A ministry of selfless love: Danville couple marks two decades of foster parenting


This year, Dave and Polly Evans mark 20 years of foster parenting damaged children who found love and caring support from a selfless couple committed to helping as many young people as they can.

“You might not be able to save all of the children, but you can always help one at a time,” Polly said, paraphrasing a story that Dave, who’s a pastor, likes to share with his congregation at Salt River Baptist Church in Danville.

The Evanses first reached out to abandoned children in 1997 after a Sunrise representative spoke at their church. “We listened, prayed about it, and thought it was a good ministry,” Polly said.

Two decades later, they still get calls from former foster children seeking the wisdom and guidance that meant so much when they were frightened and without hope. One young woman, who now has a family of her own, takes it upon herself to tell the children who come to live with the Evanses to listen and trust them, as she did.

Polly said it’s all about building trust and convincing kids that they won’t be abandoned, or treated badly.

“Actions speak louder than words,” she said. “They’re just watching to see what you do. Little things like letting them have a snack before bedtime really mean a lot. We just try to make them feel like part of the family.”


Written by Chris Jones, Sunrise Associate Director of Communications.

Jake Pelfrey