Unless a Grain of Wheat

I tell you the truth, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. John 12:24

Dear Friends,

I have been deeply honored to serve God and our homeless community for the past twelve years through the work and ministry of Grace in Action. It would take volumes of books to express the lessons I’ve learned, the love I’ve received and the amazing stories of grace that God has shared with me through the life experiences of our beloved homeless friends.

After much prayer and discernment, I have decided to resign as Director of Grace in Action at the end of this month. The heart and passion of Grace in Action is to follow God and to share God’s grace with those who are most in need of it…those who are feeling hopeless and lost and struggling to survive. Because God has planted that passion, I know the Board of Directors will select leadership that continues to offer the shelter of God’s hope and love in our homeless community.

John 12:24 expresses where God is calling me now. It also, speaks to where I believe God is moving this ministry. In context, verse 23 says, The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. It is time for the work and mission of Grace in Action to shine even more for the glory of God! It is time again for new growth, for the production of many seeds.

Our recent transition has prepared the ground for new growth. It has also provided an opportunity for me to step aside to make room for new leadership. I have known since the beginning of this ministry in December 2000, that God had me here for a purpose and yet, only for a season. I have felt much peace in God’s new direction, although the specifics and details of my life are yet unknown. As I have prayed and tried to listen carefully to God’s call, Ecclesiastes 3 has been in my heart and spirit in recent months.

There is time for everything and season for every activity under heaven: A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and time to uproot.

God is calling me to a place of rest and renewal. It has been a rewarding twelve years, but also long and sometimes painful. There were times when I was more than ready to wave the white flag and tell God I was done, but God said “Not yet!” Today though, as God has created new opportunities for this ministry and our guests, He has encouraged me to slow down. Today our Gracious Creator has prepared new ground for the growth of many seeds and it’s time for me to rest and watch them grow.

Our Board of Directors are amazingly faithful individuals who have a true heart for God and the ability to make wise choices through spiritual discernment. They have stood firm in their faith and service and are prepared to find God’s BEST in new leadership for Grace in Action. I’m excited to see where God takes this ministry next!

John 12:26 says,

Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

It is my deepest desire to follow our Lord and today He is saying, “Follow me.” I don’t know where I will end up exactly, but I know His voice. I know He has blessed me with twelve wonderful years of ministry and I know He now wants to restore, refresh and renew His servant.

Thank you for your faithful support of this ministry over the past twelve years and for your continued support in the years to come.

Cindy

 

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