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Receiving Well

Our staff enjoys reading books together as a way of continuing education. We are currently reading through The Art of Neighboring by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon. This week’s chapter was titled The Art of Receiving. The chapter begins by asking if you’ve ever been in a one-sided relationship, one where you are the giver.  Maybe it is a situation you’ve taken on to try to help someone in need.  Often we jump into these relationships with gusto, looking forward […]

The Value of Staying on the Journey

I’ve been involved with a lot of different ministries over my lifetime.  I’ve enjoyed providing a meal for a family that’s recently had a baby, helping serve food at a homeless shelter, painting a building for a ministry, teaching English overseas and so on.  I’ve also been involved in long-term ministry where I’ve had to commit my time on an ongoing basis, had to learn another language and culture, or had to take my time building relationships with someone who […]

Gifting Dignity

It’s that time of year again!  The month of celebrating Christ’s birth, of time with family and friends, sounds of Salvation Army bells and smells of wassail and Christmas cookies!  A time to be generous.  These are good things.  Special things.  Things that come from heart as we become more and more aware of our own blessings. As we think about giving and blessing others I’d like to share a story with you.  A true story.  A story of a […]

A Huge Volunteer Victory!

After Saturday’s win against Georgia, you probably think I’m talking about the Big Orange!  Though that was definitely an awesome victory, I’m actually talking about a different type of volunteer teamwork that we’ve experienced since we’ve moved into The Village. Making the move to The Village has been exciting, for sure, but it’s also been a lot of work, much more work than we could possibly handle as a staff.  That’s where the incredible volunteer teamwork came into play!  These […]

Cost of Poverty Experience

Poverty is an epidemic in the United States affecting an estimated 46 million Americans. Knox County is no different than the rest of the US. Though we have a thriving community with much wealth and growth, one out of six in our county lives in poverty. Poverty Rate in Knox County: For those of us who do not fall into the poverty category we most likely have a very difficult time truly understanding what life is like for those who […]

God is Making All Things New

These past couple of months have been really busy for me. I’ve been a certified Faith and Finance facilitator for a couple of years but have recently been going through the process of becoming certified as a Lead Trainer or a ‘Trainer of Trainers’. Faith and Finances is a program through The Chalmers Center out of Chattanooga. You might know them as the authors of When Helping Hurts. For years we have used different types of financial curriculum at The […]