Our Scary Little Adventure

Erik Cooper —  March 14, 2011 — 5 Comments

There are some things I hesitate to share, especially before they happen. I feel like a politician espousing tax cuts, or Charlie Sheen vowing a future in television (Have the Charlie Sheen jokes run out yet?).

This story could have a Justin Bieber meteoric rise, or it may end up going all Taylor Hicks on us. As my daughter says, risk means it may not work out. She’s wise for her age.

Today at 4:15, my wife and I are picking up a 3 year old boy.

No, we’re not adopting. We’re not even fostering. We’ve connected with an imaginative organization called Safe Families that seeks to fill the gap between families in crisis and the need for government intervention. Today it moves from theory and paperwork, to flesh and blood reality.

(And we’re a little scary-nervous about it, like the bubbly stomach you get on the ascent up the first hill of a roller coaster).

This little guy (who’s name or picture I can’t share) is newly homeless. Without help, he, his mom, and his siblings would be sleeping outside on the streets tonight. Safe Families became a voluntary option for this single mother, temporarily placing her children in secure homes for a few weeks while they work with her to stabilize the crisis.

Together, we become the extended family and relational network she doesn’t have.

For the last two years, my wife and I have been wrestling with our God-given responsibility to care for the fatherless. This creative organization really spoke to us. There are plenty of things we don’t have to offer, but we swim in oceans of a cherished and unearned gift: layers of love, family, and community that have become our safety net in times of crisis. We can’t hoard that for ourselves.

So consider this post the before photo. I don’t know how this turns out. I honestly don’t know if we have what it takes to cut it here. But I’ll try to find the courage to share the journey with you. The times we rise to the challenge, and the times we cower in fear.

Maybe this speaks to some of you. Feel free to check out Safe Families for yourself (maybe you have already). Let us be the guinea pig. The process couldn’t be simpler, but as I’ve learned over the years, simple doesn’t always mean easy.

More to come.

5 responses to Our Scary Little Adventure

  1. So excited to hear how this turns out! Praying for you guys…

  2. I’m excited for you guys! We have a few friends who help with Safe Families. One friend has helped a few different kiddos (usually for only a few weeks at a time.) One friend has has a baby 5 months now. It’s a work of love and an amazing testimony to the kingdom. One day, I hope to be able to help in this way too. We went to the auction/benefit last year for Safe Families. Maybe we’ll see you there this year! 🙂

  3. wow, as someone who struggles daily with the scars left from my abusive childhood, I applaud your “carpe diem”. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake.[Dt.31:6]So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.[Isa.41:10,13]The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. [Zeph.3:17]” “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me…[Mk.9:37a]On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor…But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” [I Cor.12:22-27] Bless you!

  4. How very awesome! I had never heard of this organization before. How so cool! What a way to connect to those who need a in life chance and a hope in Christ. Through you a door has opened wide. PTL.

    Lee and I have felt this calling to care for orphans. We even went beyond foster care and went right to adoption. Just call us Abraham and Sarah. 🙂 We should have everything finalized by May with the State of Indiana and then can begin having our child placed with us.

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