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Ministry Moments Blog
A devotion by Debbi Baker, Director of Arms of Love Foster Care - Maricopa County
We’ve asked a few different people to tell us about their “why” in their ministry area, today we hear about Arms of Love Foster Care from Debbi Baker.
Where there is no vision the people perish; but he that keeps the law, happy is he. - Proverbs 29:18 KJV
Jason Johnson says, “People will work hard for a what but will give their life for a why.” As I meet with new families and seek to encourage those I lead, the most important and telling question I ask is “why do you want to do Foster Care?” Truthfully, when I was first asked that question my answer was that God had called me to do whatever I was asked to do at ABCS in order to minister to hurting families and children. Since then I have come to understand that as Arms of Love we exist to provide children who have been neglected and abused with safe, loving and Christ centered homes. Everything that we, or our families, do has to be viewed through the filter of that why. Without a clear understanding and passion for our God-given purpose (our why), we will most likely give up when the job becomes more difficult than expected and the children whose care we have been entrusted with will pay the price. However, if we remain true to the purpose God has called us He is able to bless abundantly so that in all things at all times, having all that we need, we will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
A devotion by Dane Clark, Statewide Director of Mission Encounter 360
We’ve asked a few different people to tell us about their “why” in their ministry area, today we hear about Mission Encounter 360 from Dane Clark.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. - 1 Peter 4:10.
As director of Mission Encounter 360, it is a privilege and a blessing to serve in this ministry. The program is a beautiful mixture of volunteers, interns and staff serving inside and outside the walls of ABCS. It also includes a host of partners from various organizations, businesses and churches that faithfully multiply the work we do. God’s sovereign creativity has gifted each one of us in ways that are both unique and diverse. At the essence of service is an opportunity for God to call His people to something larger than ourselves – to maximize His gifts through the body of Christ.
We announced in recent publications that the Yuma location would soon need more volunteer help as they began to give out food boxes. Members of the community answered the call to help. Larry Garcia heard from his small group about the Yuma resource center. He is retired with three children and two grandchildren. He started volunteering at the center as soon as he heard the need. He set up the food shelves and organized the food boxes from the local food bank. Since the center's soft opening in June, he has been distributing the food to clients who visit the center. Pastor David Lindgens of Immanuel Southern Baptist Church and his wife Linda have also signed up to volunteer. Immanuel which rents us space on their campus to house the Yuma resource center, pregnancy center, foster care and parent aide offices and administrative offices. Another couple from Immanuel were eager to begin volunteering for the center's grand opening in July. Jim & Betty Jackson also volunteer at their local library and have been donating recovered books to New Life Pregnancy Center.
We are so grateful to all the volunteers across the state, especially those who are quick to respond to specific needs. Our volunteers have a heart for service and a desire to share God's love with others. Visit abcs.org/volunteer to learn about how you can provide hope and care to those in need in your community.
A devotion by Jim Martin, Statewide Director of Leader Care
We’ve asked a few different people to tell us about their “why” in their ministry area, today we hear about Leader Care from Jim Martin.
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart. - Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
On the night of a tremendous thunderstorm, a little boy's sole desire was to find shelter in his parents’ bed. But with each entreaty, his mom would send him back to his room with the reminder that "God would take care of him in his own bed." As he left his parents’ room after his last attempt he was told, "God is there with you. You'll be okay." To which the little boy responded, "Yeah, but sometimes you need God with skin on." To be God and His love "with skin on" is the purpose of Leader Care. Those who serve God's people and mediate His grace need His presence and mediated grace as much as anyone. Who is there to provide hope and care for them? Leader Care is.
A devotion by Tammy Brewer, New Life Counselor
We’ve asked a few different people to tell us about their “why” in their ministry area, today we hear about New Life Counseling from Tammy Brewer.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. - 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
My why has to do with many of my own hardships and traumatic experiences. God has used these experiences to show me His love and healing power. And through that journey He has equipped me to carry that love, compassion and His great promises to each of my clients. I get to remind clients of God’s love and educate clients about His desire for relationship with them, a relationship that is loving, kind and healthy. I have been blessed by the wonderful opportunity to be a counselor in this ministry and to come alongside ABCS to bring kingdom values to those in their time of need.