I had the joy of being with healthy, active, vibrant children that belong to successful, healthy, active, vibrant women who at one time were Bridge Moms. These children were all “Bridge Kids” several years ago. They were with us for Bethany Bible VBS. The “Bridge Kids” were from three different “Bridge” families, brought by church team members who had been on their moms’ support team several years ago.
These moms have been graduates of The Bridge program for some time. Why are the team members still involved with their lives? The moms have to go to work each day to support their family, but they reach out to those who are able to encourage and help their children grow in the knowledge and love of the Lord, the ones they have trusted for some time now.
The Bridge to Hope moms become part of our families. I’ve noticed that once they become part of the families of B2H church teams, many times they never leave, just as our natural born children come back to us.
There is no requirement that they continue to call Amy Sue and Sallie or their team members for advice. They have graduated; they can do whatever they want. B2H has no hold on them, but they are part of the family, and continue to come back for support from those who loved them enough to make them part of their families.
In Galatians 4:5 and Ephesians 1:5 Paul speaks of “adoption as sons” of those who are in Christ.
That’s the way it is with many of the Bridge Moms when they come into our families. They are there because they have security with those who love them and have “adopted” them into their families. They continue to trust their children to their church team members who have been with some of them since they were just babies.
What a joy to see the next generation, not living in homelessness, or even remembering being homeless…Or with parents in their addictions, but growing up in the knowledge of God’s love and guidance in their lives. When a mom comes into the B2H program, she brings the next generation with her. The hopelessness, helplessness and addictions have stopped and her children learn to trust and be part of that adoptive family forever.
If you would like to bring adoption to your church, call The Bridge to Hope today.
Written by B2H Volunteer Evogene Stephens