I don't know about you, but I have had days where life just simply doesn't work out the way I expect. Take yesterday for instance. As we were getting ready to begin our new after-school program today, our volunteers were lined up to start mentor students in reading, the intern leading the program was making the final roster from Cigarroa elementary, and the checklists had been completed. One of our faithful members who is a mechanic had even worked on the church van so it was in tip top condition for our daily pick up from the school to the church. We were all set and ready to go for this new ministry.
And then yesterday we realized that the church van had been stolen. That's right, after months of planning and preparations, in the night, someone had foiled our plans.
Now we have a couple of options of how to handle this - first, we could panic. Second we could pray and third, we could ask another church for help. Fortunately our staff and lay leaders have focused on the last two. And in the end, our neighbor United Methodist Church, Christ Foundry, is allowing us to use their church van as a short term interim solution.
I don't tell you this to compare to Job, but invite you to consider how faith is asked to respond in times of challenge. The Bible is filled with stories about persons who faced adversity, frustrations and even impossibilities. It tells us how they handled the situation, sometimes in fear and sometimes in faith. But through every story, God's grace perseveres.
Our "story" yesterday revealed that grace, as God was at work in the response of our trustees, lay leaders, staff and colleagues.
I ask for your continued prayers this week as we begin our after school program. As we have discovered our insurance company will not cover the cost of a van rental, we are faced with some additional challenges for a long term solution in continuing the after school program and ensuring the children of Cigarroa can arrive here safely. We are dedicated to the importance of serving our community and improving the opportunities for children who often are underserved. I believe God hears our prayers, particularly when justice for others is involved. If you would like to support these efforts we invite you to visit an online donation opportunity we have set up this morning called "Project Transformation After School Program support" on the donate page of our website, or by clicking here.
This week, I invite you to consider how the stories of the Bible are yet another revelation of God's grace. How is God's grace revealed in your life as a continuation of the Biblical witness?
May God's grace be revealed,