By: Petra Malekzadeh
Sometimes people ask me what it was like to pack up our life in one country and move it to another, with a toddler and a baby in tow. I am happy to say that while it wasn’t easy it was easier than expected. It’s been 11 years since then and we have truly found a home in Seattle. God has blessed our lives here in ways too numerous to count.
And yet, there are things that continue to be hard. At the top of that list is what it means to raise our kids far away from family. In the absence of our own parents, siblings or cousins, there are times when it feels like there is no one else to love our kids with us. Doon and I, we are it. For a small-town German girl whose family has lived in the same place for generations and whose grandparents were a normal part of birthdays, concerts or sports events, this is hard. It’s hard on “special days” and even harder when our girls face struggles or go through difficult times.
This is why Parents in Prayer has become one the most meaningful places of community for me at SCS. My friends here love my daughters. I know this not only because they give them rides home after school or ask how they are doing but because I see it on their faces. Because I hear it in their carefully and tenderly worded prayers that express care and hope on behalf of my girls. It is an incredible blessing and it is a privilege to be able to do the same for them: To know something of their lives, to look for and notice their kids when I am on campus, to celebrate their successes and support them through challenges.
But Parents in Prayer is meaningful to me beyond my own little family. Each week, we spend time praying for students, for staff and faculty and the leadership of SCS. This, I consider a real and impactful investment into our school that is on par with any other way I contribute.
As a current member of the SCS Board I have gained deeper insight into what it takes to run a school like Shoreline Christian. I can see the gifting and talents required and generously given, as well as the sacrifices made by many who are committed to make this place the best it can be. We do what we can, we trust God to work in the gaps. Being part of a world that is redeemed and yet still broken and part of a Kingdom that is here and yet to come, there is always more that could be - even at SCS. At PIP, we ask God for “the more”: For more life, more faith, more transformation, more “restoration of all things”. I find that while I listen to the prayers of my friends, their hopes and dreams for the school expand my own. Together we build a “holy imagination” of what it would mean for SCS to be all that it can be.
If you are available on Friday mornings, from 8.30 AM to 9.30 AM, please consider to join us! Anyone is welcome, whether on a regular basis or just occasionally. We would love to meet you! Contact Tuvette McCroskey for more information.