I am so thankful that you follow the call of God on your life to support our Living Word Foster Initiative. Together, we continue to make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of children in the name of Jesus Christ.
My heart is to keep you informed about all the things you are doing, as a faithful supporter, for these children. In January, we were able to take nearly 100 foster children to a Phoenix Suns Basketball Game. As you can imagine, this was a wonderful experience for these children to enjoy. These outings are rewarding for the foster parents/families and help them feel loved and valued for opening their hearts and homes to these children.
In February, we supplied hundreds of dollars in food and gift cards for Child Protective Services workers. These workers often times go into situations in which children have to be immediately removed. The food and gift cards allow them to provide emergency items such as formula, diapers, clothing, or a meal. In one most recent case, a 16 year old child, with Down Syndrome, was immediately removed from a harmful living situation. Because of the gift card, the CPS worker was able to purchase clothing and toiletry items prior to placing the child in a stable environment where love and compassion are evident. These resolutions are made possible because of your faithful support.
I am extremely excited to announce the completion our mentoring curriculum. What is mentoring curriculum? I am so glad you asked! I designed this curriculum to help the children who are aging out of the system. These children, who will leave the foster care system at the age of 18 or19 years old, need life skills to help them with simple tasks to be productive, successful adults. The curriculum includes: budgeting skills, interviewing skills, understanding their emotions, and ways to not give up during times of adversity. In 2014, we tested the curriculum in a class of 15 foster children and we are seeing tremendous results. Again, this is all possible because of your generous support.
May is foster care awareness month. We will partner with AZ Friends of Foster Children, Arizona Serves and other agencies to tie 16,000 blue ribbons around trees in downtown Phoenix. Each blue ribbon represents a child who is currently in the foster care system. For more information about this event, please visit our webpage: http://fosterkidsaz.org/.
I am immensely thankful for your partnership and believe that God multiples the seeds of the resources you have sown into this initiative. Together, we are carrying out God’s instructions to not neglect the orphans living in our towns (Deuteronomy 14:27-29 NET).
In the Master’s Love and Service,
Pastor Jason Anderson