Parents go through the same thing at this time of the year. All children are heading back to school (most having already started) and media outlets like KTVU-San Francisco reflect that in their programming choices, still dedicating an entire page to it Tuesday, August 20.
Instead of funding education in this era of less wealth distribution than at any point prior to the Great Depression, the most important aid in giving the poor the "hand-up" they need is being cut nationwide. This leaves Christianity with an opportunity to fill the void by getting in touch with the disenfranchised, and KTVU reported on a few of them over the weekend.
Saturday, August 17 was the annual Back to School Bash at Shiloh Church, reaching out to those in need. Appropriately on School Street in Oakland, this house of worship is just blocks from Fruitvale Elementary School in a community full of at-risk youth. Having all the necessary school supplies helps children get the most of their education, but some of them have needs beyond backpacks filled with things like notebooks, pencils and erasers.
Food is made available for the hungry, love and guidance for the lost and prayer for those that are broken. According to Shiloh senior Pastor Patrick Kiteley, over 2500 children came through the doors Saturday, and 1000 backpacks were given out.
Something as simple as providing school supplies can help children that may feel disenfranchised know that Christians care about them, not just that they share values of the faith. On top of off-setting the efforts of the modern-day Pharisaical churches to legislate doctrine, those representing the love of Jesus Christ can give children the sense of belonging and connection they need to have faith and strength through difficult seasons.