Mavrode Educational Services

Putting Families First


img_0659But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.  2 Thessalonians 2:13

I’ll be perfectly honest with you, I used to have a tendency to look at the world and the human experience not through the lens of Paul in his letter to the Church in Thesslonika.  His words were edifying and full of hope.  The lens I once saw the world through could only be seen as a place of inconsolable mourning.

But in this God-breathed passage of scripture we are given a different view of the world – a different reality full of sweetness and delight.  Even though we know that we are surrounded by darkness, we have been chosen to be the firstfruits called to make a difference in the lives of our children and their caregivers because we responded to a call.  If we are a peculiar people, then it is because we have been given the truth that no child is bad or irredeemable.   Rather, we have come to know that with the right amount of nurturing and compassion and skill, any child has potential.  And for that matter, the same holds true for adults.

I am grateful to have been chosen for this labor that glorifies God.  I am grateful that I was given the remarkable opportunity to be part of a powerful God-given ministry that inspired the life of Karyn Purvis, and I am grateful to be part of the firstfruits of God’s grace, mercy, and peace.

Ειρήνη του Θεού να είναι μαζί σας;

God’s peace be with you!




2 thoughts on “Firstfruits

  1. Gary Brown says:

    Art, it is such a blessing to see someone approach what you are doing from such a strong base of faith. You will touch so many who desperately need it.


    1. Art Mavrode says:

      Thanks Gary. I think we sometimes forget the many gifts we are endowed with. You hear it all the time that we are just using a tiny fraction of our God-given gifts. What is striking to me is that for the most part, we have lived lives relatively free from extreme trauma and disfunction where there is little or no felt-safety. Just imagine the possibilities if our churches, civic organizations, business leaders and local government leaders would get solidly behind behaviour intervention models such as Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). When we empower our children by empowering their parents for success, I believe we just may have a chance in reducing the high number of children being placed in foster care and in the juvenile justice system.

      The introduction of TBRI to educators and parents at Hawley ISD is the beginning of what I hope and pray will be the model for school districts throughout our great state. We have been endowed with the gift to nurture our children. The question is, do we have the will?


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