Leaving a Legacy for a Century
If you want a year of prosperity grow grain
If you want ten years of prosperity grow trees
If you want one hundred years of prosperity grow people.
Train up a child in the way they should go, even when they are old they will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Oakliff Bible Fellowship from Dallas, Texas offered a training on their Adopt a School Initiative last August to the Florida Baptist State Convention in Lutz, Florida. I had the privilege to hear part of the wisdom and blessings that our God has been pouring down through Dr. Tony Evans and the church he serves.
The statistics are worth pondering. 75% of all prisoners are High School drop outs. High School dropout are ineligible for 86% of USA jobs.71% of high school drop outs come from fatherless homes. 63% of youth suicides come from fatherless homes. In the state of Texas, 100% of all male High school dropouts in less than a year become part of the judicial system.
The Adopt a school Initiative focuses on churches adopting a school. The USA has 19,000 school districts that contain 98,000 schools. If there are 350,000 Christian churches, there is no reason why a church cannot adopt a school. Churches with 20 members or 20,000 members may adopt a school and affect our society for good.
Many churches hold from getting involved in their local schools believing that schools will reject them, that schools will not use Christian volunteers, or that there is too much politics in our school systems. The truth is that most school superintendents and school principals are open to one on one mentoring children, helping with fund raising and other opportunities that schools offer for volunteers. Churches have adopted high school football, basketball and baseball teams and provide fellowship and a meal to the athletes before a local game.
Oakliff Bible Fellowship started supporting local schools when Dr Tony Evans and some of his members prayer walked school campuses 30 years ago. Today, his church has adopted 32 schools and trains churches and Christian denominations nationwide on adopting schools to curve dropout, violence, gangs, teen pregnancy and increase the overall student grades.
According to our Rowan Salisbury Schools web site, in our county, we have 19,500 students in 35 schools that employ 3,000 people with a $170 million budget. If we have 42 Southern Baptist churches in our Association, we should be able adopt every school and affect the lives of our students.
Will adopt a school cost a lot to our church budget? It can cost as much as we want to invest or cost nothing at all, since all service is done in a volunteer basis. Will we attend a training from Oakliff Bible Fellowship in our area to explore adopting a school by your church?
Dr Bill Collins from The Urban Alternative sent me the following information:
Thursday, October 25, 2018. Cost $75
505 Muirs Chapel Rd,
Greensboro, NC 27410
To the moment we print this newsletter, the www.adoptaschool.org web site does not show this training in Greensboro, but it will be updated during September. Please, check the following page until the Westover Church registration link shows up.
Your local missionary,
Director of Missions