Several years ago, my husband and I “adopted” a college student. We had her over for monthly family dinners and spent time with her during special gatherings at our church. At the end of her four years in college, she told us how much this meant to her. Unknown to us, her mother had had cancer and went to her heavenly home prior to her first year in college. You can make a joyful impact on a student’s life by making yourself available to them by listening, engaging, and having fun together. We still are involved in this graduates adult life. We see her, her husband, and their two small daughters when they come home from the mission field. It has been our joy to watch her bloom into all God has for her to be over the years. Adopting a student will bring Great Joy to All who participate.
- Pray regularly for students around you and at your church.
- Be joyfully accepting, relational, inclusive, and friendly.
- Connect by spending time in their world—school activities, sports, youth groups and neighborhoods. If you are retired, consider volunteering at a school. Your positive, joyful presence can make a difference in students’ lives. Run for a school board position to affect positive change in your community. Jesus spent time with all who needed to know more about His Father.
- Adopt a student and get together with him or her at least once each month. Invite him or her to a bible study at church or to your home for a family dinner. Showing kindness and love toward students brings Great Joy for All.
- Invite teachers or staff to lunch, dinner, worship service, or special events at your church.
- Discuss with your Christian Women Connection group how to engage in the lives of the children, teachers, and staff in your school districts.
- There is Great Joy for All when spreading the love of Jesus to our school’s children, teachers, and staff.