LAKELAND (FBCH)—Ted and Kelly Treesh experienced a revelation after hearing a speaker from Florida Baptist Children’s Homes share alarmingfoster care statistics and heartbreaking stories of hurting children.
The speaker appealed to members of McGregor Baptist Church congregation to reach out a helping hand to these children by becoming foster parents.
The Treesh family was immediately ready to sign up. Ted Treesh, however, had some initial reluctance. Through discussion and prayer, God eased his hesitations and in faith, the family responded to the call of foster parenting. Ted and Kelly Treesh, along with their five biological children, made the commitment to open their hearts to the children God would bring to their home.
There have been some adjustments and sacrifices for them as a family. “At times our children have welcomed a foster child to share their room so everyone has a place,” said Kelly Treesh.
The Treesh family has a deep love for the children they serve and they treat them as their own, no matter how short or long they stay. “Giving my heart to these children means there are often tearful goodbyes. When one of our children leaves, my youngest daughter sits on the stairs and cries with me,” Kelly said.
Ava* is one of the most recent children that the Treesh family welcomed into their home. They provided a loving and stable home for her and even attended her biological mother’s court appearance.
As the judge reviewed her case, he asked the struggling mother if she had anyone to help her. Looking around the room, the mother said quietly, “Kelly and Ted Treesh.”
Ava’s mother understood the important role the Treeshes played in caring for both her and her daughter. With goals of healing and reconciliation for all, the Treesh family continued to minister to Ava until she was reunited with her mother.
“We love Ava and we also love her mother. Our prayer for them was that they both would feel loved and supported as God moved in this situation to bring healing and restoration to this precious family,” Kelly said. “Thankfully, Ava is reunited with her mother. We continue to pray for them both every day.”
The Treesh family find themselves surrounded by a wide network of support. They are able to contact dedicated staff members at FBCH with questions and concerns. No matter what time of day or how big or small their need might be, the FBCH staff is available to them.
The Treeshes also attend monthly support meetings where other foster families offer words of encouragement for difficult days. In addition, area churches help foster parents with needs that arise by providing supplies, in-kind donations, gift cards, and diapers such as those received during the annual FBCH sponsored diaper drive.
The family has been moved by the support from FBCH staff, their church family, and friends.
“Foster parenting with Florida Baptist Children’s Homes is an amazing blessing. We would not do this with any other agency,” said Kelly.
FBCH’s goal is that every foster child will have a loving Christian home. They hope that others will consider joining the Treesh family by starting a movement where every church will commit to help one foster child.
For more information on becoming a foster parent or supporting a foster family, please visit FBCHomes.org or contact Florida Baptist Children’s Homes headquarters by calling 863-687-8811 or by emailing children@FBCHomes.org.
*Name has been changed for confidentiality.
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