Annie and her husband Waylon have opened their home to countless kids through foster care over the years, and eight, EIGHT, ended up becoming Martins forever. That's a lot of kids and a lot of individual strengths and weaknesses to care for. I honestly don't know how they do it with such grace and wisdom, but that's mainly why I just had to have Annie on the podcast.
Through all of their own stresses with 8 kids from hard places to minister to, the Martins still manage to make it their life mission to minister to other families in the trenches. This of course includes my own. I don't know where we would be without the Martins, seriously. Annie is always ready to lend an ear to any mama in distress, and she even gives out her personal phone number at the end of the episode so that anyone can have access to her grace and wisdom. She would be quick to tell you that this wisdom is not by her own doing, but only through God. I loved getting to talk to her about prayer and constant communication with Jesus and what keeps her going through the hard stuff we all know too well.
I hope you gain as much from her as I do on an almost daily basis!
- Grace Haven Ministries offers support and services for adoptive families in the trenches. I can say this from personal experience. We were at the end of our rope with this business and Grace Haven's director of counseling services was at our house within an hour... FO FREE. She talked us off the ledge and provided us with some great resources for moving forward. Seriously, reach out to them with your concerns and struggles TODAY. Visit their website here and their Facebook page here.
- The CALL trains, equips, and supports foster and adoptive families. You heard from the director in NWA, Ann in the first episode of this podcast. They are great and you should check them out. They have no-commitment info-meeting regularly if you just want to gather more information about adopting from the foster care system, and they provide the complete training you need to become an open home. Check out their website here and their Facebook page here.
- Project Zero puts the real live faces of children who are available for adoption in front of the families looking to provide forever homes for them. They travel around the state promoting their dream of having Zero waiting children in Arkansas. You can check out their website here and their Facebook here.