February is a month of showing how much we love our family, friends, neighbors and community. Thaddeus McCall, a volunteer mentor for ACH Child and Family Services and pastor of a local church, strives to be an example for his church and community members by showing love year-round.
“As senior pastor at Greater Love Mission Church in Fort Worth, I have the privilege and opportunity to cast an overall vision of outreach. As a church, we do outreach activities twice a month. We believe in carrying out the mission of the ‘great commission’ by sharing the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which impacts lives.”
McCall believes that spending time for a cause is just as valuable as giving financially.
“Time is something that a lot of people don’t have a surplus of,” McCall said. “The apex of any offering is when it's given sacrificially. That’s when it costs.”
McCall has committed a minimum of one year of his time to mentor teens who have aged out of foster care because he too needed guidance as a young adult for important decisions.
“My mother was a teen when I was born, so my grandparents took care of me most of the time,” McCall said. “They kept me safe and fed me. They provided my mother, siblings and me with spiritual and moral guidance. My grandfather was a great influence in my life. However, when I became a young adult, there were challenges that he and my grandmother could not address.”
McCall said his grandparents were limited in the knowledge they could share with him because they could only give what they were taught.
“Mentoring is my opportunity to give back and make a difference in the lives of young people,” McCall said. “I can relate to being where they are right now. It’s my chance to give them the time and direction I desired when I was their age.”
McCall searched for a mentor when he was a young adult, but he didn’t know how to ask for help. Through mentoring at ACH, he hopes to be a support system for teens and help guide them to be the best adults they can be.
“Of all the things we can accomplish in this life,” McCall said, “if we don’t make a positive impact in someone else’s life, then we've done little to make a difference in the lives of others.”
Quoting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., McCall sums up why he has dedicated much of his time to volunteering.
If I can help somebody as I pass along,
If I can cheer somebody with a word or song,
If I can show somebody how they’re traveling wrong,
Then my living shall not be in vain.
“My most satisfying moments are the ones that had nothing to do with me, but when I was able to come to the aid of someone else.” McCall said. “I can close my eyes and be at peace knowing I’ve made a difference.”
How can you get involved this month and help make a difference in lives of children and youth? Contact Becky Rasbeary, volunteer services manager, at 682.432.1131 or via email at Becky.Rasbeary@ACHservices.org.