A Note from JFO treasurer, Sue Roseberger
My life since accepting Jesus' call has been filled with miracles. One of the greatest was the day my husband and I got a call from Albany County Child & Family Services informing us they had a pre-adoptive 6 month old girl named Hope. Did we want her? Yes! A thousand times yes. After being married 8 years and praying fervently for a family, God chose this way to bless us. Then two years later, we added Hope's 3 month old brother to our home, then came sister Rose, straight from the hospital. God answered the deep desire of my heart, not just to be a Mom, but to finally love and nurture a baby from the very start of their earthly habitation.
The wonderful thing about all this was that, we do not walk this journey alone. The church, and not just our home church, heard the call to come around and love on us. They sent meals, provided furniture, clothing, babysitting, advise, instruction and prayer. We could not have done this alone. We didn't ask; they just instinctively did it.
I met Sandra Flach, early in this journey and saw her heart for not just her adoptive family, but all orphans here in the US and globally. I have supported JFO since it's inception, so last April 2016, when she asked if I knew anyone with bookkeeping experience with non-profits, I said," I do, and it's me!" I have been the bookkeeper for my home church for nearly seven years and have been blessed to join the Board of Justice For Orphans as the treasurer.
My husband and I took the "Empowered to Connect" training course this past winter and have learned wonderful ways to understand and enrich the lives of our children. Foster care and adoption is certainly hard work; that is why the Body of Christ MUST get involved. It doesn't take a village to raise a child, it takes a church.