After moving to New Orleans and beginning to settle into a church that they loved, Frank and Paula Pruden couldn’t ignore that God was leading them to another local church. Although it’s clear now, at the time they didn’t understand why.
Just a short time after they began attending their new church, Frank and Paula met Ariel. Paula, her Sunday School teacher, felt an immediate connection with Ariel and a few weeks later learned that she was in foster care. As the family – Paula, Frank, and their two boys – interacted with Ariel, they sensed God was doing something. Although adoption was on their hearts, they’d never before considered foster care. Again, they took a step of obedience and started the process to become certified foster parents.
After completing the foster care certification training classes, the Prudens learned that the foster family who had cared for Ariel for over a year was moving – she needed a new foster family. Ariel transitioned to their care just in time to spend Christmas with her new foster family. Although Ariel probably didn’t realize it at the time, the Prudens had already fallen in love with her and were ready to be her forever family.
On August 11, 2014 Ariel officially joined her forever family and became a Pruden! As we celebrate God’s work in the lives of the Prudens we’re reminded that he “sets the lonely in families.” And, if there ever was a reminder to be obedient to God, even when we don’t know why – this is it!
Our prayer is that Christian families across the city would respond to God’s call on their lives and would act on behalf of children in foster care.