At TVBC, we try to teach our students to think about the needs of others and how they can be the hands and feet of Jesus by providing for those needs. To teach them this we try to show them needs that may not be right in front of their faces and provide meaningful opportunities for them to practice intentional giving. We hope, through the month of July, to provide for one such need.
Everyday children are removed from their homes and placed in the foster care system. Most times this happens suddenly and without time to carefully pack belongings. Children are picked up by a social worker and have to put their clothes and precious belongings in a garbage bag because there is not suitcase or duffle bag for them to take. Many times these kids move from home to home with nothing but a garbage bag full of stuff. (While working in group homes I saw this happen and know it to be absolutely true.) Can you imagine packing your belongings in a garbage bag? Or walking into a new home full of new faces carrying all you have in a garbage bag? It seems like a small thing but we pray that by providing a respectable suitcase or bag for these children it will provide a little more comfort in a traumatic time and give a little hope in what may seem like a hopeless situation.
Altar84 is an orphan care ministry that seeks to minister to vulnerable children everywhere. One of the many things they do is partner with churches to provide suitcases and duffle bags for social workers to take as they pick up children who are faced with packing their belongings and leaving the home they know.
Through the month of July we hope to provide as many suitcases as possible. We’re asking our students, parents, and the whole church to donate new or gently used suitcases or duffle bags to meet this important need. You can bring them to the church anytime and put them in the student room.