This summer Student.Go personnel have served in 19 locations around the world. Candler School of Theology student, Meg Lacy, served with the Faith to Action Initiative, addressing the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa and around the world.
Working to create a Social Media platform for the Faith to Action Initiative, a partner of CBF, has been a wonderful experience. We often forget that the internet can be harnessed as an important tool for both Christian Education and Social Change by offering a space for education and networking on particular issues of faith and justice. The Faith to Action Initiative is focused on educating those involved in care for orphans and vulnerable children around the world, helping people of faith to think strategically about their involvement with orphans and vulnerable children, and to dream into being sustainable and indigenous solutions for caring for the least of these. We know that children grow best in families, therefore, finding non-institutional paradigms in which to think about and practice care for children is paramount. Working with Faith to Action also reminded me of the intersection of issues related to justice and gave me a model for thinking holistically about faith based community engagement in local congregations. Vulnerable children exist in both local and global communities, and solutions to caring for these children intersect many others justice issues, such as poverty, human trafficking, food security, and foster care and adoption methods. Faith to Action’s primary goal is to strengthen local families so that they are able to care for children who have been orphaned or who are vulnerable within their local communities. This goal offers a unifying platform for people working for justice in many different capacities. Often, missional engagement in congregations can seem fractured, as if many people are running in many different directions, all with separate plans in mind. But caring for families provides a framework for integrating mission and making local-global connections that coalesce, while still resting clearly in a rich theology of mission in which all are cared for as a part of God’s family.