Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
My hope is that, as you are reading this, you are in a blissful food coma, steadily recovering from a joy-filled day spent with family and friends. More so, I hope that you’ve had time during this holiday season to reflect on all there is to be thankful for!
I’ll be the first to admit that, when I’m so wrapped up in busyness, it’s easier to view everything as ordinary and mundane. That’s why today is so special - it allows me to pause and give praises of thanksgiving to God for ALL of the ways - big and small - he’s moved this year.
As you can imagine, there are so many things to be thankful for this year at Side by Side Kids. These are just some of the main ones I want to share with you all, so we can join together in celebration!
We're thankful for our new campuses!
"And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women." Acts 5:14
When I started at Side by Side Kids in 2016, my school, Webb Primary, was the new kid on the block. It’s incredible to see how a year later, God opened doors at not one but TWO elementary schools - Lee Lewis Campbell and Oak Hill. We are so thankful for the students, families, and faculty at these new schools, and are grateful to serve these new communities.
Thank you, God, for expanding Side by Side Kids so that we may continue to share your love with more kids!
We're thankful for our new site coordinators!
"She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue." Proverbs 31:26
For the past few weeks, we have been introducing you to our Site Coordinators. As you can see, they are INCREDIBLE. God provided such talented, smart, caring, and compassionate leaders to serve our kids at all of our schools. We are so thankful for all of the skills and passions these women bring to the table, and it’s an honor to work with them every single day!
Thank you, God, for bringing such amazing women to our team!
We're thankful to see our students' heart for the Lord grow!
“ I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4
“One of my favorite stories is about our 4-5th grade class reciting the verse of the week. After they eagerly raised their hands for an opportunity to show the class that they memorized their verse and motions, a boy walks over to his teacher and whispered in her ear - he wanted to recite the verse from the week before. With some help from his friends in class, they recited Isaiah 40:31 together!” This story, among so many others, have shown me of the many ways the Holy Spirit has been moving in the hearts of these children.
Thank you, God, for stirring the hearts of our students!
We're thankful for YOU!
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” Hebrews 10:24
You all are the unsung heroes of our ministry. We are so grateful for every person who has invested their time, energy and heart into Side by Side Kids. Every shared post on Facebook, every hour spent setting up an event, every dollar donated, every helping hand has not gone unnoticed. We praise God for each and every one of you because, without you - our friends, families, volunteers, supporters, staff - there would be no Side by Side Kids.
Thank you, God, for those who have decided to join us on this mission!
Of course, there is so much more to be thankful for, but if I listed every blessing God has bestowed on Side by Side Kids, we’d be here all day. If you haven’t already, spend some time in prayer, reflect on how God has moved in your life this year, and praise him for it. You’ll see that there is so much more to be thankful for than you even realized!