Episode 100 – Doubts, Questions and Hurdles

We recorded our 100th episode in front of an audience at Olive Crest Foster and Adoption Agency. It was such a pleasure to meet and connect with our listeners.

In this episode we tackle some of the toughest doubts and questions thrown at the foster care system. We respond to questions about inept social workers, the rights of birth parents and the limbo that kids are left in as they wait for the courts to decide their futures. We also share some thoughts on risk and what type of person it will take to reform the system.

“To Risk”

by William Arthur Ward

To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

To reach out to another is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.

To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.

To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To live is to risk dying,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.

He may avoid suffering and sorrow,
But he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live.

Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom.

Only a person who risks is free.

The pessimist complains about the wind;

The optimist expects it to change;

And the realist adjusts the sails.

7 responses to “Episode 100 – Doubts, Questions and Hurdles”

  1. Yay! What a great episode!

    I absolutely LOVED hearing the live audience clapping and laughing at the jokes. (That’s something I’ll hear in my head when I listen, so it was cool to hear it for real!) Wish I could have joined you all, but making the trip from PA would have been a little far. 🙂

    Congratulations on 100 incredible episodes! I pray that what D and K said about 100 more will come true! 🙂

  2. What a neat episode! Wish we could’ve been there. How many guests did you have?
    Really enjoyed the poem on risk.
    Great job, guys!
    Shannon in Indiana <

  3. This was one of my favorite episodes ever. I am so glad you decided to take on this topic. I was reminded of this quote from Russell Moore:

    “Yes, orphan care can be risky. Justice for the fatherless will sap far more from us than just the time it takes to advocate. These kids need to be reared, to be taught, to be hugged, to be heard. Children who have been traumatized often need more than we ever expect to give. It is easier to ignore those cries. But love of any kind is risky.

    The Gospel means it’s worth it to love, even to the point of shedding your own blood. After all, that’s what made a family for ex-orphans like us.”

  4. It was an honor to be there for your 100th episode! It was so fun to meet you in person and to see how the podcast is made. Wendy, Tim and everyone from Olive Crest was so warm and friendly. Tim and Wendy, your voices sound EXACTLY the same in person! Thanks for sharing your experience with us, it has made fostering more fun, informative and enjoyable! We appreciate you!

    PS. I re-listened to some of your going to court episodes in preparation for going to court again for our case. Days later when I went to court, I had this huge craving for donuts!

  5. Woo Hoo for 100…..I think you all are doing such an incredible job or speaking truth to your listeners…so many half truths and out right lies exist in the world regarding the children of foster care and orphans in general. You all have incited me to take further action and challenged me to live my life full out according James 1:27…..I am excited for what God has done in the life of my family and what He is yet to do…..

    What no Listener Corner….I wanted the whole audience to sing the jingle along with you…..

    If you guys run out of topics for podcasts let us know….I am sure we could give you some ideas…also always enjoy your interviews with other foster and adoptive parents…..Just saying….

  6. Jana, it was fun to meet you in person as well.

    Brock, there was some joking about having an audience sing-a-long to the theme song. I don’t think any one knows the words though. 😉

    Stay tuned for the “listener corner” section. . . .

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