Today I want to introduce some more people who saw the bigger picture and stepped out in faith to serve the Lord and their fellow man with the gifts and talents God gave them. As your read through the list, I hope that you will see, as I did, how they used their God-given talents and experiences to begin ministries that went far beyond what they could envision. As Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:20 -
With God’s power working in us, He can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of. (ERV)
- A minister and youth director in Chicago felt God leading them to begin a children’s ministry to reach children in their church and in their community. They envisioned a program that would lead children to trust Jesus as Savior, to grow in faith, and to serve God. The year was 1941, and the program was AWANA. Today, two million children in 100 different countries participate in AWANA weekly.
- Darlene and Keith Wasserman answered their pastor’s call to serve others by taking homeless people into their own home to spend the night. For four years, while working other jobs during the day, they opened their home each night
to the homeless. Today , they are in their thirty-third year of ministry and feed 21,000 meals a year to homeless and needy people in southeast Ohio. Their program is called, appropriately, “Good Works.”
- After losing one of their six children, George and Laura Brownell began a ministry to school children in their community. Soon they were called to visit schools all over Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. Wanting to follow-up with the children they met, they began the Mailbox Club. Today, over 30 million Mailbox Club Bible lessons are printed annually and sent to needy children in more than 80 nations.
- In 1952, evangelist Rev. Everett Swanson felt compelled to help 35 children orphaned by the Korean conflict. Today Compassion serves 1.2 million starving children around the globe.
- In 1992, Rosemary (last name withheld) lost two teenage sons in a car accident. She began a ministry called Fellow Travelers to serve other grieving parents. After 17 years, Rosemary is still sending out her packets of love and
compassion containing books about loss, a music CD, and a notebook of inspirational messages to grieving parents.
- Last year, Erin Stevens, a pastor’s wife and mother of three, of Mt. Juliet, TN, felt God leading her to minister to strippers in a local nightclub. Since then, her ministry of befriending strippers, feeding them, and talking with them about their lives in a non-threatening way, includes several nightclubs in the area. Every owner has allowed her to come in and minister to these women without protest. The women themselves are talking about the difference the ministry is making in their lives, and a few have accepted Jesus as Savior.
Every Christian has a God-given talent. Every Christian has a place of service. Have you discovered yours? If God has placed you in a ministry, I would love to hear your story.
Link to Becoming a Water-Walker. Link to Meet Some Water Walkers: the Thomas Family.