There are many ways to love people. There are many ways to serve others, to exercise the gifts you have been given, to invest in someone else’s life. At Clement Arts, we are called to serve children and their families. In particular, we are called to serve children who need families as well as the families in which they are embraced. We perform this service, in love, through the arts.
Why the arts?
Here are five reasons why the arts are the best way we know how to love and serve children and families.
Where are you going, Abraham?
“I don’t know.”
It wasn’t because he lacked a GPS. It wasn’t because he was too stubborn to ask for directions. Abraham and his wife, Sarah, had packed their bags and forsook the security of a familiar place and a comfortable life without any clue about a destination or where they would lay their heads at night. They did this, not in search of fame or riches (though they would find both), but because a voice in the darkness had said, “Go to a land I will show you.” It wasn’t just any voice. It was, as Andrew Peterson sings, a voice of love and thunder deep. It was the kind of voice you can’t ignore, because to hear it is to be changed by it. It was the voice of the God who created the heavens and the earth, now creating a new life for them both. Abraham may not have known where he was going, but there was no denying the call.
When a girl breaks your heart, son,
you never forget her; soon enough,
you’ll see what I mean.
I remember how it happens –
She turns and smiles at you, pretty
surprising to your oblivious self.
You may know that the word “deacon” means “servant.” You probably have deacons who faithfully serve the families in your church. But have you ever considered deacons who serve the needs of the orphan or foster child?
Daniel Hord is the deacon for orphan care ministry at CrossPointe Church in Columbus, GA. He and his wife, Jenny, have four children. Daniel and Jenny have a unique understanding of adoption, having grown their family biologically, as well as through domestic and international adoption. Clement Arts caught up with Daniel to ask him about adoption ministry, both in the home and the local church. Continue reading
It was an accident, I think, that allowed squiggles to appear all over my e-books: with current settings, I can see the sentences that were favorites of former readers. And now, well, it’s an inside-out peer-pressure that compels me to underline all of the unloved lines that people haven’t touched.