My story with Adorned in Grace begins in a rough place. I met Linda and the Design Studio ladies at their very first event a few weeks after my mom committed suicide. They had set up in the community room of my apartments the day I was moving back home to a somewhat abusive dad to help care for my six younger siblings. Meeting them felt like a God intervention...
Have you ever felt like an observer at church? I bet you, like many others, have struggled with the thought "what’s my place here?" I can relate to that sentiment. I've found myself thinking "am I doing what I'm called to?" or "are we missing something by doing that same program over and over again?"
If we’ve learned anything over the years, it’s that passionate volunteers are the lifeblood of Compassion Connect. We realize that being a volunteer leader, however, can be a tricky feat. Our volunteers juggle significant responsibilities that have huge impact, and that can bring both challenges and growth. One challenge we’ve noticed some of our leaders experiencing is how to navigate the waters when once-enthusiastic church partners lose steam.
In a culture fraught with so much division and the temptation to take sides, may we as the Church be a guide to a higher way, a way that sees value & dignity in every person and lives out these values in selfless consideration of the least of these. We invite you to join us in these 5 practical steps to lead the way.
"There is a problem with churches not working together [...] the other problem has to do with church members. They sit at church wondering, “what can I do” to serve the Lord. “I don’t sing. I don’t teach." But Compassion Connect models provide an endless range of opportunities for church members of all ages and abilities to get out and serve the Lord and show His love to neighbors in need."
"Women don’t just come for the cause, they come to champion other women in knowing their full value in Christ. Their impact then reaches far beyond the shop’s walls to aid other women in being fully removed from the trafficking system once and for all. It is a ripple effect, and one that I am beyond blessed to be a part of."
You walk into the building on Sunday morning, greeted by smiling faces eager to hand you the sermon outline. You get inside and take your seat, ready to worship and ready to listen: you are at church. Church. What comes to mind when you hear the word?
1 Corinthians 12:27 says, “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” You are the church. We are the church. People are the church. Even if we truly know church is more than a building, do we always think of church beyond our four walls and outside our own congregation?
After more than four years of faithful service with Compassion Connect, we are saying goodbye to our Development Director Scott Schoenborn as he moves on to new life pursuits. A father of five, a climber of mountains, a fluent speaker of Japanese, and a steadfast friend, Scott touched many lives during his time on the team. As he makes his transition, the following are well wishes from several Compassion Connect staff and champions.
Although Gresham churches in two neighborhoods now host Compassion mini-clinics, for many years volunteers ran Gresham's original mini-clinic at Trinity Lutheran Church under the radar, quietly making an impact in the community. Running only in the winter months, it serves as a lifeline for many who desperately need medical services when the weather turns cold. And for many, it offers so much more than a simple doctor's visit.
It’s amazing to see the connection between the survivors and our sweet horses. One survivor said to our severely abused horse, Sonny, ”I get what it’s like to be hurt.” [...] That is one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned though this process. It’s not my journey. I don’t get to decide how fast and how far someone should be along their journey.