It was cold outside as we gathered at the front doors of the Children’s Building. The sun would be up soon and the parents would be arriving to check-in their children for the first day of Lionheart Children’s Academy. We were there to greet our new friends and help welcome them to this new beginning. What a joy it was to meet so many different families who live in the surrounding neighborhoods that were helping us kick off the start of a new partnership designed to serve families with pre-school needs as well as before and afterschool care up through age 12.
The Arapaho Road church family prayer walked through the halls the first Sunday of January and dedicated the space to the Lord knowing the doors would open to welcome families into the rooms the next day. We prayed for parents, children, single moms and dads, grandparents and all the ways God would work in the lives of those we would have the privilege of getting to know and walking alongside in their lives. Although several of the families who walked through the doors on Monday morning were church members and connected to Arapaho Road, so many were new friends we had the privilege to meet.
A single dad who lives nearby checked in his daughter and left knowing she was in great hands.
A mom and dad who live just north of the church were excited to drop their youngest at Lionheart while their older son is enrolled at IL Texas charter school across the street. They were aware of our partnership with IL Texas and were encouraged by the mutual friendships that were already in place.
Another parent that we met this first morning made a point to speak to one of our staff members who was greeting at pick up time last night. She went out of her way to express how much it meant to her that our staff was present with Lionheart’s staff on the first morning. She said it was the very first time she had taken her daughter anywhere beyond immediate family for daycare needs. Our presence helped make her feel extremely comforted and less nervous to leave her daughter. She expressed how grateful she was and how safe and secure she felt her daughter was considering the care she would be receiving. From moment one she conveyed how much she appreciates and loves Lionheart and how the church is helping to meet this critical need for her family.
Yes, we are off to a great start! Please continue praying that God would lead more and more families through the doors so we can make new friends and help love our neighbors well.