Tori Hope Petersen, a former foster child who was simply crowned Mrs. Universe 2022, is encouraging others to supply a loving home to children who was raised with out a biological family.
Peterson, who’s now married and a foster mom herself, details her experience growing up in the foster care system in her upcoming memoir,Fostered: One Woman’s Powerful Story of Finding Faith and Family through Foster Care. The book will undoubtedly be released on October 15.
In her memoir, Peterson recounts the challenges she faced during her childhood, including being moved to 12 different foster homes. Hardships aside, the wonder queen were able to turn into a four-time state champion in track and field in senior high school, where she also became the initial female minority student to get the achievement.
Additionally, Peterson was the 50th female athlete in Ohio’s history to win four state titles in a single track meet.
In a recently available interview with The Christian Post, Petersen said that amid her achievements in her youth, she “realized that I wasn’t likely to be considered a statistic and that God did have different things for me personally.”
“I simply wished to keep that promise to God, saying [publicly] that ‘God did this.’ But additionally considering the miracle that it truly was, in what God had done in my own life,” she continued.
She also shared that her track coach “spoke words of life” over her and mentored and trained her. It had been around that point that Peterson started attending church. At that church, she started to feel “anointed” and “appointed.” She began sharing her testimony soon after.
Nowadays, Petersen works together with several ministries and nonprofits as a foster youth consultant to create awareness to foster children. She also regularly travels over the U.S. to talk about her story of growing up as a foster child.
“You can find so many amazing Christian nonprofits that are like, ‘Let’s just inform them concerning the Lord; that will fix them.’ I have no idea if we ought to start there,” Petersen said. “GOD, THE FATHER can perform anything He really wants to. But also, that could make it quite simple for all of us if we just had to inform people about Jesus. Jesus really wants to take action in us, too.”
“He [God] doesn’t just want when folks are like, ‘Oh, we will bring Jesus to the indegent.’ No! The indegent are likely to bring Jesus for you; you just surely got to arrive there,” she contended. “So, I’m just really attempting to be considered a resource to these organizations in order that we don’t do more injury to marginalized communities and that we’re really entering the foster care system, in to the outskirts, and we have been loving them in the manner they interpret love.”
In her upcoming book, Peterson calls on the church showing hospitality to others be it providing a house for foster children or serving people generally.
“We’ve heard in the media, we’ve seen it on Twitter and on Instagram when Roe v. Wade was overturned, some Christians were saying, ‘OK, now we reach work.’ That’s very frustrating if you ask me because we have to have been carrying it out,” Petersen argued. “A law, an insurance plan, shouldn’t impact what we have been called to accomplish as believers so when disciples of Jesus. We have been called to go out the decision whether an insurance plan or whether a law is passed or not.”
“I am sorry to individuals that are hurt by that language of now we’re doing something, and it’s really so true that people must have been doing something all along.”
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