Over the past 20 years of equipping churches to serve the invisible children of America there have been ministries where each visit left me me drained and emotional when I got in the car to drive home.
The Secondary Nurturers were awesome – they have and continue to pour into the lives of the kids everyday. How do they do it? Where do they get the energy, the emotional strength to keep on keeping on? No easy fixes here – change comes but it is slow and requires sacrifice on the part of the Secondary Nurturers.
Josiah is a sixth grader that is mentally challenged. He is so borderline that he will be expected throughout his life to perform normally – so many expectations he can’t meet. When he reads he can’t remember what he has read. His Secondary Nurturer had him stop after each sentence and tell him what he had read. Josiah couldn’t remember. The Secondary Nurturer said suddenly a light went on in Josiah’s eyes and he realized he couldn’t remember – his brain wouldn’t work – he began to cry.
Change for Josiah means adults who are able to pour into his life to teach him how to cope with his disability. His parents are overwhelmed and can’t do it. They are so thankful for the support they are receiving.
There are thousands of Josiah’s across America – how do we provide lasting change for them?
This is KidTrek’s passion – to bring positive, lasting change to the lives of America’s Invisible Children. We want to raise up an army of dedicated Secondary Nurturers who are there to fight for the unique needs of each child.
“So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” (1 Thessalonians 2:8 ESV)