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Ministry Moments Blog
A devotion by Andrew Shermett, Parent Aide Ministry Support Specialist
We’ve asked a few different people to tell us about their “why” in their ministry area, today we hear about Parent Aide from Andrew Shermett.
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. - James 1:27
For a while now, I have been interested in studying theology, as there are so many opinions about the Bible floating around out there. Every now and again, somebody will post something on social media that I feel inclined to investigate! I recently saw a quote on Facebook that read, “Christianity is a relationship, not a religion.” It stirred my curiosity, so I decided to look into it and found that James, the brother of Jesus, actually addressed this very topic! James clarified what pure, undefiled religion is. Here at ABCS, our Parent Aides get to live this out by caring for widows, orphans, and others who are in desperate need. True religion is not based in traditions or laws, but in showing others the love that Jesus shows us. As somebody who works behind the scenes, I am blessed to be able to support the Parent Aides in their mission of true religion. James also mentioned that we must keep ourselves unspotted from the world. This is how we can shine brightly to those who are lost and in need. My “why” in this ministry is that I want to pursue true, pure, and undefiled religion before God, and cultivate an atmosphere of light-shiners!
A devotion by Jacklyn Marin, Assistant Director of Arms of Love Foster Care - Maricopa County
We’ve asked a few different people to tell us about their “why” in their ministry area, today we hear about Arms of Love Foster Care from Jacklyn Marin.
But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it". - Luke 18:16
One of my favorite characteristics about God our Father is that He has a special place in His heart for little children, for the orphan, for the most vulnerable in society. We see that truth evidently in Jesus’ tender words to his disciples to “Let the little children come to me.” In our daily work in Arms of Love Foster Care, we must ask, are we letting the little children come to Jesus by providing safe, loving, Christ-centered homes, or are we hindering them? Let us not hinder children who have only known pain, suffering, abuse and neglect from coming to the healing hands of Jesus Christ. My “why” and my prayer is that every day we are letting the little children come to Him, and that we and our foster families are also coming to Him like little children.
A devotion by Lucas Bass, Assistant Director of Parent Aide - Maricopa County
We’ve asked a few different people to tell us about their “why” in their ministry area, today we hear about Parent Aide from Lucas Bass.
…Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. – Mark 10:43-45
Growing up as a pastor’s kid, I couldn’t begin to count the number of time I’ve been to church. I’ve heard more 3-point sermons and cheesy illustrations from my dad than I could possibly remember. I’ve also been poured into by countless mentors, discipleship leaders and pastors, and I feel incredibly blessed by the grace God has shown me through His Church. Yet, when I read the passage above, I’m reminded that simply being “poured into” isn’t the end goal! We are called by Christ not to be served, but to serve. Jesus, more than anyone, could have allowed others to serve him. Instead, He lived as the greatest example of servanthood we have ever seen or will see. As a follower of Jesus, He has placed a yearning in my soul to serve the broken and hurting. This is my “why.” God has led me to ABCS to partner in ministry serving wounded families through Parent Aide. The love of Christ is the only real answer we could possibly offer to the families we serve. God has granted us an incredible opportunity to share that love in Parent Aide, and I thank Him each day for the blessing of such a unique responsibility in ministry.
We’ve asked a few different people to tell us about their “why” in their ministry area, today we hear about Human Resources from Kendra Linaman.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up - 1 Thessalonians 5:11
As Christians it is important to support and encourage one another as we go out into the world as ambassadors for Christ. Each day those who work at ABCS are serving diligently and are using the gifts God has given to them to spread His love and show others the hope that is in Jesus. My "why" for being at ABCS is that I have the opportunity to use my administrative gifts to support and encourage. I am able to see the hearts of all those who work at ABCS and who truly feel called to serve. Sometimes these opportunities for support manifest in ways that I would not immediately think, but I am always grateful to have the opportunity to see how God is working in the ministry.
We’ve asked a few different people to tell us about their “why” in their ministry area, today we hear about New Life Pregnancy and Community Resources Centers from Rachel Ramey.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. Psalm 147:3-5
I love these verses because they remind me that our God is a personal God. Even though in all His majesty He knows the countless stars, He also knows our hearts and cares for us and our hurt. In the New Life Pregnancy Centers and in the Community Resource Centers we have the opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life, many of whom have never been shown respect or been told they are valuable and loved. The woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, the refugee who is adjusting to life in a new country, the aging adult struggling to provide on a fixed income, and the tiny baby growing in the womb – all these are known by our Creator God. As we serve these individuals with diapers, food, clothing or a free pregnancy test we have the privilege of affirming their value and pointing them to God who created them, knows their every need, and is inviting them into relationship with him through Jesus Christ.