Today.

I’ve decided that I am going to post something every day. For the next week, maybe month perhaps, I don’t know. But I figured if I write it down, make it public, then maybe one of you out there can hold me accountable to it.

Thoughts I’d like to share today? I came across this great new blog (I think it could be what inspired me to start blog again!) and I wanted to share something with you. Side note: I’m not ready to share the actual blog… I don’t want to divulge my sources just yet.

This blogger was interviewing a woman, Nicole, who works for an organization that helps christians get plugged in to helping public education reform. And there was a lot being said of how too often we as Christians get caught up in the “issues” and this one specifically about how we’ll point the finger about how a public school isn’t doing x,  is teaching evolution, or we don’t like them because we can’t pray there anymore, etc. (I know this is a huge topic, schools, but that isn’t really my point.) Stick with me…

Nicole’s  job and goal is to help churches partner with local schools for better school achievement and equality and when asked what was a good example of this being done, she said this, “One of my favorite stories is a church in Southern California whose pastor became burdened with educational inequity. He and his staff did a little internet research to identify the lowest-performing public school closest to their church. The pastor reached out to the principal and requested a meeting. In that initial meeting the church leadership simply said, “We are from a church about fifteen minutes from here, and we see that some of your students are struggling. How can we help?” The principal was taken aback, but mentioned that the school needed new computers so they could provide more robust instruction for students who were lagging behind. The pastor went back to his large congregation and raised an offering of about $50,000 for the school. Not surprisingly, the principal was blown away—and incredibly grateful. That, as they say, was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. The church held appreciation dinners for the teachers, and they began tutoring students and truly getting involved in the life of the school. Through their actions, this church demonstrated God’s love for the students, their families, and the teachers. And, in the midst of that, the students received additional support to improve their academic achievement.”

Being from Southern California and all, deep down in my heart, I was hoping maybe that is our home church she is talking about. I don’t know, and don’t really have a good way of knowing. But the biggest thing that caught my attention, was how this church went about partnering. They stepped in and asked, “We live close by, can see you struggling, and how can we help”.

So simple.

Why do we make it so complicated? And why, so often, do we “help” with things that perhaps don’t really need helping?  I wondered to myself, when is the last time I have seen someone struggling and ever so sweetly and politely asked the same question. I’m afraid it’s been a little while. I’m not going to be able to help a whole school, but what about my neighbor? Or another mom I know who is trying to accomplish some task and could use a hand? I bet we help out others, but how often is it after we have asked them what exactly would they like help with?

My point? I found myself inspired. Just when I feel like I need a little encouragement and inspiration. To go out and help someone-but not how I think they help but rather asking what they would like a helping hand with. What a concept.

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3 thoughts on “Today.

  1. hi Jessica
    I met Brandon in Haiti back last fall. just before he left back for you in San diego. I have been started to get involved with kids alive. I would love to ask you some questions sometime if I could .
    Dennis
    live loud

  2. Jessica, I am part of one of the churches at came to Haiti a year ago exactly. I would like to let you know that this blog post really says something. I thoughts I let you know other churches have similar attitudes in my area but somehow we managed to look past them. I am very encouraged and happy to say about 30 churches in my town came together at a school in July and hosted Convoy of Hope at one of our public schools in our poorest neighborhood. We had Food, Shoes, served free lunch, free haircuts, a fun kid area with bounce houses and a prayer tent (yes a public school let us do that on the property), also we had a huge medical staff there giving, examinations form regular family Doctors to dentists, chiropractors and others. It was a city wide contribution and the best part is all denominations got together and helped a “circular” school who had families in need. The principle was in tears at the huge even. I think as Christians we need to think less about our “rights” and more about his love. We can do more than just be “allowed to pray” in school. Praying is important but we sure can do that across the street from the building and pray for them and help them. Remember Jesus hung out with the sinners every day. Praying is an open communication with the Lord anyhow. It isn’t just about bending on your knees. It isn’t like you can’t talk to him anytime you want. Who can really stop you from praying?

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