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SGtoDC: I’m not kidding, another example.

April 28, 2010

Have you ever heard something like that? It isn’t you, it’s me? One of those classic break up lines. Anyone out there ever been dumped? I know I have. We understand that not every relationship works out. We get that the first girl we kiss will most likely not be the last. We accept that not every person we date will turn into a long term relationship. Why don’t we understand that when it comes to church and ministry? Not every ministry is a fit. Not every church will have the passion or ability for it. I asked God to direct me to my mate, why wouldn’t I with ministry?

Which brings us to job skills training.

So many people in need simply do not make enough money. You are thinking duh. I know. But instead of just saying duh what should we do about it, that is the question we asked.

We have these people coming to our church with needs, wouldn’t it be great if we helped them get to a point where they didn’t have the needs any longer? We prayed about it and felt like it was what Jesus would want us to do. We believed it was where God was taking us. So what did we do? Wait to get enough people interested?

By now you know that isn’t what we did. We couldn’t start anything if we didn’t have anyone willing to teach. I remember very well how that worked. I asked one of our members for advice on what we needed to do. In the beginning he was emphatic that he would give advice but nothing more. He said he didn’t have time because of work.

I also remember the evening he asked me how things were going getting the job skills course established. I remember that by the end of the night he was going to be our teacher and develop the curriculum.

Again, how many people would come? We didn’t care. Here is the deal. As you know that isn’t the question we ask. We ask do we believe God wants us to do it. When the answer is yes we worry about nothing else.

One of our members donated counter tops to convert a classroom into a computer lab. Others gave computers and monitors. The church purchased software so that we would be legal and we put a press release in the paper. You are still wondering how many we had aren’t you?

Well let me tell you about one. A man who has become my friend. A man who was very low when he arrived at our doorstep. He had lost his job and his wife. He was struggling to make ends meet and he was sliding into depression. So what did we do? We got him coming to church. We encouraged him to take our job skills training.

Today my friend is working and reunited with his wife. He is active in church and dealing with his struggles.

Who knows what will come in the future. We have changed the program to be more one on one. We begin our next phase tonight. Say a prayer because someone else needs help and you never know what God is going to do.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 29, 2010 4:24 pm

    Darin, great program- great because it is people focused.

  2. April 29, 2010 9:10 pm

    Danny, there are so many that can be done and it is always about the people. Thanks for your support.

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