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2020, a year to forget! Or so we are tempted as we try to emerge from a year that brought disruption and inconvenience, at a minimum, but more commonly hardship, anxiety, physical and emotional pain, and even despair.
2020 was hard on so many levels, and the hardship of that year has now even rolled into 2021. We want what we remember was normal, but we are now becoming accustomed to the idea that normal is no longer definable. So, we are now resolved that we must learn from, and not forget, the experience of 2020.
Our teachers have been our partners who, in the face of extraordinary challenges, have found ways to continue to serve, making adjustments in their programs and the ways in which they deliver their services. In some cases, these adjustments have been discouraging and painful, but almost always, have been inspiring and beneficial, bringing relief and hope to so many.
As a Christian organization, we are committed to a life in community. Our work over the years has been with organizations serving in North Texas and around the world. Our partners and the people they serve comprise a broad community that includes rich diversity in skin color, ethnicity, language, physical and intellectual ability, economic circumstances, educational background, religious affiliation and political preference.
2020 helped us realize, again but with emphasis, how blessed we at The Rees-Jones Foundation are and how much we have been given to steward and to use for the mutual flourishing of this broad community. Ringing in our ears are the words of our Lord, “whatever you did for one of the least of these . . . you did for me.” And so when He appeared in our midst in 2020, hungry, thirsty, sick, threatened, in need of basic goods and services such as clothing, diapers, computers and Wi-Fi access for virtual learning, we wanted to be there to share.