“I have found there are three great stages in every work of God; first it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.”
Pray … and Wait in FAITH
Every great work of God is brought forth by the cry of the oppressed. God gives a saint’s ear to hear the cry and a vision to remedy the sorrow. But though the vision is present, the means are not nearly as clear. Faith stories must start in the heart. God does not move His people by intellect but rather, by passion.
My wife and I have been intimately involved with the foster care system for many years—myself as a former foster child, and both of us as parents of foster children. During our last 14 years of marriage, we have adopted 2 of our 5 children out of foster care. Our hearts are forever knitted with the vision of Royal Family KIDS Camp, but at our core we felt God wanted us to do more.
While living in Hastings, NE we walked through the park near our house every night and noticed a woman wandering around late at night. My wife entered the bathroom in late October to discover the woman’s sleeping bag and backpacks lying on the floor. Although the woman’s makeshift home had become an 8×8 concrete cell sheltering her from the oncoming Nebraska winters, it did not provide defense for the sorrow of losing her children to foster care. We began to stop by nightly bringing her food, reading scripture with her, and praying. As we finished our study, we would stroll by an empty building and with that, God planted His seed … and impossible vision. “Why don’t you take this building and house families” was what we felt God was telling us. So we prayed and we walked around the building nightly and prayed, and prayed, and prayed.
Years passed with the vision hidden deep in our hearts when we received a call that the building management had changed hands. The new owners heard we might be interested in the building (how we are still unsure). We proceeded to walk this road with God unsure of where it would lead. We met with the group who owned the building and we presented our vision—which wasn’t much. Then they asked us about money, which was even less. Through that, we received a five year lease for ‘zero’ dollars per month.
We have watched God turn families from years of drug addiction and fear as their children are nearing foster care, to victory in Christ Jesus. Families are now developing relationships with Christ and with each other. We have been featured nationally on KLove twice, and have people interested in starting Miriam’s Hope in California. We have a crazy idea that the Body of Christ should be healing our families, not the state. We have this crazy idea that God doesn’t hear our prayers but rather He hears our desperate prayers, and we pray desperately. We boast in nothing but God for “He shall trod down our enemies.”
As God is writing this big miracle, many little miracles have transpired to take us this far. We don’t always know where we are going, but we know who we are going with!
Luke and Corina Kliewer, Founders and Directors of Miriam’s Hope
The couple also directs the RFK camp in Hastings, NE