What happens when we see the problems of foster care not just as potholes that someone else should take care of, but as opportunities to create something beautiful, in the exact place that needs it most? What if instead of pointing out potholes in foster care, we filled them?
Today we talk to artist Jim Bachor about filling those potholes, and then three leaders from BCS Together in College Station Texas who share their incredible 3 month journey from seeing a problem, to activating their community and opening The Haven, a temporary home for children and caseworkers to stay while awaiting a foster care placement. Their inspirational story demonstrates how communities can take ownership of the foster care problem in their area and come together to provide a solution.
Resources and Guests
With so many options – from recruiting new families to supporting those caring for children, trauma training, volunteer recruitment, parenting, discipleship, personal health and more, it’s hard to know what areas of ministry to focus on and what to do in order to be as effective in those areas as possible. This is where many church ministries struggle.
If you want more clarity and confidence in your foster care ministry then this seven-part series on The Fostering Church is for you.
This limited series is specifically designed to help you grow your church’s foster care ministry – no matter where you are on the journey. In each episode you’ll hear Jason Johnson and Jason Weber talk with a real-life church ministry leader about some foundational elements of what it means to be a “fostering church”. You’ll gain insight on where to focus your efforts and the encouragement you need to help you take your next best steps forward.
Jim Bachor is a mosaic artist from Chicago, Illinois. He has been featured in many news articles and his work has appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show, NBC Nightly News, and more. It seems like no one loves a pothole, but many love a pothole filling artist! Find his work at his website, bachor.com.
Jenni Olowo is the Executive Director of BCS Together, a nonprofit organization that partners with the Church and community to tangibly support kids and families in the foster system while advocating to keep the biological family together. Her life was changed in 2016 when she became a foster parent, opening her eyes to all the brokenness and beauty surrounding the system. She is passionate about educating people on the many roles that can be played to support children and families and helping them take the next step. She resides in College Station, Texas with her husband and two children they’ve adopted through foster care.
Lauren is a long time resident of College Station and a graduate of Texas A&M. She has been married to her husband, Mike for 15 years. They are the proud parents of three children. Lauren has long been an advocate for children by working through schools and children’s groups throughout the BCS area. As an adoptive mother herself, she has a passion for supporting the health and needs of foster and adoptive parents and the children’s lives they touch. Lauren is excited to increase community awareness in the BCS area with BCS Together and to help fulfill the needs of the hurting families, foster/adoptive parents and children in the community.
As a Texas native, Angela has lived in various part of Texas but has called Bryan/College Station home for the past nine years. She began volunteering with BCS Together, serving at The Haven, in the summer of 2022. She first discovered her passion for serving youth while attending Baylor University, where she had the opportunity to mentor middle school age children. She thrilled to be able to serve her local community and children in the foster care system.