Facing Grief but Finding Hope in Community

By Roy Baldwin
January 30, 2023 • 2 min read

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Elise moved to Lincoln in June to leave an abusive relationship. She’s a single mom of two daughters, ages 10 and 6. In October, doctors found a mass in her oldest daughter’s abdomen.

Elise was prepared to take her daughter to and from Omaha for chemo treatments, surgeries, and checkups on a regular basis. But without any relationships in Lincoln, Elsie wondered what she’d do with her younger daughter during those trips.

A school social worker called Christian Heritage to see if we could help. We talked with Elise and connected her to a couple serving in our Families Together program. They were willing to provide temporary care for her 6-year-old daughter, so Elise could focus on helping her oldest through this difficult time. Now, Elise has a meaningful connection to a Christ-centered family in Lincoln who can love and support her.

We’re kicking off 2023 with this new monthly newsletter. Each month, we’ll share powerful stories just like Elise’s—stories of how God is working across Nebraska.

We’ll also share blog posts and content that will equip and empower you to care for vulnerable children and their families. We hope this newsletter will be a go-to resource to help you make a difference in your home, church, and community.

When we look around our state and nation, we see a chaotic child welfare system, struggling families, and a mental health crisis. It’s easy to be discouraged. But there is hope.

The gospel can redeem the most broken families. And how does Jesus work? Through his church. God’s people are the answer.

Because of this truth, we’ve realigned our strategies and programs to better meet the needs of children both in and out of the system. We will be sharing more about these changes over the course of the next few months.

I’m excited to share our new mission statement: Change the future of child welfare in Nebraska by mobilizing a gospel-centered community to support vulnerable children and families.

This builds upon and enhances the incredible legacy laid by those who have gone before us. I can’t wait to see what God will do.

Roy Baldwin

Roy is the CEO of Christian Heritage. He has 20+ years experience working with at-risk children and families. Before joining CH, Roy was the director of a Christian camp, Director of Parenting and Youth at Focus on the Family, and a house parent at Milton-Hershey School in Pennsylvania. A native of Pittsburgh, Roy is a passionate fan of the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. He and his wife Karen have three children.