As you might know I was asked to add to my current responsibilities the Interim Director of our Hope Gardens Family Center for the past four months. During the four months we’ve had a series of leadership challenges including two evacuations for fire and flood.
This week we got relief.
The senior leadership team has asked Betty to come to Hope Gardens to take the helm. The two of us will be using this year to create new ministries, develop the spiritual culture of the center, and to train up the next management team to take over in 12-18 months.
We will be moving into a small apartment on the Hope Gardens campus for three days a week. This arrangement will not only benefit Hope Gardens families and staff but it will be an excellent opportunity for Betty to gets hands on experience. This is, in many ways, a new beginning for Betty as she lives within their community ministering to those experiencing homelessness while she uses her giftedness to reproduce the next generation of leaders.
We see this as a valuable partnership for Deed and Truth ministries. We will have so many opportunities to make meaningful changes in the culture, the facility, the staff, and the manner in which ministry is done for the kingdom.
The good news is that we will actually see each other a little more as we serve together given I have been living on Skid Row during the weekdays for the past two years.
We already have a number of Deed and Truth projects planned. We will start to reveal them in next week’s blog.
Welcome Aboard Betty… Pray for her on this new endeavor as she takes the helm of Hope Gardens, the temporary home for 65 mothers and their 150 children plus 25 senior ladies. This is a big transition for Betty but we see God’s calling in this ministry opportunity.
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30-31
– Pastor Dan