By LBCH Communications
[img_assist|nid=7726|title=The McGrews|desc=Erin and Meredith McGrew, who have been foster parents for more than a year, have three children of their own: Katie, 19, Peter, 17, and Caroline, 14.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=380]GOLDONNA – Erin and Meredith McGrew, members of Goldonna Baptist Church in Goldonna, La., have been foster parents for a little over a year.
The McGrews have three children of their own: Katie, age 19, Peter, age 17 and Caroline, age 14.
“The Lord led us to foster through a young man at our church,” Meredith McGrew said. “We were shown through him that there are many children out there whose lives need a touch from the Savior. God uses us, His children, to touch them.”
The McGrews began their foster care experience by contacting Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home to learn more about the process.
“We were excited to be able to work with a Christian ministry in that capacity,” Meredith McGrew said.
God taught them many lessons through the foster care certification process, the McGrews said.
“The Lord showed us through the training we were required to take that we would not only be ministering to foster children, but we would also minister to their parents and siblings. This was a little unexpected and hard to accept at first, but now we see it as a part of this ministry. We pray for the biological families and want to help them in any way we can. The goal of foster care is reconciliation with the birth family. That is what we hope for and work toward.”
When asked what advice the McGrews could give to other families considering foster care, they stated, “Don’t do this unless the Lord is asking you to do it.”
The McGrews said foster care has been a positive experience for their family and that they have seen “a true taste of kingdom living.”
“It is always a joy and a blessing to help someone, but to know that we can provide these children with a safe and secure home, plenty of food, and lots of love in the midst of their challenging circumstances is very rewarding,” Meredith said.