“Back to School” Doesn’t Mean Back to Normal

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Back-to-school week begins in-person today for some children in the United States, while others continue in a virtual classroom. Most schools have a plan for this year’s fall season, but no one knows what COVID-19 variants and new infections will bring.

Set Free Ministries Executive Director Dean Vander Mey says it can be difficult for families to navigate constant change.

The ongoing uncertainty is taking a toll on the mental health of children and families.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty, depending on what school district you’re in and whether it’s a private school or public school; even I didn’t know what was going to happen with some of our grandchildren,” Vander Mey says.

“There’s still a lot of uncertainty, which makes for potential anxiety. The Bible has a lot to say about such things.”

Set Free helps kids and their parents fight fear and build faith using the strategies outlined in Scripture. Learn more about freedom ministry and Set Free’s approach here.

“We’ve had a lot of children come in, and we listen [to their struggles]. We say, ‘you’re not alone; we understand the fear. Let’s do this together,’” Vander Mey says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


  • Consider reaching out to Set Free Ministries if you are struggling with anxiety.