Happy Friday and the sun is shining (sort of – at least a bit!). We may see spring after all one of these days! We have already come through the first full rotation of 2013. So much has occurred, so many lives touched, and so many stories shared.
Since 2013 started, all of you have helped serve 7 families, representing 24 people in the rotation portion of the program. Family Promise currently has 3 families in temporary housing, representing 15 additional people. We have received 144 calls from families in need of our services this year to date… and so the work doesn’t slow. Sometimes hope dims, some days are better than others, some service weeks are easier than others, some energy levels are higher than others, some needs are greater than others…often hope seems to fade…
And it is at that time, that a coordinator will stop by, or send a picture, or call and tell a story of something special that happened during the week. We will hear a story from a guest about a volunteer that was available for them, and made all the difference on a night when they felt that dark sense that no one cares. We will see a parent get a job, a family move out into their own home. We get to witness a little one’s first steps at the day house. We see God in action in dynamic ways in lives of guests and volunteers. Those moments are the vitamin boosts we all need to keep going – to know that this important Kingdom work is GOOD. It is Good and Effective because God is at the center of it by moving all the pieces; in all the lives; to show His grace and His love in action. Lives are touched, lives are changed, nothing could be worth more – even on those long weeks when hope sometimes fades.

“Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty; I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp. Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord – now and always.” Ps 131: 1-3 (nlt)

Thank you each for your prayers, your gifts and your service.