Discipleship: The Heartbeat of Child Homes

I have to confess that, even though I know COTP’s values, I have never really thought about how discipleship worked in our child homes. That is, until it became “my” value, and now it’s been on my mind for weeks. Because, as we define it, discipleship is about “equipping and encouraging individuals to reach their full potential.” And this is the heartbeat of our homes.

I am a house parent because I believe in these little people. I believe that God created each and every one of them with a specific purpose. I believe that he is allowing me to be a part of their journey. I believe that he is using me as an instrument of healing in their lives. And I believe that I am a part of something so much bigger than the Peace House.

See, the point of our child homes isn’t to raise these kids. It’s to give them a safe place, as part of a family, to heal, grow and prepare for what’s next. As a house parent, I am part of the bridge from what was to what will be. I know that these amazing kids have so much potential and my job is to embrace them as they are, love them unconditionally, show them Jesus and prepare them for their forever families. And I know that my kids’ forever families will also embrace them as they are, love them unconditionally, show them Jesus and continue to equip them to reach their full potential as a child of the King.

I cannot wait to see who these kids become!

Carla Lyster,
House Parent in the Peace House

Support the 2019 Spring Campaign!

Believing that a home can change everything for a child, COTP invites you to be part of providing a life-changing model of care for orphaned children in Haiti. The 2019 Spring Campaign is a 7 week, ending on June 14th, drive to raise $50,000 towards child home care on campus. Give today and help Carla and the other house parents provide intentional Christ-centered care as the children enter on their journey towards a forever family!

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