A COMMUNITY REST STOP
"A Place to Satisfy Your Hunger and Your Heart"
I never dreamed I would be a store-owner, in my community, reaching out in ministry to those in need. However, because I desire to do more ministry in my community, I kept believing there needed to be a physical place to meet to reach more women and children.
Eighteen months ago, when the opportunity arose to buy a local store, the price was too high. I proceeded to take a job at the local YMCA ministering to 120 kids daily, along with their families, and supervising eight counselors.
I began Mom Heart, a local community outreach, to women and children in September, 2012. We meet weekly at a local church and engage in gospel storytelling, children’s literature, practical life skills, and play.
We are seeing transformation in the lives of the two families attending, as the power of God’s word takes root in their hearts and minds. As change occurred, we all kept asking how can we grow and impact more families in our community with the life saving message of redemption.
I truly thought this ministry was enough to last a while. It became evident at the end of March, 2013, my job at the YMCA was coming to a close. God used significant health issues to cause me to consider whether I was to stay.
Just a short time after my thoughts began to wander about other jobs, I noticed the same store I desired 18 months earlier was now up for sale again.
This time it was half price. Fearful questions arose,
“I have never run a business. How will I know what to do?”
“Will I have enough money to take care of my kids.”
Then hurling accusations came from the enemy….
“You will never make it..You are crazy….”
Then fear showed up. So I reached out.
I knew a God who rescued me out of addiction, abuse, and neglect. Although I am a single mom with five children, he restored and redeemed my life. He had given me a strong community of believers to walk with through life. He had given me a strong testimony and heart for ministry.
I went to God’s word, spent time in prayer, and asked for prayer from trusted friends regarding this life changing decision.
And God came through again. He is faithful.
Psalm 90:17 “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands.”
Psalm 37: 3-7 “Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Delight yourself in the Lord
And he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
Trust in Him and He will do this;
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
I meditated on the faithfulness of God and recounted the story of His redemption in and through each and every trial in my life. As I embraced His call on my life to live missionally, to believe God to be all of who I know Him to be, I came to a place of perfect peace and faith to walk through this new and exciting adventure.
Yes, God answers prayers and gives us the desires of our heart as we trust, delight, and commit our ways to the Lord.
May He be glorified forever in and through me, my children,…..and now, our little PLACE to gather, share, eat, and fellowship in His glorious name.
I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. I WILL GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES. HE IS WITH ME ALWAYS.
I want my whole community to know this glorious truth of redemption, the saving grace and love of Christ…that they too may experience the fullness of life the Father has for them.