents and bring children from hard places into their home to be nurtured, cared for and loved. Being a foster parent is a beautiful and worthwhile calling. On a daily basis, foster families are giving hope to children and families who are living with constant struggles and are in need of a Jesus-centered place for refuge and healing. The work that foster families in our churches do is full of unbelievable difficulties and unspeakable joys. Have you ever thought “I admire what they are doing, however I know I am unable to care for a child right now. What can I do to help and support them?”
We at Agape know that not everyone is called to be a foster parent, however, there are other ways you can help those foster families in your congregation. Agape has developed the Agape Ambassador Program to partner with area churches to help the congregation practically serve foster and adoptive families within their body. This gives the church an opportunity to participate in serving children (God’s children) in foster care through serving and ministering to the foster families. Each church will have designated Ambassadors who will be a volunteer liaison between Agape and the congregation. Agape has a training class to equip the volunteers with unique and diverse ways that the congregation can practically serve foster and adoptive families.
The first training of Agape Ambassadors was held February 2, 2019. We are in the process of scheduling another training class. If you are interested in being that representative from your congregation or would like to learn more about this program please contact Sharalyn Donald, Georgia Agape’s Resource Development Coordinator at (770) 452-9995 or by email at Sharalyn@georgiaagape.org.
March 24th - Spartan Stadium on the Greater Atlanta Christian School campus. Registration begins at 1:30pm.
Come join the fun at our annual 5K For Kids in either our 5K run or the 1 Mile Fun Run.
Held this year on Sunday, March 24, 2019, this event is for all ages and benefits Georgia Agape. Follow this link (https://runsignup.com/5KRace4Kids) to the registration site.
See you on the track!
It may be safe to say that many of you reading these words have already determined your “New Year’s Resolution”, a promise or goal that you set for yourself to start the new year in a fresh way. New Year’s Resolutions encompass a wide variety of things, including health, finances, spiritual life, careers and many, many others. There is no limit to the goals, or resolutions, that we set for ourselves. The ugly truth, however, is that many of these goals will be thrown to the wayside and forgotten about by the end of 2018. The healthy choices made at the beginning of the year may be long forgotten by the end of the year. This isn’t to say that keeping a resolution isn’t doable. On the contrary! It can be extremely empowering to set a goal for yourself and work hard to reach that goal.
In determining your resolutions for the new year, I encourage you to take care. The literal definition of care is “the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something”. It can also mean “to feel concern or interest or attach importance to something”. It is a noun and a verb. It is something and something to do. Is this not what we try to do when we set resolutions? Whether it’s taking care of our spiritual walk, health, home, family, friends, career, self, etc.?
In Psalms, we are reminded to “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken”. What a powerful thing to know that we don’t have to go it alone, that we can share our cares with the Lord and be sustained. Many of you are making changes in your life already. You may be preparing for your next great thing! As you make your preparations, be sure to include He can actually help you reach your goals. Let Him help you take care.
Thousands of Georgia's children are faced with the scary transition of entering the foster care system. These kids have to deal with heavy amounts of confusion during this point in their lives. Have you ever felt the need to help but did not know what to do? What is the first step to learning more about the fostering process? Are you interested in learning some basic facts about becoming a foster parent and/or how you can make an impact on the life of a hurting child? Georgia Agape has the answers to these questions. Please contact our Resource Development Coordinator, Sharalyn Donald by phone at (770) 452-9995 Ext 212 or through email at Sharalyn@Georgiaagape.org to set up an information appointment to learn more.
The next Foster Parent IMPACT pre-service training with Georgia Agape is scheduled to begin Saturday January 5, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The class runs for 8 weeks which includes IMPACT Pre-Service Training, CPI (Crisis Prevention Intervention) Training and CPR Certification. The training will take place at the Georgia Agape Office building located at 3094 Mercer University Dr. Suite 200, Atlanta Georgia 30341. If you have an interest in attending or would like more information please contact Sharalyn Donald at 770-452-9995 ext 212.