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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

14 years ago....

....today, the Mission came into being.
The only thing we knew is that we heard the call...to make a difference and we had said:  "Whatever you say Lord...we will do it."

We stopped in front of the building and were greeted with picketing residents.  They didn't want us there.  They were saying "Take your electricity and water and go!".  We were too ignorant and full of zeal to be afraid. We ventured fearlessly into territory that belonged to gangs, drug pushers and addicts.  When I look back I cringe when I think how brave and utterly stupid we were.  We really didn't have a clue what we were doing.

The Lord sure has a sense of humour...don't you think?  He calls people who are totally unqualified to do a job...so that those people will KNOW that any success would not be because they were so cute or clever...that He was the One making it happen.  He called us because He knew that we would be obedient.  I remember those early days sitting across from our attorney and very good friend.  He was telling us that we will NEVER make it, that we were not hearing right.  I remember family members furiously telling us that we have lost the plot.  I remember (good)friends that suddenly became too busy to speak or see us...it was as if we had the plague.

When you believe with all your heart that you have received a "calling".  You also absolutely believe that the Lord will place a large number of people around you that will support you in your "call".  Not true.

Those first years were the most difficult of our lives.

Family and friends looked down their noses at us because we were working with the outcasts of our world.  I am pretty sure they were afraid that it would be contagious.

Those first years were some of the most lonely years of our lives.

We thought that it would be easy....our "church" would be behind us.  Not true!  For years they watched and they waited for us to fail. We were alone and the buck stopped with us.

We learned that we had to make do with what we have...and work with what we have.  We learned that we were called because we can make business work.  We learned that it takes years before people believe in you and the work you do and that you indeed have integrity  We learned that without transparency we will fail.  We learned that it is heartbreaking and backbreaking work to make a successful Mission. We learned that this work is not a sprint...it is a marathon.  We are in for the long haul.   We learned that credibility comes with years. We learned that the satisfaction and fulfillment we experience in our work cannot be measured in money.

If I were given the choice to choose all over again...I would be exactly where I am today.

19 comments:

  1. Love hearing your story Lynette, and I know how true it is, after being in church and church work all of my life. So glad your family has been faithful to God's call, and even though I have never witnessed your ministry personally, I am always encouraged by your Blog posts, and hearing how you are making a difference in the lives of those who truly need it!

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  2. LOVED reading this. Thank you for sharing and may the Mission go from strength to strength.

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  3. Reading this post made me all warm inside,Lynette. The work you are doing is a beautiful thing and I cannot begin to imagine the hardship and challenges you have been confronted with to keep it up.
    I know that perhaps many of us dream of making a difference, but you really do! Hugs!!

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  4. Bless you as you continue to do the work of the Lord.

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  5. Happy Anniversary!
    Isn't God great!

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  6. What an incredible story Lynette. It brings tears to my eyes when I think how very difficult it must have been for you with so little support. I hope you have many many more years of doing such wonderful work. xx

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  7. What a beautiful story and so grateful you kept going! I know that you are doing good work!!!

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  8. So inspiring! And you are right on every point!

    Congratulations on 14 years!

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  9. Thank you for sharing. Your walk with the Lord is inspiring. Blessing to you and your husband!

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  10. Loved reading this! Just reaffirms,again, that you are a brave and amazing woman:-)

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  11. Amazing obedience & faith,congratulations on your 14 years & you make such a difference in lives. Be blessed. xx

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  12. Wow my firend, what a story! All the best for the next 14 years where it will just grow and grow.

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  13. Your story is amazing! It is a wonderful feeling knowing there are people like you in our world. It is a rare trait for someone to be so giving and whole heartedly follow their faith!

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  14. I can't imagine the hardships that you, your DH, and family have endured the last 14 years. Bless you in your Mission and Thank You for listening when God called! Wishing you many more years of success.

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  15. You are amazing in every way! So, so inspiring and wonderful!
    Congratulations on 14 years of bringing hope and help to people in need.

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  16. Congratulations on your tenacity and making a success of the mission through your tireless work, belief & dedication. You are doing what most people can't be bothered to do...Thanks too for your condolence message - much appreciated :)

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  17. So glad you persevered and that you have made a success of it!
    Congratulations!

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  18. Lynette, thank you for sharing this story with us. I'm so proud of you and all you've been thru. Such a strong and loyal woman you are. Thank you for all you do and give to others and us.

    HUGS,
    Dawn

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  19. Lynette you and you husband are such a huge inspiration for many people! I want to thank you for being so naive at that time that you made that step of faith and touched so may people in the process. I am sure that you touched not only those who came to seek help at the Mission but also many others around the world through stuff that you share on your blog. Just keep being strong and courageous and let all the glory be to our wonderful Lord! sending you my love and a lot of hugs!

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