Our pool pass. Seriously. Every year, as summer comes, I start the guilty feeling of wanting to get a pool pass for the summer. While we do live comfortably and every need is met, $200 is still a lot of money to us. And, of course, my mind lists all the other things, far more important things, that could be done with that amount of money: support a mission trip, help stock the food pantry, feed a starving family for a month. The list could go on. And the guilt just builds.
Then I start thinking of all the reasons that it's OK to spend $200 for our family to enjoy the pool each summer: we survived the school year, I spend 24/7 with my kids so surely I deserve some time where they can play on their own and I can read a book, PE hours. I could go on with that list, too.
Then I have both of these seemingly unending lists and go back and forth and just don't know what I should do. Then I buy the pool pass, despite all the guilt. And while I enjoy each visit, I feel guilty about each one, too, seeing the faces of those I could have chosen to help if I had given up this one luxury.
This year, however, has been different. Something I never expected. As you know, I have been involved in our church's Afterschool Adventures ministry with the children in the apartment complex across the street from the church. It's frustrating, rewarding, difficult, messy, fun, and pretty much beyond words. I think we were all ready for a small break over the summer. I never dreamed that I would actually get the chance to see, love on, and serve these kids over the summer. At the city pool. But, guess what, I have.
There are three families that I have seen several times at the pool, but one boy in particular that has been there almost every day that we have been there. We'll call him Q. He's actually the oldest child we work with and goes to youth when we come over for Family Quest. Bless his heart, he tries so hard, but he just doesn't know how to behave, tell the truth, or deal with anger and frustration. He's just never been taught. But, he's been excited to see us at the pool each time. He'll take small breaks from hanging out with his friends to come over and chat with me. We don't talk about anything too deep, but just the fact that he'll come talk to me is enough to make that $200 pool pass worth it.
Please continue praying for this ministry, for these precious children. They have suffered abuse and neglect that I have a hard time even imagining happens here in the US. They are stuck in homes that are not good for them because the proof needed for them to be removed is nearly impossible to get. Our hands are tied in that area, but we can cover them in prayer and pour as much of God's love on them as we possibly can in the short time we have them. We have two families now that have moved and we don't know where they are. They are two of our most loved families, and the two families most in need of God's divine intervention to save those kids from terrible things. Please, pray with me that God will continue to bring people into those children's lives who will show them God's love, read them His Word, and be able to point them to Him in their difficult times!
If you are interested in helping with Afterschool Adventures or adopting a family for Family Quest, we would love to talk to you! You can send me a message or contact Jennifer Humiston.