by Molly Dillon / Keizer Campus Principal
The strong community of believers in the book of Acts witnessed signs and miracles, for “All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had.” Acts 4:32 (NLT). The Bible goes on to further highlight their unique heart for discipleship, fellowship, prayer, and “giving to anyone who had need”. Daily, I thank God for allowing me to be a part of what He is doing in and through Crosshill, for we are also a unique and strong community of believers, blessed and broken, with unity of purpose, and divine connections.
If we seek wisdom and ask God to open our hearts and eyes to His “divine connections”, He will reveal the good works he has prepared and equipped us for! I have been prompted to pray about how to respond to a particular connection God has been highlighting in our community. As I began to talk about it with others, I discovered several who have also been praying into what God has been up to in this area (goosebumps!). We are confident that God is calling our community into action in support of the foster care system. You see, we not only have a growing number of foster care families among us, but also case workers, respite care families, and dozens of students and parents connected to Royal Family Kids Camp, a summer camp ministering to foster kids and families.
Every day there are over 400,000 children in need of a safe place to live, and not enough foster homes to place them. Nationwide, half of all foster families quit within one year. There aren’t enough resources to support caseworkers who are already stretched thin. But we serve the God of more than enough, and although we may not be called to foster parenthood, we are part of God’s provision for foster families within our community and the children they are pouring into (this is the part where YOU get goosebumps).
God blesses and equips us with gifts, talents, and resources to support and serve one another. He expects us to love, to be generous, to encourage, and model these virtues to our children. Through this community He has placed us in, He has spoken over us incredible blessing and opportunity, so that we may step into His redemptive work. It all begins with prayer and action, then, like the church in Acts, we too will witness signs and miracles. As God’s plan continues to unfold, opportunities to partner with foster families and ministries within our community will be shared on Sycamore, school Facebook pages, as well as in future Eagle Eye emails.
He is faithful to make what seems impossible, possible!
– Molly Dillon / Keizer Campus Principal