Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Discover your Ministry

 How do we find our place to minister? It is easy: 

Do what you like and are good at doing.

Here is a letter by a woman from College Hill Presbyterian Church who left Procter and Gamble to do volunteer ministry. One of her talents and gifts was teaching and she was an excellent swimmer.  She put them together and started a ministry that focused on healing adults and children of their fear of water. Now she and her team teach and pray for hundreds annually.

She trains all her staff to use the Sweeten Life Relationship Skills.  Read what they did this summer!

"And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good." Genesis 1:31. 

It was a great summer with the kind of weather for which Swimming Teachers pray. I know that I say this every year, but you really were the best staff ever. Here are some end-of-summer housekeeping items:

STATISTICS  I was asked to share the statistics I quoted about the summer, so here they are:
We had a paid staff of 118. 

We spent over $16,000 in salaries and gave over $4400 in swim scholarships.  

403 people were involved — swimmers and staff — ages 75 to barely 3.  

We taught 651 lesson hours in 3 weeks!  

When I was asked how I was doing, I'd simply reply, "I feel like the booking agent for the greatest show on earth." Phil 4:13, but I wasn't alone.
I am very grateful for the incredible physical and prayer support of other adults on staff and literally hundreds of people praying for the Ministry throughout this summer. God not only 'showed up' at Swim Ministry, He did unbelievable miracles in our midst!

"And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good." Genesis 1:31.  

Sharlyn 'Sam' Star'

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