Pettus – The children from the Boothe Campus of South Texas Children’s Home Ministries (STCHM) set aside some time from their summer vacation recently to serve the communities that surround Pettus during Mission Serve Week.
“The idea is to set aside one week of our summer to serve others and share the love of Christ,” explained Becky Robertson, STCHM director of student ministries. “It’s an opportunity for staff and children to work alongside each other and to help others which is in turn teaching servant leadership. Children learn by example, and what a great way of teaching servanthood than staff setting the example for our kids.”
Children that are in the Homes for Children ministry are placed there because they cannot live with their own families. STCHM provides as much of a normal life for the children as possible through the houseparents who care for their daily needs, along with staff that care for a variety of needs. These staff members include their case workers and counselors, and many others in the STCHM family. Many more churches, organizations and individuals give of themselves to provide summer activities, VBS, trips and countless other opportunities for the kids.
“Our children have so many people that pour into their lives, and they have a desire to want to do the same,” Robertson shared.
The children signed up for the activity of their choice. One opportunity was working at the Marshall Campus in Goliad, where STCHM provides homes for single moms and their children. The children worked alongside staff doing yard maintenance and work projects that included cleaning the church and installing new siding on the office building. Another group assisted organizing donations at the Vineyard in Beeville. A group of kids visited two nursing homes, providing art projects for the elderly residents while some children served at Christ Kitchen in Victoria.
On the last day of the week, the teens organized a Fun Day at the Boys & Girls Club in Beeville. They provided games, bounce houses, prizes and pizza. At the end of the day the children had a sense of accomplishment and provided a fun day for other children.
The mission at STCHM is “Honoring God, reaching hurting children and families with His truth and love, and enabling others to join us in this ministry.” Mission Serve Week was to demonstrate that they are accomplishing that goal while encouraging the children to continue STCHM’s work in the future.