At the end of each year, my team and I get the opportunity to visit our ministry partners and say "thank you" with a tithe basket. This year, we made some delicious treats, roasted coffee and created a calendar filled with Denver pictures. Also included in the basket is a check, as CSM values tithing and gives a portion of any income to our ministries. I love the opportunity to thank our partners for the work that they are doing and for allowing our students to serve alongside them.
My staff and I have been reading the book Space for God by Don Postema. He spends time in length talking about gratitude and at one point says, "A humble give-and-take between people breaks through false independence." He also says, ". . .you realize for an instant that you are part of something much larger than yourself or your surroundings. You acknowledge that you are surrounded by God's indescribable generosity."
It is amazing how nearly every visit we made this year we were greeted with "We should be thanking you for bringing us groups of volunteers!" It reminds me that a huge desire of mine is to truly be partners with our ministries. We both need each other. When we have student groups in the city we try to teach them that we shouldn't be doing things for others, or to them, but with them.
- Keysha Boggess, CSM Denver City Director
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