Ken and I were houseparents at Westview Boys’ Home in Hollis, OK, when our kids were young. We are still in touch with a few of our boys and it is great to see where they are in their lives today. There are many boys whom I wonder about and wish I knew how they are today.
Last June, Ken and I moved to Morrilton, AR, to become houseparents again. We had each been feeling the tug on our hearts to return to this ministry. Once we discovered that we were of the same mind and heart, we applied at SCCH. This was the best decision we could have made. Ken absolutely hated driving a truck for a living and being gone from home all of the time. I loved my job at MRHS but missed Ken very much. We both also missed ministry being our primary purpose in life.
We began as relief houseparents, but that did not last long. We became houseparents to a group of girls on August 5th. At the time, we weren’t sure that we were ready, but before long we realized that we love having these girls. Since we have our own girls, we have gotten to know them rather well.
Being a houseparent is not for everyone. It will break your heart at times. These kids are here because their lives have not been easy. Some of there stories will break your heart. Some of the kids talk from the minute they come in the door. Others, take lots of time and work to trust you enough to talk to you about things that really matter. Some of our girls have been adopted or been able to reunite with their families. This is the goal of SCCH. But, even though we are excited for them, we cry because we have come to love them so much, and we know we will miss them.
This ministry is very rewarding. When a child tells you “thank you” or “I love you”, it means the world. When a child shares that she wants to be baptized, your heart soars. I cannot imagine being anywhere else in the world! Our team here is wonderful as well. Everyone cares about the children above all else. We all laugh together and cry together. We are always available to help one another out. I cannot imagine working with a better team of people.
If you have a heart for kids and ministry, consider becoming a houseparent or a foster family. It will be heard, but it will be very worth it! If you believe SCCH is the place for you to minister, go to our website and apply http://www.schome.org/employment/.
I want to end by asking you to pray for us. Pray for the houseparents and staff as we work with our kids daily. Pray that we have the strength and the proper attitude at all times. Pray for our kids as well.