Thursday, October 31, 2013

"The One who calls you is faithful..."

Over the fall, we have had the privilege of meeting with several of our ministry partners, with the intention of hearing stories from their summers and to thank them for all that they do to serve Philadelphia.  After each meeting, I left with a feeling of joy and excitement over the way that they have chosen to give and to celebrate and to be beacons of hope each and every day.  I was deeply challenged by their stories and so honored to be able to be a part of a ministry has the opportunity of partnering with them.  

A glimpse into some of the stories:
1. One woman that CSM has worked with for many years began to share with us some of the ups and downs of working with the homeless population.  We asked her how she stayed anchored when the days were long and discouraging, different than she ever thought they would be.  Her response was a simple, "Jesus is always better.  I have just given my life to the fact that Jesus is always best."  

2.  We had lunch one afternoon with some friends who run a rescue mission.  They told us stories of overflowing grace and forgiveness.  Their reason for continually forgiving and giving their guys a second (or third or fourth...) chance?  "We love these men and so desire to see them transform.  I'm a person that desperately needs a second chance every day, so I'm in no position to not extend the same."

3.  Over eggs and toast one morning, we asked another one of our ministry partners how she got involved in her ministry.  "I heard God was doing big things here and I wanted to be close to that.  So, I came."

4.  One after-school program that we partner with is headed up by a powerhouse leader.  As we met with her, she told us story after story of adversities that she has encountered in the world of education.  Yet after 25+ years of serving, her passion for seeing change within the school system has only grown.  She spends her time off taking her students on trips to further increase their worldview and love for one another.  "As long as the kids stay safe and learn something, I'll probably do it."

Their stories challenge me to expand my horizons.  To satisfied with Jesus alone.  To be full of grace.  To be deeply passionate.

Thank you, faithful ministry partners, for building up the kingdom.  Thank you for allowing us to glimpse your worlds and to walk alongside you.

- Brittany Nyce, CSM Philadelphia City Director

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