This morning was like any other for my family. We woke up in our warm home, gave our little girl her sippy cup of almond milk and breakfast, dressed her in her comfortable, clean clothes and drove her to enjoy a day of learning at Woolsey Academy for Young Learners. Her shoes fit just right and they make it easy for her explore the playground with still unsteady steps. She had a nice warm bubble bath last night, and is ready to get dirty all over again in the puddles. It's a great new day, and it's our norm. We complain about small inconveniences like having to spend money on an unexpected car repair, or missing out on a listing. It's always important though, to stop and consider how very fortunate we are that those small inconveniences, are just that.... insignificant bumps in the road.
Early last fall the Willard Chapter of Care to Learn visited our monthly Willard Area Chamber of Commerce meeting. I had one of those same normal, but great mornings. The meeting was business as usual, and then the wonderful school social workers, who make Care to Learn a reality in our school district, stood to speak. They explained this cause so near to their hearts, and revealed that there are many students in our schools that hide the fact that their morning wasn't normal, and was far from great. They didn't eat breakfast, and often hadn't had dinner the night before. They didn't wake up in a warm home, and may not have even slept in a bed. They are worried about not having clean clothes to wear, or clothes that fit properly. They are anxious about not having personal hygiene products that help them feel good about themselves and that are necessities. Somehow,with all odds stacked against them, these students find their way to school each morning and set out on journey to learn.
Care to Learn is a program that aims to provide these often taken for granted necessities, to the children and teens that need them. It can be as simple as a warm meal or a new pair of sneakers that fit... hopefully making their day, and the learning process, a little easier!
Since learning about this wonderful cause, Ryan and I have pledged to donate 5% of our commissions on listings in the Willard and Ash Grove School Districts to these chapters. We love our communities and hope we can make some small difference. Please take some time to learn more about this important organization and donate if you can!
Each month we will be highlighting the organizations that our agents and employees support and are wholeheartedly passionate about. Today Kimberly Kuhn shares about the great work happening at Freeway Ministries in Springfield, MO.
Kimberly Kuhn is a REALTOR® at Coming Home Real Estate and Willard, Missouri resident. She is a member of Crossway Baptist Church in Springfield and volunteer at Freeway Ministries.
Freeway Ministries is a life-changing gospel centered outreach for all walks of life. Freeway was first started by a few men who had a heart for the homeless, addicts and the forgotten in our society. With an ex-convict and former drug dealer as a preacher, the ministry is designed to reach the unchurched population with the gospel of Christ. Freeway introduces the gospel and a new believer finds freedom from their past and becomes a new creation in Christ. Freeway believes discipleship is the next step to teach new believers how to stay off the streets, out of addiction, and become productive members of society.
Attending and volunteering at Freeway I’ve seen first hand, Christ’s love is inclusive; no one is excluded. I’ve gotten to witness dramatic transformations in people’s lives. Unbelievable stories of where my friends have come from to where they are now, is a testament to the life changing love found only in Christ. Initially, I started attending Freeway to merely support the ministry and those who were pouring their lives into it. I didn’t necessarily know I had a purpose there. As someone who has grown up in church and never dealt with addiction issues, I didn’t feel I needed to be there for myself. However, as I sat at a Freeway service listening to the message, it was brought to my attention that God uses people to show His love. How is that struggling young woman who has grown up in a family of abuse from the ones she is supposed to trust going to understand God’s love? She does not have a clear picture of love, especially not love without conditions. My job is to use my mouth, my heart, my hands, and my feet to let God’s love flow from me.
I John 4:12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
I encourage you to come see what Freeway is all about. Stop by 739 W Talmage Street, Springfield, Mo., on any given Saturday night. There is a clothing bank, a free meal served at 5:30 and the message starts at 6:00. Free childcare is also provided. Visit their site for more information: Freeway-ministries.com