Cody and Amanda Cox, with their son Truman, have been serving as the Home Parent family in The Zimmer Home since the fall of 2017. Amanda shares a bit of their story, and how they felt called to Coyote Hill.
Cody and I both grew up, met and went to school together in Iowa. From a young age, I knew I wanted to work with children. I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in Elementary Education. Cody attended NMSU as well, but later transferred to get a ministry degree from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly. Cody became the youth pastor at Harrisburg Christian Church while attending CCCB. I graduated from NMSU in 2012 and began teaching kindergarten in Moberly. We got married on June 1, 2013.
We learned about Coyote Hill while attending Harrisburg Christian Church. People spoke highly of Coyote Hill and everything that the ministry was doing. We occasionally had kids from Coyote Hill attend youth group, and we took the HCC youth group to volunteer at Coyote Hill once.
We really learned more about Coyote Hill when I started working in the office part-time. That job allowed us to see Coyote Hill through a different lens. Although we knew about Coyote Hill and admired it from a distance, it wasn’t until then that the ministry became real to us and we began to understand what God was doing in the homes. We prayed about becoming Home Parents and, although we were scared of the task ahead of us, we were excited for the opportunity to minister to children and help bring healing to their stories.
God has blessed us with numerous encouraging moments while Home Parenting, but here are a couple of examples.
One day after taking two young girls shopping for clothes, the five-year-old stated she was hungry. There was little time in my plans to stop and eat. Besides, it would soon be supper time. She persisted, so I made a quick fast food stop to get them a snack. As we continued on home, I heard her say from the back seat, “Miss Amanda, I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.” I was stunned that a child who hadn’t been to church prior to living at Coyote Hill had matched the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:35 word for word! It felt like God was telling me that even the small things we do, even the ones we think we don’t have time for, could mean the world to these children.
Another moment that stood out for me occurred with one of our teenage girls during supper one evening. Out of the blue, she alluded to some trauma from her past that we were unaware of. We re-directed the conversation until a more appropriate time, and then I talked with her later, one on one. As she concluded sharing with me, I asked why she decided to share that piece of her story now. Her response? “I just feel safe and at ease here.” We continually see proof that Coyote Hill really is “A Safe Place to Be a Child.”
There is no doubt that God is at work here at Coyote Hill! We are thankful for the role we get to play here each day in the lives of these children. We are also thankful for the role that each person reading this plays in this ministry. We couldn’t do this job without your prayers and support!
~~Amanda Cox, Home Parent Mom in Zimmer Home
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