Pastor Dallas Miller, Director of Spiritual Services and Administrator of Jesus Cares Ministries, reflects on the growth of Jesus Cares Ministries:
When we reflect on the growth of Jesus Cares Ministries, I consider the Apostle Paul’s personal humility and desire to give the glory to the One – Jesus Christ – who alone deserves all credit. In 1 Corinthians 3:5-11, Paul writes, 5What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. 9For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.
10By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
As more and more congregations and individuals reflect a determined interest in seeing this special ministry serve people in their locations, we certainly want to give the glory to our Lord and recognize that many people may have been working and praying for this. Families of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have certainly prayed and encouraged the church year after year. The Lord chooses the times and places and it seems that he is choosing now. We might consider the tremendous opportunities that our Summer Ministry Experience team was privileged to encourage this summer, as well as what they’ve done in previous summers. This year, the team planted or visited established programs in:
St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church; Glencoe, Minnesota
Zion Ev. Lutheran Church; Olivia, Minnesota
First Ev. Lutheran Church; La Crosse, Wisconsin
St. Martin’s Ev. Lutheran Church; Watertown, South Dakota
Good Shepherd Ev. Lutheran Church; St. Peters, Missouri
Messiah Lutheran Church; Alpharetta, Georgia
Christ the King Lutheran Church; Port Charlotte, Florida
Northdale Lutheran Church; Tampa, Florida
Abiding Word Lutheran Church; Houston, Texas
Holy Word Lutheran Church; Austin, Texas
CrossWalk Church; Phoenix, Arizona
Our JCM Program Coordinators and Representatives continue to assist congregations as new programs are planted and sometimes replanted. JCM programs are in various stages of growth in:
St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church; Mukwonago WI
First Lutheran Church; Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church; Austin, Minnesota
St. Mark Lutheran Church; Brown Deer, Wisconsin
Redeemer Ev. Lutheran Church; Cedarburg, Wisconsin
St. John’s Lutheran Church; Jefferson, Wisconsin
Centennial Lutheran Church; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Shoreland Lutheran High School; Somers, Wisconsin
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Wood Lake, MN
Others have begun and are newly listed on our web listing like Tacoma and Bremerton, Washington. Still others, like the ELS congregation in New Hampton Iowa have begun research and ministrations at a local licensed residence.
We thank you for your prayers and support of these programs and Jesus Cares Ministries. To God be the Glory!