We often say that GraceWorks offers hope to our Neighbors in need. And most of the time we think of the hope we offer as a tangible commodity; like rent assistance, utility assistance, food, a clothing voucher, a Christmas gift for a child, or other material ways. But recently we experienced hope being offered in a simple request just for prayer. Not food, or financial assistance, or assistance with goods; just prayer!
Last week, a woman came into our crowded waiting room, (we have started out this new fiscal year being extremely busy in Neighbor Services, some days seeing as many as 42 Neighbors!!), and went straight up to the receptionist, and said “What I need right now more than anything is prayer. Please pray for me!”
She then began to tell of her health issues and of other tough life situations that had created a financial setback for her. When asked if she needed food or other assistance, she said she did, but right now her greatest need was for prayer and that is the only thing she had come in for.
Jacquie, our receptionist, dropped everything, took hold of woman’s hands which were now extended through the open glass of the reception window and began to pray for her. At that time the waiting room had 20 or so other Neighbors sitting there busily chatting away while they waited to be served. At that moment of prayer the Holy Spirit took over the room and every mouth was silenced in honor of the petition that was happening on behalf of this woman in need.
After the prayer was over, many Neighbors came up to the woman and gave her a hug. Her face was streaming with grateful tears as she told the receptionist that she would be back later for food and other help, but for now had received what she needed.
I tell you this story because it is often my prayer that GraceWorks would be a place that is sanctified and set apart, because people we serve would understand that what we do, we do because of God and that God would be glorified in all we do. And because all of us here are praying that this very thing would be so. Our Christian roots are foundational to who we are and it particularly blesses me that a Neighbor would see us as a place that offers the most important hope of all, and that is the hope that comes from our Heavenly Father, our ever present Helper in our time of need.
Please continue praying for GraceWorks. Please continue giving, volunteering and advocating to be the hands and feet of our mission. We are spreading both intangible and tangible hope to our Neighbors in need. The work we are doing is important and transformational and we can’t do any of it without you.
I am excited to have you step into this new fiscal year with us. I think we are having an important start. We are busy, we are serving and we are praying and God is moving! Can’t wait to see and to share all that God will do through us and in us this year. Blessings to you!
Your sister in Christ,
Valencia A. Breckenridge, CEO