"THE ORPHANS AND THE OPPRESSED WILL BE TERRIFIED NO LONGER, FOR YOU WILL BRING THEM JUSTICE, AND NO ONE WILL TROUBLE THEM."
The heart of 10.18 Strategy is found in this passage. The entire chapter of Psalms 10 is a powerful portrayal of the JUSTICE OF GOD in unjust situations. As a Just God, He sees and He will hold accountable those who have harmed the helpless, the vulnerable, & the orphan. Our nation is filled with children who are abused, neglected, abandoned, victimized, and forgotten. These kids NEED PROTECTION, they NEED A VOICE, and they NEED FAMILIES to care for them. We exist to help individuals and communities to meet these needs through faith, family and fostering.
"If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God”
~ Dwight L Moody
to empower and mobilize believers throughout the United States to protect kids who have been abused, neglected, victimized, abandoned, or forgotten.
to raise awareness, enable community mobilization, and serve frontline families caring for victimized children through fostering or adoption.
WE TRUST AND PARTNER WITH A JUST GOD, THAT FIGHTS TO
As foster & adopt parents encounter the injustice and brokenness of the system, they need to know that Jesus is the Just God, who saw and heard what no one else did, and that He will avenge the wrong. It is easy to become bitter and angry as you come face to face with the injustices that many victimized children experience. These emotions can become very heightened when circumstances touch on the pain points of our own injustices. Knowing how to navigate, process, and dialogue with the Lord through these emotions is central to a peace-driven foster/adoptive parent.
The primary role of any individual seeking justice in the life of a child, especially within unjust systems and circumstances, is to prioritize being a VOICE, that speaks with a child-centered focus! Not a voice that talks about what we want or how we feel, but a voice that speaks for the protection and interest of the child alone! Not a voice of timidity or fear that gets drowned out by the noise of opinion, but a voice that speaks with boldness, clarity, and authority using a Biblically-Based Strategy.
to be a Voice for
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice. Proverbs 31:8-10
WHY IS THE MESSAGE OF GOD'S JUSTICE IMPORTANT TO VICTIMS?
How the Hope of God's Justice Brings Comfort
What does it Mean for God's Justice to Come?
What about Forgiveness?
We need to know that Jesus saw and heard what no one else did and that He will avenge the wrong. Through the heart of Jesus, we can come to understand a God who says what happened to us was significant and that someone must pay. Yet in his mercy Jesus offers Himself as the solution and the recipient of the just punishment.
Why Jesus Fighting for Us is Something a Just God Must Do?
OUR STORY TO TELL
We have many personal stories we could tell, but the cumulative story we want to share, first, is how our GOD DID NOT FAIL! The miraculous happens! Even amid the most broken systems, God is moving despite it, and the supernatural is happening! He is famous for making beauty out of ashes, and the brokenness of foster care is NOT too much for Him! Later we will tell our unique stories, but for now, the most crucial testimony we have to share is that GOD FIGHTS FOR CHILDREN, and he does the impossible! At 10.18 Strategy, our burning desire is to share these stories to build faith and help families with the practicalities of how to #ProtectKids through fostering and advocacy. The Lord is not done fighting for kids….there are MANY MORE STORIES TO COME!!!
In the Service of a Just God,
Katie Fetzer & 10.18 Strategy Team