The new ministry I have been blessed to be a part of, "The Well" is expanding the scope of those being served. Instead of serving only those who are involved with children-single moms, foster families & adoptive families, the demography has grown to include others who might feel unseen. Older women, empty nesters, the retired, the single, the lonely are slowly being reached one person at a time.
This past week we began a Bible Study-Small Community Group with some of those who are participating. Somehow I was blessed to be chosen to lead-facilitate the group. (Probably because I am the only one older than all those participating) After sitting through thousands of sermons, decades of small groups, and more teaching than I can recall, surely I had something to offer?
OH, I have a whole store house of head knowledge, but I was schooled from the first few minutes in how to be a Jesus Follower. These ladies have their Christ Connection down pat--without my learned teaching, without lengthy theological discussions, and without volumes of books and commentaries~THEY KNOW CHRIST. They know Him, they worship and praise Him, they communicate with Him and they love Him. A deep abiding, knowing, trusting love filled with hope and thankfulness. They freely speak up during prayer--affirming what they are hearing---they call out to Jesus---and they know Him in an intimate way. These ladies are going to teach me far more than I could ever impart to them. They know Jesus---He is in their hearts---and they have a bond I cannot even begin to describe to you.
OH, I am certain God will use me in their lives, I know we will grow together in community, but what is most exciting is what they have to teach me about a deep and intimate relationship with Jesus. We will go to The Well together and draw from its living water. What a blessing leaving my bubble is going to be!
"Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident!
Don't be afraid or discouraged, for I , the Lord your God,
am with you wherever you go."