Being a Single Adoptive Parent on Mission by K. Faith Morgan

“So, what are you doing about it now?” my pastor asked when I told him God had called me to foster care.

One question — eight words — changed my life forever. I’ve known for a long time that’s what God called me to do, but I thought it was a someday sort of calling — a calling with prerequisites. I made the naïve assumption that this was the kind of ministry you could only do if you were married.

Assumptions are dangerous.

For a long time, I assumed that marriage would be my story, and once that happened, I would say “yes” to ministry. God made thousands of promises in the Bible that are still valid today, but He never promised me an earthly marriage. I may get married someday, or I may not. But married or single, I know fostering is what God has asked me to do.

So I do it.

This is your responsibility

It’s not just a single vs. married thing. Ministry was never meant to be constrained to an age or phase of life. I always cringe a bit when someone points to the children’s department or youth group at the church and says, “You are the church of tomorrow.” No, they are the church of today. You are the church of today. The person who has sat in the same pew for the past 40 years is the church of today.

When Paul says in Ephesians 2:20, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them,” there are no qualifiers. Man, woman, married, single, young, old, we are created for good works. You don’t graduate to ministry, and you don’t retire from it either. It’s a life-long pursuit and calling.

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Source: Baptist Press