Dr Dave Anderson’s Visit


Kat Osborn (East Midlands Programme Director) and Dave Anderson (founder of Safe Families for Children)

Last week our founder, Dr Dave Anderson, was over from Chicago touring our UK hubs. Dave is an inspirational speaker whose obvious passion and heart comes across through every story he tells. Alongside hearing stories of Safe Families reducing the flow of children going into care in Chicago and beyond, Dave also shared with us the strategic changes Safe Families USA have made since starting up. One of the key challenges for us in the UK was hearing about how much of the recent growth of Safe Families for Children in the US has been through recognising that Safe Families is a movement of the church, and calling the church to a reawakening of its mandate to offer biblical hospitality and to welcome the stranger; a challenge to all of us.

Hearing from Dave is a reminder that when we do this work we bring heaven that little bit closer to earth. The end of CS Lewis’ The Last Battle captures the magic and mystery, the depth and life, of the Kingdom to come.

“The new Narnia was a deeper country, every rock and flower and blade of grass looked as if it meant more. I can’t describe it any better than that. The unicorn summed up what everyone was feeling. He stamped his right fore-hoof on the ground and cried: “I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now. The reason why we loved the old Narnia is that it sometimes looked a little like this. Come further up, come further up!”

As we come alongside struggling families we are inviting them to experience a hope and love they may never have known, and we hope they will find a place where they know they belong and that life is richer, deeper and fuller.