Seeking the Peace and Prosperity of Our City.

Published November 15, 2023

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Seeking the Peace and Prosperity of Our City.

I recently had the privilege and pleasure of hearing from some of Fort Worth ISD’s unsung heroes during the Student & Family Resource Tour in East Fort Worth.

Fort Worth ISD’s Student and Family Experience Department deeply resonated with local leaders in attendance as they revealed the stark realities faced by numerous students and families.

It’s nothing short of inspiring and miraculous, especially considering its existence and operating solely on in-kind donations.

Their powerful presentation stirred our hearts, leaving us deeply moved and inspired by their remarkable efforts to engage, empower, and elevate students and families from mere survival to remarkable flourishing. 

During the presentations by the department leads—Family Resource Center, Adult Education, Family Action Center, After School, Parent Partnerships & Engagement, and Health Services—I couldn’t help but be reminded of Jeremiah 29:5-7

5 “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. 7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” —Jeremiah 29:5-7

These verses reflect the challenges faced by new and existing families, much like the Israelites in Babylonian exile, adjusting to new and unfamiliar circumstances in Fort Worth.

However, the team at Fort Worth ISD’s Student and Family Experience Department are truly unsung heroes, tirelessly working to transform lives. They’re empowering families to break free from generations of illiteracy, poverty, and hardship, rewriting legacies, and creating positive change in Fort Worth.

So, as we pray tonight, let’s seek God and specifically intercede on behalf of Marta Plata, Executive Director of Student & Family Experience, and each department lead and their mission:

Marta Plata
Executive Director of Student & Family Experience

To engage, empower, and elevate students and families from surviving to holistically thriving.

Ottis Goodwin
Director Family Resource Center — Clinical Needs

To ensure that all students have the ability to reach their full academic potential through local partnerships, the School-Based Health Department leverages medical, behavioral, vision, and dental health resources to reduce health disparities for ALL students.

Nydia Lewis
Director Adult Education

To meet the learning needs of our communities across Tarrant County by empowering adults striving to improve their basic skills through adult education and to promote continued learning that will prepare adults for higher education or career enhancement training opportunities that lead to career advancement.

Dr. Carlos Walker
Director Family Action Center — Basic Needs

To empower communities in need by serving as change agents to build strong schools in the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD).

Zenobia Hood
Director Parent Partnerships and Engagement

To improve student attendance and retention, support academic growth, and enhance well-being by building relationships and home-school connections with parents and families.

Shannon Cooper
Director Health Services

To improve the overall Health and Wellness of Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) through the utilization of emergency preparedness and adherence to state guidelines.

Miguel Garcia
Director Fort Worth After School

To provide quality before and after school programs in a safe environment that result in educational, physical and social development for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Let’s pray for Fort Worth’s growth and thriving, and all the more for the impactful work carried out by the Student and Family Experience Department, local churches, and various organizations—ensuring equitable peace and prosperity for all.

Let’s intercede for the work, success, and efforts of Fort Worth ISD and local churches partnering to embody Jesus’ compassion as His practical hands and feet to our neighbors where we live, work, and play.  

May we, as God’s church, passionately reflect His enduring justice, grace, and truth steeped in His boundless love for every nation and every tribe.

See you at 8 p.m. on Zoom.

God bless,
Pastor Alvin & Mallary Brown

alvin@makingamosaic.com :: mallary@makingamosaic.com


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