You learn a lot serving on the school PTA. One lesson in particular is transforming my ministry.
When I joined my kids’ parent-teacher association, their school was housed in an old building with a green space—a grassy, urban oasis, complete with trees for climbing and the longest slide in town. When we let our kids run around there after class let out, we thought it was for their sake. But so much else was going on. While her kids were playing tag, one mother shared that she had just lost her accounting job, prompting other parents to offer to bring her meals. While their children were fighting over who got the next turn on the slide, one couple with food allergies in the family offered support to a dad who had just discovered his six-year old daughter’s gluten aversion. As PTA members, we listened to the concerns of fellow parents and invited them to get involved.