A STORY OF FAITHFULNESS
For over a decade Naomi Heidelberg has been intentionally pouring into the students and staff at Abbett Elementary School in southeast Fort Wayne. Abbett resides in a community where poverty rates are high, crime rates are increasing, and the school system has dwindling resources to combat community challenges. However, despite the challenges, the students, families, and staff at Abbett have a strength that continues to inspire them onward.
The relationship between Pine Hills and Abbett began eleven years ago out of a citywide effort for Fort Wayne churches to come alongside and adopt local schools. Since then, Naomi has been serving as the ministry liaison between PHC and Abbett. While she wears multiple hats, she believes the most important is praying for and serving the students and staff at the school. As a former teacher, she’s seen firsthand the impact that a prayer warrior and outside partner can have in a classroom. Meaningful relationships happen one conversation at a time, and Naomi is facilitating those opportunities for Pine Hills to walk alongside students, staff, and families.