Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Entertaining Angels Unawares

Note: This post was originally published on December 6, 2010. We went thought all the licensing work (classes, training, background checks, home studies, etc) but ended up housing others who needed a place to live - first a disabled vet and her kids for a few months, and then my sister and brother-in-law for a few weeks while they transitioned to the East coast, and then a young family who was also in transition - albeit a bit longer one. Our house is finally empty again, but we're expecting baby #3 in the spring and felt like we wouldn't be able to give our best parenting to a teen in foster care while we're adjusting to a new baby. We still have extra room, so we're applying to be a host family for international students at the local community college. We just can't help ourselves! We love to "entertain strangers" - and who knows, maybe we'll entertain some angels unawares.

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Heb. 13:2.)

My husband and I are applying for a license to provide foster care. We specifically want to foster children who will be available for adoption, although we know that it won’t always be the case.

I’ve been reading Gene R. Cook’s Raising Up a Family to the Lord, and then searched on for some articles about foster care. I read a few good stories from other saints who have cared for other children in their home, and the scripture above from Hebrews stuck out to me.


Since I was a young child myself, I have had a desire to be a mother – and not just a mother to my own children. I want to be a mother to any child who needs a good mother. In the case of foster care, it may not be permanent, but I know that if I will make myself available, the Lord will bless these children through my efforts, and will also bless me through these little angels.

Every child deserves a chance to see what a good, functional family unit looks like.

This is what I want to accomplish as a foster parent:

We may have these children in our lives for only a brief time before they go back to their own families. They may not return to ideal situations, but the children go home knowing a little more about how a family unit should function. Later, when they become adults and parents, examples from good foster parents can influence the choices they make in life.

If I can just be an example that will influence their lives, sending them back to their parents will be a joy for me, instead of a loss.

Do you have a desire to influence other children for good? What have you done lately to nurture a child other than your own?


  1. Becca, this is such a wonderful idea you are so kind to be willing to do this. I'm sure that you will be blessed with some sweet children. I'm not sure how old your kids are, I can't remember I know that you've said on here before. Depending on the age of the kids some of them have witnessed some horrific things. I'm not saying that to try to discourage you just something to remember. I know of someone who was adopted into a family at age nine and she still struggles with those early memories from before she was adopted. She is an adult now but she has had many of the same problems that her biological parents had. What a wonderful thing you are doing, seriously this is so awesome that you are willing to open your heart and home to children in need. <3

  2. I have a friend who is a foster parent for 3 kids now. I admire her family as it is not easy every day. Because they went through hard times, they are different and sometimes they react differently because of their own past but you can really see that you make a difference for them. And that is the most important thing. They realize what you do for them to have a normal life and they love you for that. It's a wonderful thing to be able to help these kids to understand that love exists for real!
    Another friend hosts teens from other part of the world for 1 school year, she says it's a lot of fun and a wonderful opportunity to learn about other cultures...

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