I was recently listening to Andy Stanley share about what it takes I was recently listening to Andy Stanley share about what it takes to “raise a child who is emotionally equipped to engage in long-term relationships after adolescence.” The list was daunting: respect, encouragement, comfort, security, support, acceptance, approval, appreciation, attention, and affection. And each item needs to be rendered in huge doses, repeated constantly, and administered over the course of many years.
Sounds reasonable, right? That we offer our kids a huge amount of all these things every day. That we never fail, never stray from the path, never have a day where our needs come before others. This is where the power of Jesus’s love, forgiveness, grace, and mercy come in. Where we are weak, He is strong. When and where we fail in our own strength and leadership, only Jesus can really fill in the gaps of our shortcomings.
Over the years inFace the Children we have seen that emotional security and safety is equally important to physical security and safety. If a child doesn’t feel loved and wanted, they will never fully commit their trust to us, or their future to God. Young people commonly view God similar to how they view their earthly fathers. If they do not feel their earthly father listens to them, why would their Heavenly Father? In the best environments this is no easy task; the challenge to encourage and “develop” young ones who have been neglected, abused, or abandoned altogether is even greater. It is a challenging task, but one that we believe is well worth our best efforts.
As you can see by the pictures, we value relationship with the kids. We enjoy taking time for fun days away to strengthen our trust, love, and emotional security with them. This includes almost 40 kids in FTC, college youth, staff and their children, and sometimes other leaders from Frontline. It’s a family; a very big family! And as a sponsor, you are a part of this growing family.
Would you consider helping our family find new members and partners? At www.facethechildren.org you can see that we are still in need of sponsors and partners to join in this mission with us Perhaps you can share the opportunity to be an FTC child sponsor with others?
As always, if you have any questions or comments please email me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, as always, thank you again for your faith in us and your partnership with us.