“How can you endure giving kids back after they’ve lived with you?” It’s a good question. It’s often asked. And the answer is, “It’s really hard.” At some point, all foster parents face the reality of packing up suitcases with accumulated clothes, toys, and mementos. They watch as caseworkers pull into the driveway. They look... Read More
I have a foster world HERO who has become a dear friend. Her name is Pam Parish. Recently we were having lunch and talking about our fostering journeys—her's being MUCH more extensive than mine. Pam shared an insight with which I could immediately identify! It's such a powerful parenting insight, I knew you'd benefit from... Read More
Remember back in your school days when you’d hear that a substitute teacher was coming the next day? Or you’d arrive at school and while making your way to class, you’d hear that Mrs. Whoever was absent, and a sub had come instead? For me, that announcement brought forth simultaneous giddiness and dread. Giddiness, because... Read More
Being a foster parent changes a lot. It has definitely changed my thinking. For instance… “Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom... Read More
Ah, retirement. If anyone deserves to sit back, prop up her feet, and enjoy some relaxation, it’s my friend, Virginia. Saint Virginia (she doesn’t generally go by that name, but that’s what I call her) spent 30 years teaching restless, eager, chatty, thirsty, impatient, frequently runny-nosed first graders. That alone is a feat that, in... Read More
Sandra is a Georgia native and has lived in the Atlanta area since graduating from Georgia Tech in 1988. She married Andy that same year and they founded North Point Ministries in 1995. Sandra’s ministry passion is promoting foster care in the local church. Much of her time these days is spent in seminary classes through Dallas Theological Seminary, working on various writing projects, and continuing her involvement with Fostering Together – the foster care initiative at North Point Ministries.
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“For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8).