This Annual Summary is about 2019. Its purpose is to reflect on the work of the Foundation in 2019 and highlight some of the notable projects that we supported in that year.
In recent years, the annual summaries have also included expressions of our faith and calling as a Christian organization with a mission to love and serve God by allowing him to work through us to lift up those around us in meaningful ways. We are continually challenged to evaluate whether that is in fact what we are doing.
So this year, rather than looking only at 2019, we decided to look more carefully at a few of the initiatives we have been pursuing over the last several years that involve animal welfare in Dallas, Texas children in foster care, and clubfoot relief in Africa. What follows will describe these three projects, some of the results we have seen, and our hopes and objectives for the projects as we move forward.
In addition, we include in the section, A Look Forward, an even broader statement of objectives we adopted in 2019 to help guide our work into the future.
Now, of course, notions of “moving forward” and looking “into the future” are shrouded by the events of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic and the movement for racial and social justice present new filters through which we must look at all of our work, so we are mindful of the need to hold our objectives loosely as we proceed.