I think one of the most popular questions people have for us when they hear about our ministry is "What about your children?" The follow-up questions include: "What about their safety?" "Where will they go to school?" "What about the peer influences that will bombard your kids as they grow up?" Believe me, Bryan and I think about these things all the time!
A simple answer that is SO profound is that God the Father did the unimaginable and sent His ONLY SON so that we may live eternally with Him. I have put so much hope in the fact that the Eternal God knows what I am going thru!
As I was having my time with the Lord this morning, I was so encouraged by the story of Abraham and Issac. It's another example of a parent who is asked to sacrifice his son. Now, by no means do I feel the need to "sacrifice" my sons on the altar- but I do believe that when the Lord called BK and I into ministry - He called our whole family, sons included. I believe that my sons will actually reap great benefits as they live with us as we do ministry and actively process with them the things they see and experience.
My favorite verse from the passage is Gen.22:12. The angel of the Lord tells Abraham to lay down his knife, "for I now know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld even your beloved son from me. (v 16) Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your beloved son, I swear by my own self that I will bless you richly." I know that the Lord cares about Bryce, Ethan and Levi and that as I obey Him, even they will reap the benefits. His promises of protection, refuge, growth in righteousness, and blessing apply to my children and yours as they learn to seek the Lord - no matter what neighborhood they live in!