A church's calling to care for the orphan.
My name is Kyle Lackey. My family and I have being going to Church Project for a little over five years. I guess really the entire time my wife and I have known each other, we’ve known that adoption was something that would be in our future. As we got to know more people that have fostered and adopted, we really felt like our hearts were being moved from international adoption to domestic adoption and, specifically, foster care.
We asked some questions of some people that we knew. We began taking the necessary classes, and home studies, and all the things that are required to get your license to foster. We did all that, and at the tail end of that we met this little baby – this little boy. They called him RJ. He was probably three or four weeks old at the time – wild-headed, curly haired kid. Super sweet. We really felt a special place in our hearts for this kid.
About 9 months later, I was approached by another member of our church and asked if we would be able to take care of this boy – to take this boy in. So I called Lesa and I got about half way through the sentence, and she said, “Absolutely. Let’s go get him.” So we got CPS involved and initiated the transfer. He came to live with us at 8 months old, and he never left.
So we’re actually the third Church Project family that RJ came to live with. Usually as a kid is moved in the foster system form home to home, the child would go from a house, and then the child would go back to CPS, and then placed in another random family. It was really cool to see God’s providence - God’s hand on the situation.
I don’t think that everybody is supposed to foster kids or adopt children, but I think everybody is supposed to care for the orphan – the bible is very clear. But I think that could look differently for different people. For me and my family, and this stage of our lives, it was foster care and then adoption. But for other people in our story, that’s looked like getting an FBI background check and fingerprints, so they can babysit our kids so we can have a moment off. For other people, that has been just knowing us and knowing enough of our story that they could walk alongside of us and provide that emotional support and just be there for us.