I first heard about the Child Development Association (CDA) during RPC's 2014 Season of Service when every family in the congregation was challenged to dedicate their time and serve with one of our local mission partners. I picked the CDA because I wanted to serve at an organization that supported children in our community. All I knew at the time was that the CDA offered affordable early learning programs and preschool to help support local families in Roswell.
After I showed up, I quickly decided I wanted to volunteer there on a regular basis. I was blown away by the history of how the organization started and everything that they have accomplished in the past 45 years. I learned that the idea for the CDA started in 1967 when some concerned people realized that Roswell was lacking a safe, affordable place to assist working parents. Our former Senior Pastor, Cy Mallard, was one of those concerned citizens, and I was proud to learn that he allowed the CDA to have their first classroom of 13 children housed at RPC until they were able to get a building of their own on Grove Way.
I believe God was at work then and God continues to work in these children's lives. After almost 50 years, CDA now has over 150 children in nine classrooms and continues to support low-income working families right here in Roswell. Without our support, they cannot continue to offer a high-quality program with low tuition costs. It has been such a rewarding experience for me personally to work alongside such a dedicated staff and assist them in enriching and educating these children.
Dear Lord, thank you for encouraging and inspiring us to serve. Continue to use us as vessels to share the love you have given us with others. Amen.
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