COMMITMENT: Don’t start working with vulnerable children unless you're committed. All children need consistency, but especially children who are at-risk. They need adults who will keep their promises. Ministry to children must be led by caring adults who will stay for the “long haul.” It’s not so much a matter of time as it’s a matter of circumstances.
Many adults get tired and quit. Others are frightened away by their own high moral standards. For some, their Christianity gets in the way of doing the hard, messy, work of helping troubled children and their dysfunctional families. The commitment required is nothing less than unconditional love and unquestioned acceptance. If you think you might have a difficult time with that, then do the children a favor and serve somewhere else.
Take Away: Don’t start working with vulnerable children unless you're committed.