15-Year Old Asks Church for a Family

The Tampa Bay Times yesterday carried a deeply moving story of Davion Only of St. Petersburg, FL.  Davion has spent his entire 15-year life in foster care, hoping that his birthmother would come get him.  But when he learned in June that she was dead, Davion knew what he wanted more than anything else:  a family.  So the young man went to St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church asking if any family would be willing to adopt him. ”I’ll take anyone,” Davion said. “Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don’t care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be.”  Read the full story HERE.

A window like this into the ache within the foster system…and in a child’s heart…remind me why the Church can’t pass the buck to government:  not the comfortable church of platitudes and go-your-way-I’ll-be-thinking-of-you…but the real, Christ-hearted, bleeding for the world’s hurt and willing to do something about it church.

And although the need currently far outstrips the response, I’m so thankful more and more Christians stepping up to foster, adopt, and mentor kids in foster care.  We hope the upcoming Families for Children Conference in Orlando will be yet one more important catalyst for that, equipping churches and families for wise, effective engagement with foster care.  Meanwhile, pray that a family will open itself to welcome Davion…and countless others like him.