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Multiplying Impact By Serving Foster Families

By the grace of God, we're regularly learning new things... Our priority is to be good stewards of the resources God gives us, and the financial investments that our supporters and volunteers have made, so that relief, Christ's love and the gospel is brought to as many hurting people as possible. For years, we've had a clear sense of the best ways we can do that, but last year God reminded us of another way we can advance and grow His Kingdom.

Making modifications to allow for fosteringLast year, three families came to us who were looking to answer God’s call on their lives to adopt or rescue children from the foster care system. To do that, though, they needed some modifications to their homes. That is a little different than how we have typically served in the past.

I greatly admire foster parents. They open up their homes to children from broken homes, often with emotional wounds, to provide them with stability and love. Family dynamics are disrupted. Foster parents have to deal with bureaucracies and be ready to give back the children on short notice. Why do they do it, then? For many, it’s a response to the gospel, as they remember the extraordinary lengths God has gone to, to save them from their sin, and claim them for His very own children. And they may well be remembering that God never gives His foster kids back! His heart for orphans is very clear. James 1:27 reminds us, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." (NKJV).

HRM saw a chance to multiply ministry by impacting some kids’ lives, and who knows how many others, so we took the requests as “from the LORD”. Their needs were different on the specifics, but they all needed HRM's help to make fostering or adoption possible.

If you have a service ministry or agency, how do you multiply community impact? Leave a comment below and let us know.



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Home Tip - Minimizing the Risk of Wood Rot

Wood rot threat #1Wood rot is one of your home's most deadly foes. Here are two common causes of the scourge, as well as practical ways to limit the threat.

One common cause we encounter is gutters filled with leaves. When they don’t drain correctly, gutters not only keep the facia and soffit wet, but can deposit decaying leaves on wood which can trap moisture, intensifying the problem. We even see the edges of roofs rotted. Put in the money or labor to keep gutters clean before you have a bigger problem on your hands!

Wood Rot Claims Another VictimDid you also know that wood can suck up moisture like a rose in a vase? Any place that you have wood ending at concrete, or another source of moisture (like a metal threshold), it is imperative that it be maintained to avoid rot. I have a door casing that rotted inside of a nice thick paint layer, because we could not get to the lowest point. If you can get to the end, soak it with primer and paint several times. Keep everything well caulked. Repairs can be done by removing the whole piece (difficult when it is the door jamb), cutting out the rotted piece and splicing in a piece to match (preferably with a composite such as PVC), or with Bondo® type products like body putty for cars.



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