“There is a moment in time when the door opens and lets the future in.”
That moment for Connie Maxwell Children’s Home is now.
Since September 1, 2017, Debra and I have been prayerfully and patiently standing on the front porch of our new home, intently watching the door of Connie Maxwell’s future crack open ever so slowly. At times, we would peek through the windows hoping to catch a glimpse of what’s inside, only to once again fix our eyes on the old bronze doorknob to see it turning slightly towards the right. The anticipation continued to build through the months and then—a ray of light penetrated the opening and a glimpse of her bright and promising future was revealed in the blink of an eye.
Our journey towards this sacred dream began with personal phone calls to alumni, friends, and donors on the very first day we arrived. Those initial greetings were followed by a listening tour where we visited each and every corner of our five campuses. A New Beginnings Celebration with Ruth Graham and many longtime friends carried us across the threshold and into our journey together. We packed our bags and launched a For the Dreams of Children Tour which carried us to five cities across South Carolina, ultimately landing on the front steps of the State House in Columbia, hand in hand with our children. The Forgiveness Initiative ushered in a God led adventure of seeking unity and “oneness of purpose” amongst our family. In the meantime, interviews with alumni, surveys of staff, excursions to children’s homes across the nation, as well as tedious research and data collection informed our minds and hearts about the current state of our work while keeping a constant eye on the horizon…watching for the Son.
This parade of colorful and meaningful activities culminated with the construction of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home: A Plan for the Future. Five committees were formed and capably led by a leadership team that represents history, experience, expertise, and dedicated, compassionate hearts. Over a four-month period, these committees, comprised of over 60 individuals, meticulously carved out a vision—a preferred future that will guide our efforts to become the very best children’s home in the nation, ministering with excellence to broken, abandoned children and families in Jesus name.
We now invite each of you to walk through this door with us. This spring, we will be conducting a Call to Conversation Tour across South Carolina to share a preliminary draft of our strategic plan and encourage productive dialogue and feedback on Connie Maxwell’s future direction and dreams. In addition to these visits, a steering committee of 12 will prepare a formal proposal to present to the Board of Trustees on May 19. We anticipate and desire unanimous approval from the board, and after receiving such, we will embark upon an exciting, challenging, and joyous journey towards the future.
Dreams are the lifeblood of the soul. Dreaming big is God’s business. Our relentless pursuit of that which man cannot do is evidence of our faith in a God that makes the impossible possible. The defining moment for us all will be to exercise the courage and steadfast belief in something bigger than ourselves. Something that is eternal. Something that truly matters.