January 30, 2020
1. Let them be a part of the stages of life.
We want to enforce respecting life from conception to natural death. Local nursing homes and elder care facilities are often willing to have volunteers come and sit with the sick, lonely and dying. For our children, these experiences have been valuable in teaching them that everyone has a story and a life worth sharing.
When Savannah was 15, we visited a Good Counsel Home in New Jersey where pregnant women learn life skills and break the cycle of homelessness. We spent the afternoon learning about how the women live in community together balancing babies, work and education. We played with the children and laughed with their mothers. There are opportunities to serve at local pregnancy crisis centers and in our communities with those struggling with homelessness, poverty, unemployment and addiction. Aiden spent time with Justice Outreach on an Native American reservation serving those in need by painting, cleaning and chopping firewood. Take your young disciples and volunteer; throughout Vermont you will find shelters, food banks and on-going projects. The work may not sound appealing, but the experience is life changing and life giving.
3. Send them out
Becoming young disciples by following Christ and being His hands makes the world a better place and the journey of life all the more adventurous.