Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I GOT A JOB!!!

What??? You think I have enough to do with my 7 kids, farm, home schooling, public speaking & advocacy for Drug Endangered Children.

I am thanking God today for running into my kids old case worker late the other night at WALLY WORLD!

God has been calling me FOR MONTHS to do more to help the orphan.... I have been dreaming about black children and have felt drawn to Ethiopia for some time. I have been praying, reading books and buying stuff to support Africa.

I mentioned this to our social worker-I told her I felt our hands were tied since we can no longer foster here in our state because we have 6 children under age 16 (over the licensing limit). That's when she said "Oh, but we are desperate for Host Homes and you don't have to be licensed to be a Host Home." She went on to explain what this entails and gave me the number of the point of contact-"Dave". I came home, told The Captain and called the next day.

What is a Host Home? It's a safe place children stay for 1-2 days until their court date. These children are often removed from their homes with drugs, abuse or some type of danger. They are knows as "CINC" Child In Need of Care. Most of this happens on the weekend or the middle of the night.

I told "Dave" our history and he told me this "YOU HAVE MADE MY DAY!" I faxed him a copy of our old foster license and training certificate and they ran our background checks and he called me today to tell me that we are approved to be a HOST HOME. We could get a call as soon as this weekend. Only one other person in our county is doing this-he truly was desperate.

He also offered me a job-a difficult job. The job of an intake coordinator-I would be there with law enforcement to take a report when a child is removed from a dangerous home. I asked The Captain and he was very supportive. We live in a very spread out rural county and there is only one other intake person in our county. I told him I would do it the 2 weeks a month The Captain is home.

Thanking God today for using me right here in my community when I didn't think I could help-thanking Him for opening my eyes to a need to truly SERVE HIM through these children. What are you doing to help the kids in your community?

Once our eyes are opened, we can't PRETEND we do not know what to do. God who weighs our hearts & keeps our souls, knows that we know and holds us RESPONSIBLE TO ACT! Proverbs 24:12

Mark 9:37 Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.

Don't forget to check in on Isaiah at HIS BLOG and give Jen some encouragement. We've raised over $1100 on facebook in 2 days-GOD IS SO GOOD!

27 comments:

His Hands His Feet Today said...

OH WOW!!!!!!!!! I would LOVE to do that! Yeah God for open doors and willing servants!!!!
Love ya,
K

Amy said...

That is amazing! Congratulations!

Your heart for kids just warms my heart!

Thank you for all you do.

Nelly said...

That is great!! I want to do that to but were running out of room.

Dearest Jessica said...

congrats that sounds amazing, I love the way God did that!

Mandi said...

This is wonderful, Jen! God is going to do AMAZING things through you!!!

Thanks for the bible study recommendation. (:

Kyle and Crystal said...

How exciting!!!! Do they do this in every state??? God has such great timing doesn't he???

Staci said...

congrats

Beth in NC said...

You are such a blessing. What a gift to give others. God bless you as you step out in this role!

Love!
Beth

mary grace said...

This is absolutely where I see myself heading. Once you know how large the need is, there's no way you can avert your eyes ... or your heart.

Kelly said...

That is truly awesome Jen. I am so excited for you. Though I hope you do not get a call very often. (this breaks my heart)There are so many women(and men, families) that want children and are not able (for what ever reason) and the thought of someone who is blessed with a child or children and beat them or take them forgranted, it eats at me.
You are making a huge difference that may not even be realized in their lives for years to come.
YOU GO GIRL!!! I am so proud of you!
God shines through you.

Jen said...

Wow, you are truly amazing.

Pink Slippers said...

That is amazing! I am so happy you are letting god use you on such a MIGHTY way. It saddens me to think of children having to go through this. Hopefully when they stop at your home they will see God's love and have hope.
Great testimony and praise report!
Wendy

Midwest Mommy said...

wow! You guys are truly awesome!
That job sounds like a great opportunity but a difficult one too.

Joyful Mom said...

Wow---you got a REAL job! All the things you do already is not considered REAL work, you know :)
I am sooooo excited for you. Yay---God is opening new and exciting doors. How wonderful. Life is never boring in the Lord, is it? There is always something to stretch us waiting just around the corner.

trina said...

Wow, I'm so excited for you! I know exactly what you are saying. The Proverbs verse is very powerful and very true. I know my first job is to take care of my kids but God knows, like you, I must do more. I gotcha, sista!! I'm with ya.

Tracie said...

Jen,
I"m so proud of you. I can't wait to hear more about it!
This is so awesome.

Trac

Andrea said...

WOW! Don't you love God-incidences?! What a job, that will take strength and alot of prayer please let us know how we can pray in the coming months! Blessings
A

Tessa said...

Your excitement just spills from this post and I am just rejoicing in all the ways that God is using you for our precious children. I also appreciate you challenging all of us to reach out to the kids in our community. God's timing is so amazing!

PamperingBeki said...

Girl, you are amazing!!

So inspiring, so warm, and so wonderful.

God bless you!!

Midwest Mommy said...

Winner!! I just emailed you :-)

wife.mom.nurse said...

I am in awe! Your heart is so huge ")

Being a host home is a dream that I have had. The lifestyle is not appropriate for that at this time in my life...one day if HE calls on me...

I hope you will share about this new journey one day.

Cheryl said...

That is awesome! You never cease to amaze me! Congratulations on the new job...I'll pray you don't get very many calls...but for the ones that you do get, I will pray for those poor, sweet souls also. I'll have to check into this in our town...I've been wanting to do SOMETHING but figured we'd have to go through classes again, so this could be the perfect fit! :o)

RaizenBoyz said...

Amazing!! I never knew about this!!! I understand the African thing, I have that too.

RaizenBoyz said...

I wanted to share this blog with you. It's a very young (20?) girl who is a missionary in Uganda. More than that, she is mommy to 22 children and feeds more than 250. Amazing.

http://kissesfromkatie.blogspot.com/

Blogalicious Designs said...

That's amazing, Jen!! Praise God!!

~Steph

Flamingo Mama said...

that is amazing!!!

i can not imagine how difficult it will be...your passion will be greatly used in the lives of these kids!

Kacey R. said...

I simply think you're the best!