"The Lord is my strength and my shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me and my heart is filled with Joy." Psalm 28:7
Joy Meadows was born from the passion of families who were serving in foster care and continually felt they could do more, “if only…..” . If only they had more space to take extra children. If only they had more time to get them the help they needed. If only there was a way to keep siblings together. If only they had the resources to find all the services that were out there for these children. If only they weren’t alone and isolated as they tried to love the abused and neglected. If only others around them had any idea what foster care was really like. If only so much time and energy wasn’t wasted driving everywhere all the time. If only there was a way to share joy and community as they fought through the system to pull children out of the cycle of abuse and neglect. If only there was a better way…and God put an idea and dream in their heart of making a better way.
our family story...
Sarah and Justin Oberndorfer are foster parents in the State of Kansas. They have had numerous foster children in their home, along with their four biological children. Through their vocations, (Sarah is an attorney and Justin is a pastor and high school teacher), they saw the trauma that the broken family can have and also the trauma to those who try to help. The Oberndorfers have had long-term foster placements, short-term, emergency custody, and the “one-nights”. They saw sibling groups moved multiple times just because home weren’t available that could keep them all together when they initially came into foster care. They saw children being driven up to five hours each week for a one-hour “sibling visit” in a KVC office and then they were scattered back to homes all over the state. They personally felt the burnout of foster parents from the isolation of working with these kids from hard places. Over a decade ago they had a dream of starting some type of foster care community where foster parents could help each other so they could find joy even in the midst of these heart-breaking stories. After researching such communities across the country and visiting those who were finding success, they decided that God was leading them to create a foster care community in Leavenworth County, Kansas, and the time was now.
Statement of Faith- We believe…
The Bible is inerrant in all things necessary to salvation and is the final authority in faith and practice and contains all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.
One Triune God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, perfect life, redeeming death, and bodily resurrection.
The creation of man in the divine image, man’s subsequent fall through sin, resulting in guilt; and the necessity, therefore, of redemption and restoration.
We believe that the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from sin.
The personality of the Holy Spirit by Whose regenerative work sinful man is born again.
We believe that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and by whose indwelling regenerate man is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.
The spiritual unity of all believers as comprising the Church, which has the duty to preach the Gospel to every creature.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair: Sarah Oberndorfer – attorney/foster parent/pastor’s wife
Vice Chair/Secretary: Rebecca Cornelius – psychologist/foster parent
Treasurer: Shelby McBride – financial accountant
Board Member: Aaron Thacker
Board Member: Michael Strick
Board Member: Krystal Pierce