“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”Proverbs 22:6
Sometimes my husband and I sit on our porch and remark how living in this neighborhood eliminates the need for a TV. It’s that kind of a place. Our house is settled among a few apartment buildings filled with families from around the world who come to reunite with family and get work at one of the local meat-processing plants. It’s a dead-end street, so kids race bikes and run free and splash in the street gutters that never drain well.
Raising our kids here means never having the typical white-picket fence experience of the American family. We call our house a Neighborhood Center, part of the ministry my husband and I founded. People often ask about what it’s like to raise kids while living at a neighborhood center. They ask about boundaries and how we ensure family time and what kinds of things my kids learn and how I protect them.
Friends, it makes me wonder. Maybe we should be having more conversations about training our kids rather than “raising them right” or even nurturing them. Because the truth is, they are future adults who, by God’s grace, need to function and lead and minister as global, kingdom citizens. And, the Gospel that our kids come to understand and internalize as youth needs to be strong enough and rich enough and deep enough to sustain them as adults… [continue reading here]