Imagine being 13 years old, hundreds of miles away from home and your mom leaves you stranded at a bus station parking lot.

Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned country music singer & songwriter who shares his remarkable testimony with us.  Jo and Jimmy discuss his life in the foster care system and journey through homelessness; including a book he co-authored, . Listen for an inside look at God’s powerful pursuit of a young man’s heart.

Jimmy details the heartbreaking circumstances surrounding much of his youth and describes the constant chaos in which he lived.

Yet, in the midst of so much pain, came great hope at the age of 16. He was taken in by a 70 year old couple and given a home. It was a flabbergasting experience for Jimmy – one of the first times someone did something for him when he couldn’t give anything in return. He says this kind couple changed every cell of who he is.

He looks back on the story over the years that have passed and says he now considers the tale a gift of experience. It’s uniquely equipped him to be a voice for kids in similar circumstances. These kids desperately need our help.

Highlight: His mission

With just a little bit of love and support, one person can make a difference in these young people’s lives. There are 500,000 kids in foster care in America, but don’t let the sheer gravity of the statistic allow you to lose hope. Christians can make a difference.

He takes us behind some of his songs and efforts including “Paper Angels” and “I Love You This Much”. The latter was born out of his relationship with his father. That father son relationship can be a huge influence on how we view our Heavenly Father.

Journey through abandonment

2 Responses to "Journey through abandonment"

  • Pamela Clemens says:

    I live in a very small town of only 200. My husband and I have 5 grown children and 2 grandchildren with one more debuting in June:)
    I just threw a prayer out to God this past week asking him to lead me to where I need to be in my faith walk and after listening to Jimmy Wayne, I feel pulled to do something.
    What’s the first step I need to take to make a positive impact on this mission of helping foster children? I’m not sure if I should help with money, open my home, etc. I feel kind of frustrated as I ponder what my calling would be in all of this. What do you suggest?

    1. Lisa Seekins says:

      You could check out Safe Families for Children which is a national movement of Biblical hospitality and compassion where people can help others who are in crisis in their own communities. This movement is supported and grown out of local churches. There are lots of opportunities to help a family in crisis, so that when a child goes back home, it is to a stronger family. You can be the hands and feet of Jesus right in your own community. You could become a certified Safe Families Host Family and host children in your home, you could be a family friend, you could donate things that another family might need. Jimmy Wayne is performing for our Safe Families Benefit on November 15th in the Twin Cities. To learn more, visit our web site at

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