On The Island
I love the islands. I affectionately call the Bahamas my homeland (which is somewhat true since my mom’s side of the family is from there). Recently, my family landed on a different kind of island. It was a place of isolation, challenge, tears of pain and of joy.
We were foster parents.
It’s this island––the feeling of being all alone in a sometimes-scary place––that led my husband, Josh, and me to help launch Movement 127 at New Charlotte. Movement 127 is dedicated to surrounding foster children and families with hope. Being the hands and feet of God is often a lonely road and we want to change that. We want to rediscover the children in our city who are often referred to as “the forgotten” ones. We want to open our eyes and truly see them. We want to create a community of people who will do the same.
The foster care journey really began for me when as a 9-year-old, I saw a TV commercial featuring frail, barely clothed children running through the African bush. I immediately begged my mom to open a bank account for my babysitting money so I could send a check. (Yes, I was babysitting neighborhood kids at age 9. Crazy!) For a few years, I mailed a check each month and corresponded with my sponsor child. My involvement in the orphan care crisis continued throughout my twenties. Before Josh and I married, I made sure my cards were on the table.
I wanted to adopt.
I had always said, “I won’t foster, I would get too attached.” (Spoiler alert: that is whole point.) However, through a series of Only God moments, we decided to become foster care parents. We didn’t know anyone who had done it before. We were naïve and walking in complete faith.
Our foster care story is a hard one to tell. But with time, it has become my battle cry to other people of faith. The numbers in Movement 127 are a reminder that our faith calls us to care for these precious children, regardless of our marital status, financial status, or physical/emotional ability.
James 1:27: “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress.”
My family will eventually be back on “the island.” But this time, I hope there will be many others joining us there, supporting and encouraging each other. Praying for one another as we engage our city’s foster care crisis. Together, we can share the New Life of Jesus with the forgotten children in our community.
To learn more about Movement 127, visit us online at newcharlotte.org/Movement127 and subscribe to our e-newsletter. Each month we will update you on the status of our local foster system, practical opportunities for you to help, and ways New Charlotte is making a difference in the lives of these kids.
Nicole Taylor is the Video/Media Director at New Charlotte. You've likely seen her on campus with a camera in her hand, capturing amazing photos and videos. A busy wife and mother of two, her passion for orphan care extends to Retail Orphan Initiative, where she helps tell the stories of vulnerable children around the world. Nicole's photography lives at wholelottagrace.com.