We live in a blue collar neighborhood and my girls attend the public school down the street from our house. I knew that the income level of our families at Camey was low, but I still was taken aback when I learned that we were a Title I school.
The first time I heard the term "Title I" was at church. Bent Tree had recently adopted an elementary school and when they explained what Title I meant, my heart went out to those kiddos. It meant that over half of them live at or below the poverty level and there is a high transient rate.
It's really easy for me to see the need far away (I've blogged about my heart for Rwanda and Haiti), but I like to forget that there is a huge need right down the street from my house. I know poverty in America is very different from poverty in Africa, but it doesn't make it any easier on those here in The Colony.
This year, I'm really asking God what He has for me at Camey. I don't feel like it is to join the PTA and I already make copies for the teachers on Fridays, so the obvious things are already being done. What I do know is He is calling me to do something at my school for those in need.
I have waited 3 1/2 years for someone to organize something I can join in on, but so far, I'm hearing crickets chirp. I'm not really a great person to get something off the ground, but I'm a good support player and can carry a vision that I believe in. In the past few weeks, I've had a few doors opened to me, that have led me to believe that God wants me to be surrendered to Him at Camey--no matter what that means--including starting a progam.
Sooo, I'm praying and looking and tomorrow, I'm making a phone call. I'm a bit nervous in giving up any more of my time, but I'm also excited. Who better to love these kids than someone who lives in the same neighborhood? It's really about the total surrender for me.