Several weeks ago, I threw out the question to you…What are YOU doing to minister to others? I loved hearing from you and plan to share your ministry ideas as I can. I hope reading these will inspire you all toward searching for how God can use you best!
Kathy wrote: I have the distinct pleasure of working with women who are recovering from different forms of abuse. Specifically so far it is just domestic violence and sexual abuse. We hope to expand to as many different types of recovery as possible (Eating disorder, grief, divorce, infidelity….the list is endless. We are all recovering from something and need spiritual support along the way). It is amazing to see the sovereignty of God in the lives of these women who have endured so much! My “job” is mainly to train leaders who have been through this type of abuse to lead spiritual support groups for those who are in the midst of recovery.
Jeannie wrote: I am still trying to figure out how to balance mothering, being a wife and serving God in a meaningful way. To that end, my son Roman signed up to serve in a local nursing home. We will help with Bingo for the first time on Monday – my true hope is that we can in some way participate in reading the Bible or singing with the residents. I also believe it is vitally important for my son to understand the circle of life and serve those who go before him.
Jennifer wrote: I have found hospitality to be a great way to minister to others while having little ones at home (I have a 4-year-old, 2-year-old, and a 15-month-old). Our major focus has been a dinner before a church meeting on Wednesdays. We have at least 4 people over, often ones we don’t know (or even know they were coming!). This is followed by a prayer meeting we host twice a month with around 40 people. Mind you, we have a 1400 sq. ft. house! We’ve also had a kid’s klub in our home, though my children aren’t at the age to really be involved.
I think too often mothers of little ones get caught up in their own lives and the lives of their children. Having people over regularly, and none of them being moms, has challenged me and forced me to think about others. My children help cook and clean for our company, and have built relationships with others we might not have ever talked to before. It also allows some in our fellowship to be hospitable when they couldn’t otherwise (they invite people to our house).
This form of ministry is not easy for me; it is a sacrifice. Our home is small and gets “invaded” every week. My husband makes very little money and feeding all these people stretches us. But, it is a way we can serve the Lord now. And it is a way my children can begin to serve others along with us.
I plan to share more of your ideas in the coming weeks! (Thanks for your patience as I work my way through them!) I LOVE reading what you’re doing for God’s kingdom! If any of the rest of you would like to share your ministry, please email me! (laura at heavenlyhomemakers.com)