When I look at the kids and youth in our programs, its clear that they enjoy being together. Albeit, certain kids and youth get along better than others and yes, there are fights and petty resentments, but at the end of the day, they all come together to eat and play and talk with one another. The kids are still learning the value of community and friendships, but on some level, they understand that they wouldn’t be having half as much fun in programs without each other.
God created us to be relational beings. He gives us our friends, family, and community because we need one another in our lives. There is deep value in growing and learning together. When I see our kids laugh or fight, I hope they would come to realize that their relationships with one another are actually quite precious—and through this, they would learn to be thankful for one another.
As an Outreach Worker, I am grateful not to be working alone, but alongside Elaine to minister to the kids and families in the community. This would not be easy on my own. As the staff at Flemingdon Park, both of us are incredibly thankful for our partner churches, volunteers, and supporters who work with us to serve this community. We recently had a community Christmas dinner that would not have been possible without our partners. Their generosity and support has been (and continues to be) a blessing and encouragement. Not only is it an encouragement, but such collaborations make our ministry so much more effective. I am reminded that this work cannot be done alone and I am grateful for all those who are partnering alongside us to serve the families and youth of Flemingdon Park.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10