We take Ali to our (former) neighborhood school twice a week for speech and language. We have been very impressed with all of the people who have worked with us in our public school district.
At our particular school, approximately 86% of the students are on free or reduced lunch, which usually means those students also eat breakfast at school. This year, Ali goes to school at the very beginning of school, so the students have time to eat their breakfast and then go to class. A little girl comes and talks to me every time I am there waiting for Ali to be done with speech. Her name is Tori. She and I met last year; she noticed our family make-up and asked if I adopted Ava. I said yes, and then she told me she hopes to be adopted soon, too. She’s a foster kid. Her mom’s in prison. She doesn’t know her dad. Last year she was in second grade. She’s in second grade this year, too. “Statistics” don’t look too good for Tori. She needs people who are “sent” to her school, to her neighborhood, to her.
We are all called to be living as those “sent.” As we get ready to leave for Mexico, there are so many people praying for us, but I want you to know that we are praying for you, because you all are “sent” too! Our King and Savior told us, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt 5:16) We can’t hide it, ya’ll. We’ve got to let it shine, everywhere we go. Kids like Tori need us, need you, need Jesus in us! We love what so many of you are doing…cleaning pregnancy centers, leading worship, working in the foster care system, counseling kids at risk, rocking it out as teachers, hosting art classes for neighborhood kids, being volunteer mentors and tutors, praying before you treat a patient that you could not only heal a wound, but speak into the heart…the list could go on and on…I guess if anything, we would say, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Gal 6:9)
Don’t give up. We have a party waiting for us in heaven. And the deepest friendship we could possibly have with one another is a friendship that is based not on physical proximity and playing fun games together and going out for coffee (although we are going to MISS that, MISS you), but a friendship that is based on serving our God, worshiping Him as His people, and actively seeking and living our lives on behalf of those who have not yet come to the banqueting table of our King. We need to go out and seek, go out and serve, go out and feed, go out and heal…all so that our Heavenly Father can be glorified as He calls people to Himself. Don’t give up. Don’t hide. Don’t forget.
We’re praying for you. Pray for us.