16 Jun Supplying Every Need
After 5 years as foster parents, Justin and Jana have completed their third and final adoption. As they celebrate a new season of life free from paperwork and caseworker visits, they reflect upon their season with a system that has increased their dependence upon God as He’s been writing the story of their family.
When Justin first heard about foster-to-adopt and brought it up to Jana, she was skeptical. After having one biological child, Jaxon, they were looking to expand their family through international adoption, but they never considered that their journey would be in foster care. However, their daughter, Annie, eventually came to them through kinship care – which is when someone who already has an established relationship with the biological family agrees to fostering. So began their journey of fostering that would eventually lead them to foster and then adopt Annie, and later on their two other children, Lyla and Jude.
Originally, Justin and Jana said yes to fostering with a desire to grow their family, but through the years the Lord began to attune their motivation in foster care to reflect his heart of unyielding love. Experiencing the hard and messy parts of the system, God began challenging them to say yes, holding nothing back as they loved the children in their care, no matter the timeline or outcome of that child’s permanent home.
During seasons that felt like they were wandering the unknown, Jana found encouragement from the story of Exodus. Using her experience of foster parenting, God brought her to daily dependence upon Himself to meet her every need, much like when the Israelites had to rely on God for their daily provision. “Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain bread down from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day….The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a land that was settled.”(Exodus 16:4, 35)
Justin and Jana talk often about the community that has surrounded them, encouraging and praying for them as they continued to say yes to God over the years of fostering. We, the Church, have the invitation to step into the hard moments with those fostering, to come alongside them in the system and faithfully point them to the gospel for their daily provision.