Kingdom Workers

Foster Support Program

. . . is led by an FVL Grad

When she graduated from FVL as a member of the class of 1997, Kara (Gagnow) Witthuhn knew she wanted to work in a field that would enable her to relieve people’s suffering and improve lives.

Embarking on her path to a psychology degree, she stumbled onto the field of social work. An internship opened her eyes to this important and growing need. Ultimately, that experience connected her to the opportunity to provide support and education to hundreds of families in the child protective services system. For her, that spanned the next 19 years.

Kara’s passion was to provide advocacy and compassion to broken families. It became her motivation to create a path to providing Christian support for families in need across the Fox Valley.

In 2014, she began volunteering with the Hope Center in Appleton. This ministry of WELS United is currently based on the campus of St. Matthew-Appleton. The Hope Center is staffed by many dedicated volunteers and funded with donations from area Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod (WELS) churches and other community partnerships. Currently, the center provides physical and spiritual support to 80+ local families every month.

Kara was introduced to the Kingdom Workers Foster Support Program in a meeting at the Hope Center. That was in 2019. She says “I immediately knew God was calling me!” For her, it was another opportunity to minister to those who so desperately needed the unconditional love of Jesus.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go with us?” And I said, “Here I am, send me.”


That meeting led to her joining the Kingdom Workers team as their Foster Support Coordinator in January 2020. In this new role, she feels blessed to work in partnership with other dedicated believers. The task is to strengthen foster families in communities not just here in the Valley, but throughout the United States.

Kara points out that foster families have a challenging role to fill. “Foster parents really benefit from this support so they can focus on what’s most important—being the best possible parents to hurting kids.”

As part of Kingdom Workers, she helps mobilize teams of Christians to assist foster families in providing stable, nurturing homes to children in need.

She emphasizes that while this may sound difficult, it can be as easy as offering homemade meals, cutting lawn, shoveling snow, or sending an encouraging note. Little efforts like these can make big differences.

Not all God’s people are called to be foster parents. Providing the physical, emotional, and spiritual support needed to care for little hearts is so important and shapes the future of countless lives.

—Kara Witthuhn Class of 1997

You can help!

Anyone interested in learning more about the Kingdom Workers Foster Support Program can contact Kara to learn more about taking the first steps. May the Holy Spirit lead you to discover where your gift is needed!

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Kara is pictured with her husband Cliff, and children (left to right) Evan, Joel, and Lydia.

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