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Learning through Serving

The Farmer Family

Our family came into Safe Families in 2015.  We had just had our 6th child and were looking for an opportunity to serve God’s kingdom as a family.  As a homeschooling family, we spend a lot of time at home constantly teaching, training and instilling God’s truth into our own children.  Safe Families gave us the opportunity to put into practice all that teaching.  What drives us, is serving others no matter how we have to sacrifice. We just do it.  People are God’s precious creation.
Since our family began serving in Safe Families as a host family, we have watched our children blossom into kids that are caring, attentive, and carry no judgment towards those who enter our home. When a child enters our home, they are embraced and included just as if they have always belonged here. They know these kids matter. These kids need love and are so important to God, no matter how short or long their stay. The simple, no-nonsense, uncomplicated faith and love that flow from children is something to embrace.  We, as adults, can certainly learn from them. “When a child enters our home, they are embraced and included just as if they have always belonged here.” Matthew 18:3-6 says, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”
In March of last year, God saw fit to challenge us even further and brought little Elijah into our family. It was through Safe Families that we first met Elijah and his mom. This situation has been challenging, for sure. But, more than that, he has brought our family closer and taught us things we never knew we needed to learn. He has been what we needed to remind us of the importance of depending on God alone and, definitely, the reward of serving “the least of these”.