Today, three of our Soma college students are attending Fostering Hope Austin’s Babysitter Certification Training! They will join the many other Soma members who have already obtained their foster babysitter certification. This is no simple task. It requires CPR/First Aid training, trauma-informed training, references, floor plans, background checks, TB tests, and more. This sacrificial service speaks to the heart of Soma San Marcos. Loving the orphan has been in our DNA since the very beginning.
While we were hurting and lonely, God came and invited us into His family. It only makes sense to extend that love to orphans, and doing so has become second-nature at Soma. Roughly 30% of our children at Soma San Marcos are in foster care. This percentage has been consistent since 2015. And with a relatively small church, it is impossible to be part of our local Body without being deeply touched by foster care. Foster kids are just part of who we are and caring for kids from hard places has become our normal. We hope and pray that our radical love for foster kids points to the radical love that our Heavenly Father first showed us.
In addition to doing life with these kids from hard places, Soma has also partnered with Family4Life, a local organization that seeks to strengthen relationships among siblings who are separated due to foster care. We’ve enjoyed participating in their walk-a-thon, “A Mile in My Shoes,” and their bowling tournament, “Strike Out Sibling Separation,” and we look forward to continually blessing this ministry!
Foster care is not easy. It requires time, money, energy, and endless love. If you would like to help Soma San Marcos provide more resources and help to their foster families, please click here to give financially and choose “Orphan Care” under the drop-down options. Please pray with us for our foster families! They are in the trenches of spiritual warfare, and our prayers will bring them great hope and strength for each day.