A few weeks ago there was a devastating and mysterious toddler death in our town, and the mother is currently in custody because she admitted to harming her child. The other four children in the home went to stay with relatives, but because they have different fathers they were not able to stay together.
Through an acquaintance at work that is related to the father of the two younger children, a member of our church was able to find out some of the children’s needs. As a church we are busy collecting clothing and supplies to give to them. We are finding the best way to help others and find out what their needs are is through established relationships. We are also reminded to prayerfully ask God what we might give when we feel compelled to help.
In addition, several people expressed concern for the mother and wanted to know if there was something we might be able to do for her. One woman was compelled to drive to the county jail to simply pray on the sight where she is being kept. Other ideas have circulated but none have come to fruition. The general consensus among many in our church is that regardless of what she did she is still a child of God, and we as people who follow Christ are called to love her and not judge her.
Contributed by Luke Ankeny, Homedale Friends