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3/4/15 at 09:51 AM 0 Comments

How Shall We Pave the Way?

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As the leader of a child welfare and social services agency, I would be remiss to not recognize this March as National Social Work Awareness month—its theme “Paving the Way” for change.

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts social work as one of the fastest growing careers in the United States with more than 650,000 professionals holding social work degrees. The very word social,in all its forms, seems to drive our society like never before. We are “social”when we belong to a group or community. And of course, we constantly engage or interact with others on various social media platforms. Social can also describe our unique personalities, according to the degree we interact with others.

By definition, social alsosuggests involving allies, relating to others, concerning the welfare of humans as a society, and forming cooperative and interdependent relationships with others. This describes our work as social workers! We must never cease in our commitment to be the catalyst in effecting positive changes and making an impact in a broken world that suffers so much. It is our calling to provide a path to hope, restoration, and healing for every child in danger or who lives in poverty, every abandoned orphan, every parent and family in need. Social workers are helpers, restorers, and advocates. Social workers counsel, prevent crises, advocate for public policy, build capacity, and create change. Social work is a must-have anywhere, and social workers are in demand everywhere in our world today.

The definition of social that strikes me most, however, is one better known to botanists: tending to grow in groups or masses so as to take a pure stand[i]. I believe we can borrow this definition from botanists to help even more children. As a leader of a global organization providing quality social services to children and families, I have to wonder:

  • Could the “way be paved” more quickly across the globe if we in the social work field create alliances and partnerships?
  • Could we combine our efforts as a massive group taking a pure stand for improved child welfare, social systems, sustainability, and social justice?
  • Could our results be better if we stood together?

What if we paved the way jointly—unified in our approach to boldly create a path that leads us to expand our service areas, make a bigger impact in addressing the world’s greatest needs, find solutions?.From my experience, the answer is yes. Bethany Global has more than 50 partners that help carry out our mission. We have found this be cost-effective, and it has enabled us to serve 10,000 more children.

Perhaps, if we begin with the end in mind, we can do the impossible and realize a world that no longer needs us. We have been called and chosen for this work—to improve the welfare of humans in a group as a group—soh-shuh l. So, shall we?

Bethany’s expanding network of national and global offices as well as partnerships with churches, government, and other non-government organizations (NGOs), is making an unprecedented impact and reaching a previously unmatched number of children and families. Bethany Christian Services has 70 years of expertise bringing families together and keeping families together as well as developing innovative programs that address the complex social, economic, emotional, and spiritual factors that place children at risk. We exist for children and for the simplest, most successful and common institution—family. We honor God by caring for children and families—this is fundamental to our mission.

[i]http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/social

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