Holy Cross and Bethel, two of the T2C2 partner churches, are located near public schools in Dallas. As part of their service to the community Holy Cross has been a strategic partner with Gooch Elementary and Marsh Middle Schools for several years. People from Holy Cross and the surrounding community serve as reading buddies at Gooch, and they have also helped the Gooch PTSA with their annual Gator Fest celebration.
At Marsh, the Holy Cross staff teaches leadership and life skills to the JROTC Cadets twice a month. The staff also provided a great, catered barbecue lunch with a drawing for Walmart gift cards for the teachers and staff. More than 125 teachers and staff were served that day and were very gracious–several commenting that they were blown away by the hospitality.
Bethel has started a similar partnership with Highland Meadow Elementary School Why do we do this? We simply do this so that we can show the tangible love of Christ to people that serve our greater communities. Not only did the staff at Marsh comment on how great the food was, a few also thanked us for lifting them and the students of Marsh in prayer and even expressed an interest in Holy Cross serving the school in a more spiritual capacity; perhaps even leading a Prayer Walk through the campus on a non-school day.
While we do not know what plan God has for these partnerships, in all there is an open door to explore this outreach even further. One example of the gift of partnerships is at Holy Cross where families, like Luis Enrique and Mirella Benitez who are key leaders at the Santa Cruz Hispanic Mission, came to us through events we worked on with our school partners.
So, we rejoice and celebrate this opportunity we have to share the love Jesus gives us by showing that we “Love Our Schools!”