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Voice for The Forgotten
Serving others in Jesus’ name is our focus at The Forgotten Initiative
Addison sitting on her bed she received from TFI volunteers

Although 2017 is well under way, we want to reflect for just a moment on the incredible ways God worked through His people—people like you—in 2016 to care for those who feel forgotten!

The story* below, from one of our TFI Advocates, shares one way TFI uses your contributions and turns them into blessings:
“Jennifer,” a single mom of three, was struggling to provide for her young children, and her kids were at risk of being taken from her and placed in foster care. They needed help with furnishings—specifically beds for the kids—to stay together.
Our team provided Journey Bags, beds and bedding. While we set up their home, 7-year-old “Addison” followed us everywhere, saying “thank you, thank you…I’ve never had a bed to sleep in before.”
Such a common thing we take for granted! Our “little things” are often big things in the life of a child—especially children in the foster care community. Addison not only received a bed of her own, she received the gift of feeling “normal.”
*Names changed for privacy
The words of Mother Teresa come to mind: “In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love." What’s more, Jesus says that when we do things for others, for the “least of these,” we do them for Him. Serving others in Jesus’ name is our focus at TFI.
Thank you for caring about, supporting and praying for TFI and those we serve. Your role is so very important, especially for “Addison” and others in the foster care community.
As you review the numbers from 2016, keep in mind that each number represents a person or a need that was met—a Jennifer…an Addison…a bed…a Journey Bag.
On behalf of the forgotten,
Jami Kaeb
Executive Director

P.S. Would you consider becoming a monthly donor or giving another gift?  We are more than halfway through our fiscal year—your support will make it possible for TFI to launch more Advocates and serve more foster care communities!
Yes, I'd love to give a gift!
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Bringing Joy & Purpose to the Foster Care Community
A Ministry of Lifesong for Orphans
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