The mission of small things|GREAT LOVE is to promote the agencies and donation opportunities serving kids in foster care already in place around the OKC metro community.
Individually trying to research and meet the needs of all these different agencies takes a tremendous amount of work, time, and money. That amount of effort can be overwhelming, and most of us tend to just shut down and do nothing. But, in the words of the wonderful Mother Teresa,
“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”
We want to show great love through small actions. So, each month a different group will be featured, and a specific need or donation request will be shared. The donations will be small so that it would almost be ridiculous NOT to participate. They will be collected at First Christian Church in Edmond, OK and delivered to the group at the end of the month.
Join us in small acts, and help spread the word so that we can live out James 1:27 and shower the foster community with great love—one small thing at a time!
Erin Robertson founded small things|GREAT LOVE in January, 2019. However, her calling to this project started many years before that. Thankfully, God is both patient and persistent! Here's that story:
A good friend was in the middle of fostering a child who would later be adopted. She posted often on social media about the need for foster and adoptive families, and one of her posts touched Erin profoundly. It was a shared post from a DHS caseworker expressing how long the week had been after a large influx of children in need. It was August, and once school starts, many children's plights are recognized by caring schools and teachers, and so the number of children taken into custody rises sharply. The DHS worker showed a picture of a little girl, not more than two years old, crashed out in a corner of her office. The worker had spent many hours on the phone calling potential placements, looking desperately for another family to take care of another child. And after many long hours in an office, the little girl was completely worn out.
Of course her face was not visible, but compassion toward this unnamed child was immediate. Surely there is a better way. Surely children, already scared from being removed from their homes, already terrified of the unknown future, surely they shouldn't be kept for hours in a cold office. Surely, we can serve them better.
Erin felt God calling her to be a part of serving those children in need, but just what that calling entailed was not clear. She had three young children at home, so becoming a foster family just didn't feel right. Maybe in the future, but not during this crazy busy season of their lives. She thought about opening a temporary daycare of sorts, so that children could play while they waited for a family to step forward. But after researching DHS laws, and speaking with several agencies, she realized that this would not work either. She reached out to foster groups to volunteer, but nothing felt like enough. It felt good to help, and all of the groups she worked with were amazing and doing amazing things, but there was an underlying feeling of needing to do more. But what was that more?
Fast forward at least 6 years, and Erin finally had a moment of clarity. She realized that she kept trying to come up with something grand, something that would forever help the foster system, and she realized that she was just not that smart. But the struggle to do something perfect had kept her from doing anything at all. And that's when the quote by Mother Teresa hit Erin full force.
"In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love."
As any goal setting guru will tell you, one of the keys to actually meeting your goals is to break them down into tiny steps. Steps small enough to no longer be intimidating. And although you won't be making huge strides, you will be moving forward. And over time, those huge strides will be accomplished.
So Erin decided to help in small ways. Things she could do one day at a time, in stolen minutes here and there, with little to no expense. And to encourage others to help in small ways, too. Instead of starting something new, she could start to promote the non-profits and groups already in place to help kids in foster care. Make the system better by strengthening it with reinforcements.
And over time, maybe we will make a positive impact on the foster community. Maybe we will only have a small donation box in the church. Who knows? At least we will know that we did something. A small thing.
And I have faith that God will turn those small things into great love.