We were blessed to participate in a Biblical Counselor’s conference and to make a little more head way towards becoming certified Biblical Counselors. With additional reading and evaluated counseling sessions, we still have a ways to go. However, this activity has been enjoyable and a ministry enriching professional development effort.
Highlighted Weekly/Routine Activity
We took a different approach to leader training this month and met one-on-one in the homes of four team leaders. It cost us more time this way, but it was definitely worth it. The one-on-one approach allowed us to connect on a personal and deeper level through discussions, questions and prayer. While the Naval Station Everett and Seattle Coast Guard Base workplace groups continue working through the book of Nehemiah; we kicked off a new series at Joint Base Lewis McChord, (see the God Sighting) entitled: “Virtues of Effective Leadership – Who am I Becoming?.” We are using the book Believe, Living The Story of The Bible To Become Like Jesus.
In addition to the workplace disciple group sessions, one-on-one mentoring sessions were numerous and particularly productive (I wish I could share the details in this document, but I can’t). Bobbie addressed a large Mothers of Pre-Schooler’s group at a church with a large concentration of NAS Whidbey Island military families. She spoke on keeping children and spouses encouraged during times of absence brought on by deployment. In addition, she was able to meet with local OCF spouses and the Whidbey Island team leader’s spouse (the team leader is presently deployed).
God Sightings of the Month
The on post restaurant where the JBLM OCF Gathering usually meets closed for the season. When I heard of the closing, I asked the manager about it. The manager responded, “Yes, we are closing for the season but, we will open for your group, we love your group.” Blew me away! Though closed for the season, The Bistro staff offered to open just for us. How can they afford to do that? I don’t know, but it is working. The staff knows our attendance numbers fluctuate, but that did not concern them. How gracious!
The Lakewood City Community Church, located outside of JBLM, serves as a partner in ministry. One of our key team leaders (John Haddick) is an Elder at the church and several participants of OCF studies attend the church. Individually, I had been unsuccessful getting Stu Weber to the area; however, the church was successful attracting him to preach at several services and to speak to their men’s group. It was a pleasure sharing breakfast with Stu and the men Lakewood City Community Church.