If you are reading this, you know me well enough to know I love spending time with kids. I enjoy their silliness. I am energized by their imagination. I am inspired by their bravery. I've shared with many that my first prompting from the Lord to work with children was when I was 11-12 years old. I was in children's church and saw a need for preschoolers to have a lesson specified for them. I begged our children's church teacher to let me lead that class; in fact, at my college going away party she gave me the letter I wrote to her explaining why I felt that class was needed! I continue to be so thankful for Maria Vizcaino and the time she gave to help me. She allowed me to pull the preschoolers aside in her class and begin my journey of working with children. Those preschoolers are now married and some have babies of their own! Yikes! While I have continued to work in children's ministry and was blessed to work with amazing colleagues in the public school system, I am sure that it no surprise to many that I've had a longing in my heart for children of my own.
I can remember playing house with my cousins and having dolls that were our babies. Mine were always adopted. As I grew up, the Lord continued to place a love for orphaned children on my heart. I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Guatemala and Peru with Buckner International and serve in orphanages. My desire to provide a home for children without a home only grew stronger. This school year we've had a very special group of siblings that are currently in foster care. The Lord has used them to show me that it is time for me to move forward. Ahhh!!! I can't explain to you how exciting and scary it is to share this! Today I took a very small step, but is is a step! I reached out to the foster mom of the siblings in our program and asked for the phone number to the agency she is working with. I know, it doesn't sound like a big deal.. but you should have seen me! I stared at my phone and finally typed out the text then I just waited. Why? I have NO idea! Maybe because it felt like no matter how small the step... it was forward motion! I sent the text! Then I waited... and waited!!! It was thrilling to see the response pop up! What did she reply? "Who is this? I don't recognize the number" Ugh! lol! After explaining who I was she gladly shared the number to the agency. The goal for tomorrow... make the call. Please pray with me as the Lord continues to show me the next steps!
I'm JoAnn. I am a God worshipping, Jesus following, child teaching, puppy petting, daughter of the King of Kings, who is grateful for daily grace and forgiveness!