If you had told me 90 days ago, that Seeds of Grace would be where it is today, I wouldn’t have believed it. Why would God invite me, a 5′ 1″, simple-thinking woman, wife, mother and grandma of three, to play an active role in moving SOG in a new direction? What could I possibly do to help make real life change in how we reach out, serve and encourage individuals in our local community?
I struggled quietly with this question over several weeks. But finally, in God’s timing, I decided to just be obedient to His calling and let Him worry about the results. Each day I do my best to step out in faith and into new territory. And as usual, I can see God at work in and around SOG and AC3.
The progress and acceptance of our new two-way giving model has been beyond any expectations I may have had. But God knew. He always does.
Has the first 90 days in this change process been without any push back? As a matter of fact, no. Several weeks ago we received a four page anonymous and critical letter of the changes we have made. Through it’s verbiage, it appears this person may be a sister in Christ. Oh how I would love to meet and share with her just a few of the God sightings we have seen so far!
I would love to tell her about the tall, dark and confident man who shook my hand firmly and proudly, as he said ‘thank you’ for letting him give back in the way of serving his new and fellow SOG clients.
Or the story of a women who came in specifically to ‘pay it forward’ at SOG. She tells me her story. Her husband had been pretty sick and they have incurred a $10,000 hospital bill. She was so thankful that she could actually participate in their family’s relief and not feel like she was getting a hand out. The food she gleaned each time serving at SOG, she was so appreciative for. Because she could now use her saved grocery money to put toward their medical bills. She gave me a hug that was so sincere and full of love that I will remember her hug as if it was the very arms of God himself around me that day.
It has been such an encouragement to watch SOG volunteers implement new ways of doing things on Resource Exchange days. And I couldn’t be any more excited about our Resource Consultants and SOG board members who have met with numerous new clients and are helping them with a variety of life needs. Several of our new clients even want to do life in relationship with us. How cool is that? To see God at work in our SOG team and the new relationships being built is quite humbling and pretty darn awesome!
I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in the next 90 days at SOG and through AC3. After all, it is He who gives us hope and allows us to relax and grow in the midst of changes and challenges.
Compassion books I have been inspired by:
The Great Omission By Steve Saint
Barefoot Church By Brandon Hatmaker
Interrupted By Jen Hatmaker
Toxic Charity By Robert Lupton
When Helping Hurts By Steven Corbett
Seeds of Grace is looking for a few more Resource Consultants. These volunteer hours are flexible and fun. Contact Twila at 360-659-7335 EXT. 202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get plugged in!
“Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
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