6 responses

  1. Emily
    May 25, 2012

    You forgot the warning to watch the video with a box of tissues!
    Excellent interview. What a great story!

  2. Mary
    May 26, 2012

    Love this episode! I saw the video on Facebook a while ago so it was neat to hear the back story! On sort of the same note, my mom gave me a page from a Tim Keller book (King’s Cross) that seems relevant and was encouraging to me as a foster mom:
    “There are alot of wounded people out there. They are emotionally sinking, they’re hurting, and they desperately need to be loved. And when they are with you, you want to look at your watch and make a graceful exit, because listening to them with all their problems can be grueling.
    It can be exhausting to be a friend (or parent!) to an emotionally damaged person. The only way they’re going to start filling up emotionally is if somebody loves them, and they only way way to love them is to let yourself be emotionally drained. Some of your fullness is going to have to go into them, and you have to empty out to some degree…The only way to love them is through substitutionary sacrifice.”

    Can I get an Amen, from the foster parents out there? ;)

  3. jk
    May 27, 2012

    Thank you for this wonderful story about an inspiring family. I’m inspired by both the parents and the daughter who knew somehow to reach out for help and mentoring.

    As a teacher, this reminds me think of our personal and societal responsibilities to young people who are struggling. For example, I came across this story of a 17 year old you may have seen… http://news.yahoo.com/video/houston11news-15750765/honor-student-placed-in-jail-for-tardiness-and-truancy-at-school-29458964.html

    I hope we can build a world where we imagine our responsibilities to all young people in terms of support, encouragement and care — like the family in this story — rather than punishment, suspicion and prejudice (even when they are not honors students like the 17 yo in the story above!)

  4. Heather
    June 17, 2012

    Hey Tim & Wendy,

    I just left a comment on podcast 26 yesterday, telling you that I would listen to all the podcasts in order and not jump ahead. But when I saw this one, I knew I would eventually go back on my word.

    And who can blame me? I first saw this video about a month ago, and have watched it 3-4 more time since then. I’ve been wondering about this very special family (including why they decided to post it on youtube). When I realized you were interviewing Zach, I knew I had to listen ASAP.

    Thank you for posting this interview. I love how he shares insights into his walk with God in such a matter of fact way, even when the weight of what he knew he was to do was wearing him thin. Let this family continue to inspire others to do what may be culturally against the grain, but still the right thing to do, nonetheless. Because, let’s face it, as foster/adopt parents, we ARE almost a sub-culture, a counter-culture. It can be hard to share with the world what it is REALLY like. I thank God for you, for the family in the video, and all those who give a home to kids and who encourage others to do the same (without all the glitter and glam that we see so often).

  5. Jason J
    April 23, 2013

    Just recently found your podcast. My wife and I am in the process of completing our classwork and beginning our home study. I am only on episode 35, but have found your podcast to be a valuable resource. Thank you and God bless!

  6. teresa swanson
    August 22, 2014

    That Is Good

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