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Ministry Moments Blog
A devotion by Lucas Bass, Assistant Director of Parent Aide - Maricopa County
We’ve asked a few different people to tell us about their “why” in their ministry area, today we hear about Parent Aide from Lucas Bass.
…Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. – Mark 10:43-45
Growing up as a pastor’s kid, I couldn’t begin to count the number of time I’ve been to church. I’ve heard more 3-point sermons and cheesy illustrations from my dad than I could possibly remember. I’ve also been poured into by countless mentors, discipleship leaders and pastors, and I feel incredibly blessed by the grace God has shown me through His Church. Yet, when I read the passage above, I’m reminded that simply being “poured into” isn’t the end goal! We are called by Christ not to be served, but to serve. Jesus, more than anyone, could have allowed others to serve him. Instead, He lived as the greatest example of servanthood we have ever seen or will see. As a follower of Jesus, He has placed a yearning in my soul to serve the broken and hurting. This is my “why.” God has led me to ABCS to partner in ministry serving wounded families through Parent Aide. The love of Christ is the only real answer we could possibly offer to the families we serve. God has granted us an incredible opportunity to share that love in Parent Aide, and I thank Him each day for the blessing of such a unique responsibility in ministry.
We’ve asked a few different people to tell us about their “why” in their ministry area, today we hear about Human Resources from Kendra Linaman.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up - 1 Thessalonians 5:11
As Christians it is important to support and encourage one another as we go out into the world as ambassadors for Christ. Each day those who work at ABCS are serving diligently and are using the gifts God has given to them to spread His love and show others the hope that is in Jesus. My "why" for being at ABCS is that I have the opportunity to use my administrative gifts to support and encourage. I am able to see the hearts of all those who work at ABCS and who truly feel called to serve. Sometimes these opportunities for support manifest in ways that I would not immediately think, but I am always grateful to have the opportunity to see how God is working in the ministry.
We’ve asked a few different people to tell us about their “why” in their ministry area, today we hear about New Life Pregnancy and Community Resources Centers from Rachel Ramey.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. Psalm 147:3-5
I love these verses because they remind me that our God is a personal God. Even though in all His majesty He knows the countless stars, He also knows our hearts and cares for us and our hurt. In the New Life Pregnancy Centers and in the Community Resource Centers we have the opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life, many of whom have never been shown respect or been told they are valuable and loved. The woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, the refugee who is adjusting to life in a new country, the aging adult struggling to provide on a fixed income, and the tiny baby growing in the womb – all these are known by our Creator God. As we serve these individuals with diapers, food, clothing or a free pregnancy test we have the privilege of affirming their value and pointing them to God who created them, knows their every need, and is inviting them into relationship with him through Jesus Christ.
A devotion by Raquel Williams, Statewide Director of New Life Pregnancy Center
We’ve asked a few different people to tell us about their “why” in their ministry area, today we hear about New Life Pregnancy Center from Raquel Williams
For You, Lord are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in loving-kindness to all who call upon You. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; and give heed to the voice of my supplications! In the day of my trouble I shall call upon You, for You will answer me." – Psalm 86:5-7
Because we all need Jesus. We need His forgiveness and His lovingkindness. I by no means deserve it, yet God is ever so loving and gracious to humble Himself to save me. My "why" in serving with NLPC is because just like I needed to be saved and need Jesus, our clients need Jesus. Our clients need to hear about the forgiveness, lovingkindness, freedom and HOPE that they can receive through Christ alone. But they cannot know if we do not share. God has given each of us stories to connect with those we serve that they may hear about His faithfulness, His goodness, and the hope that they can have in the midst of trials. In the day of my trouble God answered me and I know that just as He's faithful He will answer to all who call upon Him.
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)