We have about 297 miles until we hit Saint Louis, Missouri. After a weekend spent with family and friends, we are back on the road. At present we have stayed mostly in the north and not far from the Belle Plaine area. We have had the pleasure the last few weeks of working with some established Jesus Cares Ministries programs. Now the task of helping start new programs begins. Our first location in Phoenix will be a lesson for all of us. We will experience things, that we will be able to take with us to the next location. We all have the belief we will be doing amazing work.
Ask Jackie: Unexpected Blessings
Last week spent our time observing and participating in current Jesus Cares Ministries programs. It’s been rather stormy and dark outside, but our experiences have been just the opposite. The success stories that we heard and the programs that we visited were an inspiration to all of us as we start to bring Jesus Cares Ministries to new churches. Today we begin our travels outside of the Midwest.
It’s been a fun three weeks so far. Wednesday was a picnic in Glencoe, Minnesota. Some of the residents from The Lutheran Home: Hope Residence in Belle Plaine were there, and it was fun to get to see them again! It’s amazing how close we are growing to the people we serve, even if we only spend a few days with them. Even more amazing is how they remember us. We haven’t seen these residents for a couple weeks, but we still were able to talk about “that one time we played Yahtzee” or “when I won Wii bowling”.
Earlier this week we were staying in Watertown, South Dakota and Monday night we had our first actual Jesus Cares visit to a church. This church has had a Jesus Cares Program for about 11 years, so it was a great opportunity to see what this program can grow into.