Nate and Kalie Cashdan are the founders and serve as the President and Vice President of Fervent Embrace Ministries. They have 3 children (Zeb, Zoe, Zeke) and have cared for several foster children since 2010. Originally from California, they moved to Texas in 2014 to plant a church. About a year later, the Lord gave them the vision and direction for a ministry that would mobilize and help the Body of Christ to care for the orphans - something very close to their hearts. Out of that call and vision came Fervent Embrace Ministries. Nate and Kalie love Jesus and they love His bride, the Church. They want to see the Church take back the role that Child Protective Services currently has in caring for orphans. Their mission is to mobilize followers of Jesus to carry out the command to care for the orphan, under the current government and private systems, through foster care and adoption. Nate currently serves as the Associate Pastor at River in the Hills Church in Austin, TX.
Why 'Fervent Embrace'?
The short answer to this question is; 'that's the name the Lord gave us when we asked what to call the ministry'. The detailed answer has to do with the meaning behind the words. 'Fervent': having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, having or showing great emotion or zeal, intense and passionate feeling, to be extremely devoted or to have intense affection. We say that this meaning is two-fold in our name. First, it describes our relationship to Father God. He has adopted us (Ephesians 1:5) and has an intense, warm and passionate 'Embrace' on us as sons and daughters. Second, it describes the relationship we need to have with the orphans we are caring for. Most come from an unstable, unloving and dangerous family life. These children need a stable, loving home - a place where they know they are safe and cared for. Most importantly these children need a place where they can experience the love and presence of Jesus and know first-hand of the 'fervent embrace' that HE has on them. By responding to James 1:27 and caring for the orphans, we are demonstrating the 'fervent embrace' that the Father has on us while we also pass on that love to the children.
The time that these children spend in your home could be the only time in their lives that they feel loved, cared for, listened to and respected - whether it is short-term, long-term or permenant, foster care or adoption. It could be the only exposure they ever get to Jesus. We may never know this side of Heaven what the Father does within their hearts and minds while in your care, even if it is for a short time. The exposure to Jesus and the Gospel in your home could be what leads them to salvation! What better reward is there than that?
We minister in the reality of being fervently embraced by our Father. We believe He chose this name for us because of the passionate and intense feelings he has toward each of us as sons and daughters. He wants us to have those same feelings for our sons and daughters, both the natural and the supernatural ones.