Hope Weekly 2/21/2019

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Hope steps into the Allegan County Jail…!
Two years ago, Carol De Boer began feeling a nudge towards Forgotten Man Ministries. She and her husband Bill would pass by it every time they drove up north to go camping. The nudge was to see if they had a women’s program and if she might be able to volunteer in her retirement. But the connection never quite happened until… she attended the church organization service of the Gun Lake Church plant in Allegan called “The Bridge”. Guess who was there?
Yep. You got it. The Area Director of Forgotten Man Ministries and an active Chaplain for Forgotten Man Ministries in the Allegan County Jail, Sarah Lindstrom. Well, ideas were shared and emails exchanged but things stalled for several months until… Carol was representing GLCC at our classis meetings this past Fall. At the meetings, she and Sarah were able to reconnect again and this time the timing was just right. Chaplain Sarah took Carol’s idea and shared it with the officers at the Allegan County Jail in charge of volunteer programming whom she happened to be meeting with the next week! They loved the idea. And now Carol is combining one of her passions with bringing hope to others. Carol’s passion…? Crocheting.
Two times a month, Carol goes into the Allegan County Jail to help inmates complete community service by learning to crochet. They donate the items they are making to local service agencies. One of the days, Carol meets with women and the other day, with men. Through sharing her passion of crocheting, Carol also gets a chance to bring hope through showing God’s love to those that she is teaching.  She asks for your prayers for the women and men that are there. How awesome is that?
How is God calling you to bring His hope and love through your passions? It might just start with a nudge…
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13
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