In Which We Cross Our Fingers

Tomorrow our family will attempt a marathon day as I fly to Colorado in the morning and return late at night while Curtis stays with Riley from about 4:30am to 10:30pm.  Riley is still nursing and his solid food experiences are more about play that becoming full, so we are sort of going in with fingers crossed.

Pray for us.

But the reason I’ll be in Colorado is so exciting to me.  I’m joining a team from Compassion International and the Fuller Youth Institute to start creating a resource that will help families and church engage the issue of children in poverty.

Compassion is a child sponsorship organization that focuses on releasing children from poverty through a holistic, community based approach.  Over 1 million children are supported through their work around the world.

I’m one of the folks from the Fuller Youth Institute side of things, and our research on adolescent faith development, deep justice practices, and cultivating lifelong faith (Sticky Faith) will be part of the project.

In a nutshell, the team will be working to design something that goes into the hands of a family that they will participate in together.  At the end of that journey, they will hopefully feel more educated and empowered to help in the great work of releasing children from poverty.  How cool does that sound?!

I don’t know how much I will really be able to share about specifics along the way; I imagine not much.  But I would love to hear from you!  Have you ever been part of an experience or study that helped you engage with issues of poverty and justice?  What was it?  What’d you like best about it?

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