Lessons From The Run v3

One of the greatest aspects of the Big Lake Half Marathon that I personally took note of were the people.  There were so many fantastic people out on the course that were cheering us on and getting us what we need.  It seemed like every other mile there were groups of people handing out water and gatorade.  At every turn there was a police officer, fireman, or paramedic directing us along the correct route and clapping for us.

water handoffFor me what was even more special about the crew serving to cheer us on were three individuals.  Kyle & Danielle Juza, two of our incredible youth at Impact, were volunteering at a water station.  As we passed mile 7 on the course I was feeling a bit tired.  That when I saw Kyle & Danielle.  They were yelling, cheering, and handing out gatorade to many thirsty runners.  When they saw Jeff and I approaching the cheers, “Go PK!  Go Jeff!  You guys are awesome!” were heard by us.  My legs felt lighter.  The pain went away and I had what I needed to continue the run (the gatorade helped a bit too!).

Jeff and I chugged along looking forward to the end of the run and soon found ourselves near mile marker 10.  Just ahead we recognized Cindy Towne.  Cindy had come out to mile 10 to wait for us and cheer us on.  Even more than that, she ran the last three miles of the race alongside us.  Cindy has faithfully served with Kim and I at Impact for almost eight years and it saddened us a few weeks ago to send she and her husband Jeff out to move on to another church family.  Her being at mile 10 to run the last portion of the race was an enormous support and yet another way that the Towne family has blessed me over the years.

In ministry we need people who will cheer us on.  There may be people who don’t completely get what it is that we do but they still love us and support us.  We need people like that.  As I serve the teenagers at Grace Capital Church there are many adults who could never see themselves connecting with young people but they love the fact that I do.  These people pray for the youth ministry, they support the ministry of youth camp with scholarship funding, they thank me for being faithful to my calling, and they speak well of the youth ministry to others.

We all need people like this that will surround us and cheer us on.  Maybe they will never show up at an event that you put on but they serve in the background as support to you.  Find these people, thank them for how they help you, inform them of things that they can pray for.  You will find that when you have people like this around you ministry happens more effectively.

Where do you find your ministry cheerleaders?  How have they helped you recently?

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