For as long as I can remember, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I knew that my calling was to work with kids and teach them. But then, a few years back, I had a dream. A moment when God showed me something that has been with me since. My new dream….a reality I hope in the near future.
For three years I had coordinated Back to School School Supplies for a church I attended. We gathered donations from companies, made bags and delivered them to low income schools in the neighborhood. I will never forget the last year when I received a letter from one of the kids who got the supplies, thanking us and telling us how much it meant to him and his family. That touched me in a deep way….one that God used in this dream.
Now, 6 years later, I sat in a Bible Study that asked us to dream. As I sat and prayed about that weeks topic, the following is what I saw:
A two story warehouse, with my logo on the front. There is a receptionist area with a workspace and chairs. To one side is a room for homework club in afternoons and tutoring. To the other side are stairs leading up to a game room for kids to play in. Behind the receptionist area is an open warehouse lined with supplies. School supplies for students of all ages: pencils, glue, paper, backpacks, sharpeners, rules, scissors,etc. You name it, it’s there among the boxes.
This dream was so real. I could feel the excitement in the building as kids worked and played. I was very startled by it and scared. As I have processed through it over the years, I have come to a point of embracing it.
I want to find a way to share my vision, create a Board of Directors, and seek funding to get things going. We have so many families that need help in more ways than just giving them supplies one day a year. School goes for a 180 days and supplies run out…I want to make that difference and be there for these kids all 180 days of the year!
Would you join me? How can you help to see this dream become reality?