God Was Calling Us To Expand Our Family
“In the midst of careers in hospital administration and teaching, we enjoyed where we were in life, but grew more and more confident God was calling us to expand our family, specifically by way of children who needed a stable, loving home. Though we may have not known it at the time, Big Oak would become the answer to the burden that the Lord had given us for His people.
The more we researched Big Oak, we saw that it is a place full of community and support both for the children and for the houseparents. We knew we would be equipped to help any child that God gave to us. As we now near two years as houseparents at Big Oak, we cling to the truth we find in Joshua 1 as Joshua was commissioned and the Lord said, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” It is visibly clear that God is the One who brought us here, and even now, He is the same One who is working in the hearts of the children.
Our children work really hard to let us in, though it is a constant battle to let go of the reigns that they have held so tight. We have to constantly remember that God loves these boys way more than we ever could, and it is only when we follow the Lord’s leading that He is the One who is working the change. Thus, our job is to keep looking to the Lord and letting Him use us in the meantime. To offer our boys a love that is not conditional, a love not based on circumstances, performance, or good behavior.
The mission work here is, at times, hard! Yet, the lifestyle and culture of Big Oak is such a perfect picture of God’s unconditional love for all of us. And time after time, His love gives us the strength we need and allows us to be a part of His beautiful work.”
Jim & Tara
Houseparents at Big Oak Ranch
Big Oak Ranch, a Christian home for children needing a chance