Our Core Convictions
Fostering Hope is compelled to ministry by a set of core convictions rooted in Scripture. These convictions not only motivate our service but also shape what we do and how we do it. Below is a list of those convictions along with a brief description.
- The sanctity of every human life. (Genesis 1:27; Ps. 139:13-16)
We believe that every human being is created in the image of God and thereby endued with an inherent dignity and value that is not only worthy of but demands our care. Humanity retains its unique status as image bearers of God throughout the entirety of life. This truth compels the Christian community to apply its pro-life convictions beyond the child in the womb. Consequently, we must care for every life impacted by the foster care crisis.
- Light dispels darkness. (Genesis 1:2-3; John 1:5; )
The foster care community is mired in the darkness of brokenness and pain. Too often darkness shrouds the plight of foster youth; many Christians neither see nor know their plight. We desire to shine the light of awareness on the Christian community. Our desire is that not a single Christian in New England will ever be able to say, “If I only knew, I would have done something.”
- The transforming power of gospel love. (Eph. 5:1-2; 1John 4:7-11)
The gospel reveals to humanity a love beyond human category. The gospel announces the good news of a God who loves and restores broken people at great cost to himself. Faith in such a gospel compels the Christian to reflect this very love to the broken and needy around…including those impacted by foster care…even when it hurts.
- True wisdom includes passionate advocacy (Proverbs 31:8-9)
One of the marks of wise leadership is the courage to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, particularly the poor and the needy. Few societal groups in the United States have less of a voice than the foster children. They did not ask to be born into a family unable to care for them. They did not ask to be removed from their families, separated from siblings, and uprooted from schools and neighborhoods. They did not ask to be placed in the home of a stranger. Further, they have minimal say in what happens to them long term. They languish in the background of our neighborhoods with no ability to inform the public of their need. Christians who mirror the wisdom of God’s king will be a voice for the voiceless. We will raise our voices to create awareness of the needs of the foster care community.
- Justice Matters (Psalm 146:17-19; Isaiah 1:17)
God cares deeply about justice; it is inherent to His very nature. As He gazes into His creation, the plight of the oppressed particularly captures His heart. Those who bear His name in this world are called to reflect this commitment to justice in their own lives. Wherever they may be, the Christian community should love, promote and advocate for justice on behalf of the vulnerable and oppressed including the foster youth around us.