A different kind of Halliburton StoryRich Stigall
A home is needed for four children. The 14 yr. old is teenage girl who is described as being smart, shy when you first meet her, enjoys spending time with friends, and protective of her younger siblings. The 12 yr. old boy is described as being very well behaved, can entertain himself and is very smart but reserved. He plays basketball in an after school program and enjoys being part of the team. The 9 yr. old girl is described as being a smart, out-spoken young lady with a vibrant personality. She is intelligent and verbalize her thoughts very well. The 5 yr. old girl is described as being energetic, inquisitive, and interested in hair and clothing styles. The siblings are very bonded and want to be placed together. If you have room in your heart and home for these four, please let me know.
What would you do if you got this email?
What if you found out that these kids are your neighbors and all attended schools just a few blocks away?
Last week Melvin and Keisha Halliburton (pictured in front of their home) got this email. They prayed…and heard “Yes.”
Melvin is not an executive with Halliburton; the world’s second- biggest oilfield services company and sixth-largest U.S. military contractor that we read about often in the press. Rather, he serves as the Associate Pastor at World Harvest Ministries in Kansas City, MO, a faithful urban church ministering to God’s people. As a child, Melvin spent time in foster care, so he knows what it feels like to be separated from all that you know. The idea of being able to keep sibling’s together and in their own neighborhood resonates deeply for him.
In this video, he talks about what it felt like to be in foster care here>>
Last year, GO Project invested funds with World Harvest to renovate Melvin and Keisha’s home so they could meet State regulations for foster parenting. Those renovations were completed, and the Halliburtons have been patiently waiting for the State to complete the licensing process.
The paperwork was finalized a couple of weeks ago. Last Monday, the Halliburtons went from being a family of 4 (they have 2 biological children ages 4 and 9) to being a family of 8.
This couple knows better than most that this journey is unpredictable at best, and incredibly painful at worst. Yet, they lean in, knowing they have the support of the World Harvest Family and the assurance of God. He has called them into this and will be with them.
GO Project is privileged to be partnered with this Church Family and it is a blessing to help couples like Melvin and Keisha open their home to vulnerable children in their neighborhood.
Learn more about GO Project’s US Orphan Care ministry here>>