Day 20: Family For Life

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Read:Psalms 68:5-6 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

Hours after the children who call Hope Unlimited home scuttle off to bed, the houseparents gather for a late night cookout. Soon, conversation turns from local politics and soccer to the real passion of every person there: the hearts of the children in their care. As dinner winds down, the randomly-placed folding chairs are pushed to one side, the houseparents form a circle, and, holding hands, they intercede before God for each child.

Houseparents sign ten-year contracts so their Hope Unlimited children, who have been abandoned so many times in their lives, will never feel they have been left again. These parents bring stability, discipline, life lessons, and, most of all, love to kids who have never known the meaning of family.

Pray:Father, we pray for head houseparents Sidney and Eli and all the houseparents they lead. Give them grace, patience, and a constant awareness of your presence today.

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