2018-19 Mission Theme: Advocate for Children

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In 2017-18, we worked together to create A Healthier St. Louis. Now we're poised to focus on the most vulnerable members of any society: children.

Caring for children is at the heart of the Christian faith, going back to the earliest Old Testament writings. 

Exodus instructs, "Don't treat any widow or orphan badly," while Psalm 68 declares God to be a "parent of orphans and defender of widows." These are powerful words, written in a time when widows and orphans could easily be sold into slavery. 

Jesus famously commanded, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” Clearly, God values children's lives. 

In our world, our country, and right here in St. Louis, there are children who face violence, poverty,  discrimination of all kinds, lack of health care, and poor education.

It's a problem that can feel overwhelming, but we believe that by building relationships in our community and taking positive action on national and global issues, we truly can make a difference.