Shannon Vander Ark

Public Speaker - Olive Crest-Fostering Together

I am a former foster child who was placed in care at 7 & aged out of the system at 18. I was never allowed to be legally adopted by the last family who took me in at 10 because my birth parents rights were never terminated. I spend most of my life trying to hide the fact of where I came from. After being introduced to the Gospel through a Christian Family I accepted the Lord into my life at 13. There were no overnight transformations but slowly over time the fruits of the Spirit began to fill my life & the Lord began to heal my heart. 2 Corinthians 5:17 say’s anyone who is in Christ in a new creation. I was able to find a new identity one rooted in love to help me overcome my past.

I have spent the past 4 years volunteering for Olive Crest, traveling around WA State sharing my testimony in the faith community to recruit foster families. It is my passion & feel extremely blessed to be able to use my past to participate in His kingdom plan, helping families & saving children one family at a time. Since I first started speaking the Lord has opened many doors, and have had the opportunity to speak at a maximum security women’s prison as well as join the team for Focus On The Family and speak in different states for the Wait No More Conference.

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Speaking Themes

My passion is to engage the church & us as believers that the time to respond to the call to foster/adopt is now. To share about the healing & redeeming power that Christ can have in a child’s life. With Him and the support of a loving family, it is possible to break the cycle of sometimes generational abuse. I also hope to offer encouragement to families as well as foster teens traveling on this journey through workshops & trainings.

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