Whew.. what a year. Serving on the Total City Sports team this past year (2012) and being under the leadership of The For The City Network and the Austin Stone staff has redefined my perspective on what being a disciple of Christ is. If you read my blog entry RESTORATION, WORTH IT, and finally Thankful for 2012 hopefully these will give you a better grasp on all I have seen God do and change in my life.
In short… I have lost more of my self in 2012.
But somewhere along the way loosing myself led to saving myself.
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.
Looking on to 2013 I have felt called to take a step forward and move from a part-time position into a full-time role at the Austin Stone. I have felt confirmed over the past year that I should continue pursuing development in the area of women’s equipping, which is why I don’t hesitate to raise full-time support for 2013. After discussing some specific ideas for growth within women’s equipping at The Austin Stone, I was ready to jump on board and help make these ideas become a reality.
Starting in February, I will serve full-time as an intern under Fabienne Harford, the Director of Women’s Training at Austin Stone. I am beyond excited about this opportunity and feel like it is an appropriate next step to seek what the Lord has for me. This position will allow me to help lead and create some new programs for women’s training as the team explores new ways to help women get connected. I will also continue to get training and development in a teaching environment by apprenticing for some classes in our Get Trained ministry.
My involvement with TCS will consist of investing in the mentoring relationships I currently have with TCS athletes. In addition, I will be assisting with some spring programming and helping create a leadership development component for our TCS club volleyball program.
Serving alongside the staff of the Austin Stone for the past year has enriched my life and given me valuable insight into the nuts and bolts of church ministry. This experience has been monumental for my development and pursuit in ministry. I have also seen the difficult realities of working within a church be approached with grace, truth, and compassion by the staff of the Austin Stone. I can’t think of a better environment to be developed in than serving alongside this kind of leadership.
For my current financial partners– Thank you for joining this journey with me for the past year. Words will never be able to thank you enough. I am looking forward to sharing more with you and thanking you face to face hopefully soon. I ask that you begin to pray for what your role might look like moving into 2013 and specifically that you would consider extending your financial commitment and possibly increasing your monthly partnership. Your faithfulness to me over the past year blew me away and regardless if you are able to continue in your support or not I will forever be thankful for the year you partnered with me in 2012. Looking forward to talking with you.
For my current prayer warriors– Pray. Pray. Pray. As I continue on this adventure it has been clear to me that the distractions and spiritual warfare have increased. Pray for the strength to persevere and to strive for His direction and ultimately His glory. Your prayers strengthen my faith and motivate my steps. Thank you.
For NEW partners! – If you are interested in partnering with me financially or in prayer as I step into this new position in 2013 then I would love to talk to you and meet you face to face if possible! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you in advance.
What a year! I am even more excited for what is to come. Thank you for blessing my life.