"God commands us to take care of the orphans" says Baptist Bishop W.C. Martin, and local parishes responded.
More than 20 years ago, Baptist Bishop W.C. Martin and his wife Donna, from Possum Trot, Texas, decided to offer a home to four foster children who would not only change their lives forever, but the lives of many others in the foster care system.
As one of 18 siblings, Donna recognized the “sacrificial love” her own beloved mother had shown her family throughout her life. This motherly love spurred Donna on when God called to her saying: “Think about all those children out there who do not have what you had in a mother. I want you to give back to them. Foster and adopt,” the bishop’s wife shared with Charisma Magazine.
After a bit of encouragement, Donna persuaded her husband that they needed to respond to God’s calling. It wasn’t an easy process. Bishop Martin, who leads a congregation of 200, explained in his book Small Town, Big Miracle that he had many doubts, naturally questioning his ability to suddenly become a father. Yet, these doubts were quickly swept away when the couple welcomed Mercedes, aged five, and her brother Tyler, aged two, who greeted his new father with a “Hey, daddy!”