Have you ever felt as if God places people in the right place at the right time? A week or so back, I was blessed with the opportunity to work for a mission group called Bethesda Ministries. Based out of Cincinnati, they specialize in placing foster children with perspective parents, foregoing the monotonous process of the government and assuring a perfect fit for both parties. Just like children running home to a God that is perfect for them, these children get to run home to parents that love and care for them unconditionally for the first time.
These kids are given what should be automatically provided, yet not all parents feel the same. Parents are supposed to be a constant, but some feel as if this expectation doesn’t apply to them. Some parents feel as if they owe their kids nothing, yet that is the exact opposite. A parent is supposed to teach the kid everything he knows, yet also be a disciplinary and pour every ounce of energy and love into them. These kids were robbed of that experience, which saddens me and makes me realize where I would be without my parents. It was an absolute blessing to be able to pour into these kids and give them hope that their family is coming soon. These kids sometimes are not placed immediately because Bethesda waits until there is a perfect, compatible family available and ready to adopt.
The ministry is such a cool outreach, as it allows kids to see the value in having a family, and sets them up with opportunities to achieve great things in life. This is much harder to do as an orphan in a township. The two men that are the boots on the ground for Bethesda are both Americans. They picked up their families and their entire lives to follow the call and serve God. The area which they live is not the “first world” part of South Africa either, which makes their devotion to God even more impressive.
Any donations to them are well appreciated and I have seen the fruits of their hard work and God’s blessing. Their website is: https://bethesdaoutreach.org. With the friendly currency exchange, even a small donation can go a LONG way in their ministry. More updates and pictures coming soon!