My eight-year-old son Henry is going through one of those little-body-getting-bigger-really-fast growth spurts. Remember those? Henry has been coming to me over the last few days; “Daddy, my arms hurt.”
One of those uncomfortable realities of life; pain often accompanies growth.
In 2011, Grace Network International has been going through one of those small-ministry-getting-bigger-really-fast growth spurts of it’s own. We have been going to our Father in the last few months; “Father, our heads hurt.”
Through the growth of 2011 we have been trusting God and holding on tight.
Last Spring Curt Floski and Cash Lowe stepped into leadership for The Shepherd’s House – a rescue mission located in Bend, OR.
What an honor, and, to be frank, what a wild ride. At our little rescue mission we have been able to put in place a relational discipleship / habilitation program, maintain 35 men in full-time program, implement a donor management system, revamp the board of directors, begin the process of putting in an actual kitchen and I could go on and on and on here but I think you get the picture.
Oh, and we provide nearly 1,000 nights of shelter per month while serving nearly 35,000 meals this year.
Most importantly, individuals are committing their lives to Christ – as I sit here writing this, just four hours ago another man accepted Christ in our chapel.
Yep. A wild ride.
While stepping back into frontline ministry has been fun and invigorating it has challenged our ability, as a small ministry, to continue to “keep all the balls in the air.” Getting stretched way beyond ourselves has brought us back to our knees time and time again.
Before stepping into leadership at The Shepherd’s House we were already struggling to keep up with the requests for help around the country. In the midst of our growing pains God sent us help.
In June Brian Gatley dove into the GNI pool, immediately making a huge positive difference. Bringing a boatload of practical business skills to the table, Brian began making Grace Network more effective, both assisting with leading the local rescue mission, and in being able to respond to the requests for training by various ministries around the country.
As GNI’s vision expands, both responding to local needs effectively and meeting the growing requests for training across the country, it is evident that we need to grow even more. To that end, let me introduce you to Kevin Houk. Kevin is a brilliant young man with much experience ministering on the streets of some of the toughest cities in the U.S.
As Grace Network International continues to grow would you please pray with us for God’s guidance and blessing? It is our heart’s desire to walk alongside of the hurting and broken towards hope and healing in Jesus Christ. We would love for you to partner with us as we step into the growth that God is sending our way.