Have you ever volunteered at a nonprofit or ministry and, after serving, you felt like you were the one who was served? You show up at a food pantry or the Boys and Girls Club to help others, but on your way out the door you discover you were the one who was blessed through serving. You volunteer to fill a role in the student ministry at your church, but in return you were filled. Something soul-stirring takes place after you give of yourself. You planned to give, but you received instead. Know the feeling? I call that Crazy God Math…
It all happened so fast…
Washer overflowed and flooded 70% of our home.
Youngest son jumped out of a window of a church camp bus engulfed with flames on the side of a highway.
Air Conditioner broke from the dry-out of our house flood.
Family vacation (the “best” part of the Best Worst Summer).
Emergency room visit for stitches.
Unwelcomed shark encounter.
Teenage attitudes. (Need I say more on that one?)
And the worst…four funerals of dearly loved friends and family.
While our personal life felt like a roller-coaster ride with harrowing twists and turns, the ministry was facing significant challenges of its own with unexplainable software migration issues and more.
We felt beaten up on all sides from life’s crazy ride. Someone humorously said to me, “Susan, instead of saying ‘Jesus is enough,’ you should say, ‘Jesus that’s enough!’”
Bare walls. Empty desks. Old chalkboards. A handful of pencils. All In Ministries International (AIM) had the privilege of serving a new school for Ebola orphans the day before the AIM women’s conference in Liberia. Little did we know that what we would provide would be the greatest treasure for some of these children. A gift that one little boy would never put down…
Would you like to leave a lasting legacy?
You may be thinking: What can I do? I’m a stay-at-home mom busy with little ones. I work full-time and struggle with the basics of life. I’m a college student and I can’t get classwork completed between classes and my part-time job. So how can I help women I’ll never meet, in a country halfway around the world? You can make a difference no matter where you are or what you are doing with this seven-fold prayer strategy…
I was shocked and embarrassed at what I had done. Dishonoring our country. Disregarding the sacrifice of so many who died. All unintentional. It was D-day – National Donut Day – or so I had been lured into the marketing spin of a free donut.
As my family and I were munching on a warm, sweet treat, I post our silliness to Facebook. Then, it happened. An older friend responded, “I’m surprised at you, Susan.” What? Why? Surprised I have…
We’ve heard stories of people angling for the perfect selfie, while dangerously putting themselves into harm’s way when tragedy strikes. Lives that ended much too soon because of…sadly…a photo.
What about the reverse? What about the lives forever changed for the good because of one photo taken of them?