Work hard, pray hard

We are able to walk our Coalition kids through this season of their lives, teaching them that they need to do the best they can (study hard, pay attention in class, complete their homework) and leave the rest in God’s hands. Naturally, we do hope they succeed well academically, but just as they are transferring their anxiety to school work, we pray they are able to transfer the advice we give them regarding academics- into their real world, tough situations. “Even if we do all the ‘right’ things, sometimes things can and will go wrong…pray.” I have focused this past month on teaching the students that we oftentimes have choices that we can make in a situation that can make things better or worse for us. However, sometimes even if we do all the “right” things, things can and will go wrong. It breaks my heart to know that everyday students are faced with home lives and circumstances that no child should ever have to deal with. On the other hand, I am grateful that God has allowed Coalition For Kids to thrive and grow, so that a child can hear words of peace and comfort, and know that when life is hard, God has promised that he will be there to help us through. ~Sarah...

When you see a need…

One day a young boy about 9 years old came into our building. He just went into Ms. Jean’s class sat down and began working on his homework. I went and introduced myself and asked his name. His name was Tyler and was in the 4th grade. He explained the kids in the neighborhood told him about Coalition and we would help him with his homework, so he had his packet and was ready to begin. Do you know how many backpacks we go through for kids that ‘HAVE NO HOMEWORK” (ha-ha!). He also explained he has dyslexia and needs someone to read aloud with him. My heart immediately went out to this child. With only very few weeks before our program ended I explained he still could come as” our guest” when he needed help with his homework. Needless to say, he has come every day since. ~Trena H., Site Director...

Will it matter in 10 years?

My team and I have been placed with these precious lives to help them while it matters. We have been placed with the kids to give them a safe environment to keep trying their best. In ten or more years, it WILL matter that Mr. James went over the math problem until Jose got it right, and could understand how to re do the problem on his own. In ten or more years, it WILL matter that Ms. Allison sat with Alyssa every day, and listened to her read and re-read the only book she showed interest in, even though it was too difficult; she read with her until she could read it on her own. In ten or more years,it WILL matter that Ms. Jean sat with all of the children and shared her faith and how real God is to her. It WILL matter that she gave the kids opportunities to learn scriptures to store in their hearts. These are the moments that will matter, not a letter on the report card. I know by putting our all into what we do every day, we will change lives for the Glory of the Kingdom. These kids will remember these special moments as they grow and see more of the world. They will remember how they felt, how they were safe and loved, and how we share God’s love in everything we do.  ~Lessa Wilson, Site Director James 3:18– “And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make...