12,000 children are in foster care in North Carolina.
I don't know about you, but numbers like that make me feel powerless. It is overwhelming to think of the ocean of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs that 12,000 children who have suffered enough trauma that they have been placed into foster care would have. What in the world can we do to help?
This week a group of ladies from Harrisburg UMC took a day trip up to the Winston Salem campus of Crossnore School and Children's Home . With campus' in Crossnore,NC and Winston Salem, the mission of Crossnore School & Children’s Home is to grow healthy futures for children and families by providing a Christian sanctuary of hope and healing. Crossnore offers a holistic model of care that nurtures children in mind, body and spirit. Every child has a large support team that includes house parents, a social worker, therapist, case manager, and guardian ad litem to that work together for the vers best outcome for each child. As I listened to our host share about the mission and work of Crossnore, what moved me most was the committment to relationship buliding as the foundation of their work to help children in need. Children at Crossnore live in homes with 9 other children with house parents who work 7 days on and 7 days off to provide more stablity and consistency. I think about how important stability at home was for me and is for my own children and the effort it takes to earn and keep trust in a family and I know the Crossnore's model is a powerful one. We were created by God for relationships and it is within healthy relatiohships (with God, with ourselves, and with others) that we thrive and grow as God intended. The 130 children at both campus' of Crossnore today represent just 1% of the children foster care in NC, but that 1% is recieving the very best care based in relationships that will, we pray, change their lives and in turn the world they live in. We can be part of that ministry with our prayers and our material support; it may not seem like much, but every 1% counts. What power there is relationships where we grow together in faith, love and service that honors the call of Jesus!
Pastor Toni Ruth