Two weeks ago today I hosted a meeting to introduce a new “caring for children and families in stress” resource to my county: Safe Families for Children.
We started a conversation, encouraging the Church to step into its God-given responsibility:
- love one another
- care for orphans
It’s not an easy conversation – and there are no easy answers – but there is a right answer. Beyond that, I guess we have to learn to trust.
I’ll be a perpetual student…
As I drove to the meeting, I couldn’t help but smile when I saw this up ahead. Of course.
Ever notice how when you’re trying to do what God wants you to, everything tries to slow you down? Oh, you have?
Well, I chose to see those slow-me-downs as confirmation that I was on the right path.
More than two dozen people from various agencies, schools, and churches showed up to hear the presentation by the Safe Families Coordinator for East Tennessee. Naturally, we all have questions about logistics, but there’s little question about the need.
Mere hours after our meeting ended, a local family was evicted from their apartment. Five children went into “the system”
because loving parents hadn’t managed to provide a safe place for them to live. If Safe Families for Children already functioned here, we could have avoided that. The children could have been given a temporary place to stay while Mom and Dad find work and a new place to live. They probably could have all stayed together instead of being split into three homes. The host family could have been there to encourage the parents.
IF… Could have…
FIVE CHILDREN. One example…
Trust me… I know it’s easier to ignore the problem. I’ve done it far too long! I also know it’s easier to think someone else will “step up.” Have they?
As I got back in my car to go home, conversations from the meeting replaying in my mind, Matthew West was singing these words on the radio…
It’s time for us to DO SOMETHING.
Here in small-town Tennessee, we’re continuing the conversation. Will people care enough to open their homes to provide respite for stressed families – children? Will church leadership look beyond their own “programs” and practice biblical hospitality? I don’t know.
I’m praying the answer to both is a resounding YES.
What about you? Why not check out Safe Families for Children – and DO SOMETHING. I’ll be right here to encourage you!