The past twelve months have been significantly harder on our children, and Mathew had little reason to hope. Fourteen-year-old Mathew arrived at His House with his seven siblings a few months ago. He and his siblings, ages two to eighteen, bounced in and out of foster care most of their lives.
The children lost their biological father to suicide and soon followed their mother into an abusive relationship. After years of experiencing domestic abuse, their mother abandoned them, leaving Mathew and his siblings to fend for themselves.
Upon their arrival, the His House placement team identified a foster family of two sisters who were prepared to take all eight children. Although living under two different roofs, the children would be a part of the same family, staying united as siblings.
Recently, one of the foster dads stepped out to purchase milk for the family, making Mathew agitated and concerned. His foster mom asked why the quick trip made him uneasy, and he shared how the last time their dad stepped out to purchase milk, he never returned.
Although his fear of abandonment was heartbreaking, it was an opportunity for his foster mom to reassure Mathew and his siblings, that they were in a safe and nurturing home now. Mathew’s shoulders lowered, and the corners of his mouth raised to form a smile. A sense of calm came over him as he realized he and his siblings were finally in a home where they are safe, loved, and cared for.
Mathew’s foster family is committed to serving the Lord and caring for the children – “their blessings,” as they lovingly call them. Their family verse is “As for Me and My House, we will serve the Lord” – Joshua 24:15.
This Easter season, the Lord is doing something new in the lives of this beautiful family of eight. Slowly, He has begun restoring the lives of the children by helping them release fear and press into the hope of Jesus Christ. The children have begun learning about faith and hope, and most of all, that the Lord is doing something new in their lives through the care of their loving foster family.
Children like Mathew desperately need the resources and comfort provided by His House Children’s Home – but we can only offer these life-changing services with the help of friends like you.
The ministry of His House makes a tremendous difference in the lives of the children we serve, and we feel blessed that God has called us to be a part of it.