Serve and Let God Lead

Thursday, March 31st, 2011 and is filed under Uncategorized

I recently heard someone say, “God can’t steer a parked car.” While I am pretty sure God can do whatever he wants with a car parked or otherwise, their point was well made. You see so often people get paralyzed in the stage of “waiting to see what God has for me.” I have heard many people say, “I am just waiting on God.” I think many times God would reply, “If your waiting on me your backing up.” Okay maybe he would not reply exactly that but I think you get my meaning. I have always felt like we just need to start serving and God will lead us where he wants us. We have taken this approach with Go MAD Ministries and it has been really exciting and sometimes a little scary to see where God had taken us as a ministry. Over the last several months the mission of this ministry has really come into focus.

While we had things that we felt like God had laid on our hearts we were having a bit of a difficult time putting them together. Basically it seemed as though we had three separate areas in which we were ministering and even at times two different ministries it seemed. I was really struggling with this as I felt like this was not how we were supposed to operate. What it came down to was I just could not get comfortable with it. But, I just kept going back to what I said earlier, just keep serving and God will work it out.

Last week Renee and I were back talking about this exact concern and I guess we were finally to the point where God had been leading us and it just came out. In fact, I am not even sure which of us said it. I am sure it was me…well it could have been her. I think some actually came from her and some came from me and suddenly it was just like, “oh yeah that makes perfect sense.” I quickly typed up an email to our board of directors asking for permission to refine the mission and vision statement. I have received positive feedback so Go MAD Ministries has a newly refined mission and vision statement with which to align everything that we do. The great thing is everything that we are currently doing align perfectly with our mission. I know that should not be a shock as God has been working it out, but I still think it is cool.

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New Beginnings in the Dominican Republic

Thursday, March 31st, 2011 and is filed under Uncategorized

This month has been a month of beginnings for us in the Dominican Republic. The Oasis women’s ministry is fully up and running. Bible studies have begun with the ladies, the Dress shop is open and Oasis jewelry is being made daily!

The Oasis Dress shop opened its doors on March 9th and is a beautiful place for women to shop for their most special occasions. All proceeds from the shop go to fund the Oasis woman’s ministry that works with women at risk of being sold or forced into the sex industry. Thanks to all who have donated dresses, they are so beautiful!

It was great to have Oasis jewelry launch this month. Oasis jewelry seeks to employ women who are currently involved in the sex tourism industry and offer them an opportunity to have an income with dignity. These women make jewelry that is sold in the U.S. at parties and boutiques and this pays the salary of the women. The response to this ministry has been overwhelming and we currently employ three women. There are many others who want to get off the street and have hope for a different life but finances have us moving a little slower than we would like.

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