Written by Doug Wagner | Executive Director
A young, single mother named Sophia leaves her interview, a smile slowly creeping across her face. For years she’s been trying to get off assistance--now she’d finally landed a job. It only pays minimum-wage, but it still feels good to be taking charge of her life. Sophia’s happiness is fleeting, however, displaced by gnawing worry about her babies. One of the few advantages of being on assistance was being able to meet the school bus when it dropped off her 6 year-old son and 7 year-old daughter at her apartment complex to keep an eye on them till dinner time. Now, she slowly reviewed potential dangers in her mind. Sophia had no family nearby, and daycare was expensive, so her options were limited. “Wait a minute,” she thought, “What about Fellowship House? I’ve heard their after-school program is safe and fun and they help children with their homework. Plus it’s a Christian ministry, so my kids will learn godly behavior. I wonder if they have any openings?”
DeSean hates school. His mother, Tonya, is at her wits end trying to keep him engaged. DeSean hasn’t been diagnosed with a learning disability, but he needs more help than he’s receiving at school. Tonya knows if things don’t improve soon, he will be too far behind to ever catch up. DeSean and Micah are best friends. Micah was 2 grades behind in school, when he began receiving individual help with his reading in the Fellowship House after-school program that both boys attend. For the first time in his life, Micah learned to enjoy reading, and his improved reading skills helped him succeed in all his subjects. Tonya makes up her mind to inquire tomorrow about reading help for DeSean.
Those are just two stories (there are many others) where the ending is entirely up to you and me. With adequate funding, the children’s program will be sufficiently staffed to be able to accept Sophia’s first- and second-grade children. With adequate funding, resources will be available to help DeSean with his reading.
What will you do?
In this Christmas season, we are mindful that the Lord of the universe has trusted the care of His creation to us. We get to welcome strangers, restore hope, share the good news of God’s love and transform people lives in the name of our Savior.
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!
1 Jn 3:1 NLT