THIS TO SHALL PASS
As I approached the keyboard with the intent to compose another newsletter, what else would come to my mind other than 2020! After all the title itself makes it clear this is to be a letter focused on news and there is lots of news right now. But then it occurred to me that all of us are growing weary of the events thus far and just hoping we can push through the remainder of the year knowing part of what lies ahead.
DEATH OF THE MANUAL TRANSMISSION
I have to throw in one little bit of info about 2020 that you might not know and I’m sure you need to know. According to Car and Driver magazine 2020 is possibly the end of the manual transmission. I’m leaving this right here and if you are interested you can find folks that want to start a campaign to save the manual transmission.
OH SAY CAN YOU SEE?
But I want to look at a different 2020 (pun intended). What is 2020 vision? From American Optometric Association: 20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet. If you have 20/20 vision, you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. If you have 20/100 vision, it means that you must be as close as 20 feet to see what a person with normal vision can see at 100 feet.
Prior to the year 2020 the numbers were most commonly used in reference to vision as described above. Also, in the phrase “hindsight is 2020” we often can see the past clearly. We might have some understanding of what happened but we don’t always know why some things happened. With one caveat, if we have a biblical world view. When we see everything in our lives through the lens of scripture we can know, understand and trust that believers in Christ and those that follow His teachings can have peace concerning the events in our life, past, present and future.
August 1st Coastal Bend Grace House celebrated seven years of ministry. The actual date we received our 501(C)(3) status is March 7, 2013, but we hired our first employee August 1st 2013. Jullie came on board as the Executive Director and has been the only executive director for the ministry. Just like so many other huge events that should have been celebrated, this one slipped quietly by as well.
SUPPLIES EVERYTHING WE NEED
We have adopted two quotes from the very beginning of this ministry. One by Hudson Taylor (early missionary to China) “God’s work done God’s way will never lack God’s supply”. The second one by me “This ministry will be viable as long as God wants it to be”. We have seen God’s hand and unlimited supply on and for this ministry from day one. I could share numerous stories of how God came through with blessings even before we knew we were in need of something. This history of God’s supply only confirms even more our trust that God loves this ministry.
This year we cancelled our annual banquet/fundraiser which provided as much as seventy percent of our yearly operating expenses. We also had to cancel a golf tournament fundraiser planned for July and a BBQ fundraiser in the fall. I say all that just to prove God’s faithfulness. We have enjoyed a great generosity from those that believe in this ministry and desire to partner with God and us. It’s been a real faith builder in our own lives as we lean more on God than the fundraisers. We can’t thank those of you that have supported us through these unsure times.
SEEKING OTHERS THAT SHARE THIS PASSION
We are in need of staff. As of this newsletter Jullie and I have moved into the house full time and with some teachers not venturing out she is carrying most of the teacher roles as well. We have seen some teachers coming back and we can’t thank those enough that are committed to pouring into these ladies lives. Our volunteer base is phenomenal and really makes this ministry one of the most efficient run ministries I’ve ever been involved in or heard of. If you are interested in job descriptions or volunteer options check out our website gracehousecc.org. Please check it out anyway.
So in closing (finally) our hindsight and our foresight are both 2020. We trust a sovereign God that loves to give to His children good gifts. Due to the sensitive nature of our residents it’s not always easy to share everything that is going on at CBGH. Just know this, Jullie and I am committed to the ministry of helping women seeking a new life and a new way. We seek to BE good stewards of everything God provides. Our prayer is that on that day we will hear, “well done my good and faithful servant”. We believe “to him that is given much, much is expected”.
Please pray for us and the women we serve.
Blessings Keith and Jullie