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I am covering two weeks on this post. Fall has finally arrived and some cooler temps. We have changed out the Summer clothes for the Fall/Winter clothes in the clothes closets and we have seen an increase in clients coming in for clothes and housewares. On Wednesday we served 13 clients (some with family sizes of 5 or 6) and gave away 164 items of clothing. It’s a blessing to be able to serve these families and to make sure that the little ones will have warm clothes for the colder months.

I was excited to have Kiowa come volunteer Last Monday. She had been gone for two weeks on training in Europe and had a day off before going back to work, so she came and volunteered with me. She also volunteered at the Fall Festival on the 26th. Unfortunately, we were soaked an hour in by a torrential downpour and had to pack up. You never know in Georgia when it might rain! It was still a success and over 150 people were able to get information on community resources and the kids had fun on bounce houses, getting their hair painted, making slime, making sand art and doing other fun activities. We were able to give out toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste to families and we were blessed with the appearance of a full rainbow.

I had to stay home Monday-Wednesday of this week due to my car being worked on, but I used the time to create a Faith based Facebook group for single moms in Lowndes County and the surrounding area. I will also be involved with In His Grace Ministries (a support group for single parents that meets once a month at a local church) and am stepping out to be a liaison between the two ministries and single moms in the community. If you know me or have read my blog at all, then you know that serving single moms has been a passion of mine for many years. I am excited to help single moms build community with each other, as well as providing online Bible studies, resources, information to help in the struggle, and a safe place to share our hopes, dreams and hardships. Being a single mom can be isolating. This is my way to bring single moms together in support of each other. If we can build that village of mutual support and encouragement, helping each other along the way, our kids will benefit.

I was also able to use the extra time to finish my program to become a certified Biblical lay counselor. I have always wanted to counsel/coach/mentor single moms. This does not make me a “licensed professional” but it does allow me to counsel from a lay position. Everything I have longed for and have waited 15 to 20 years for is being realized in this moment. God’s timing is perfect. When I try to control things, I make a mess of things but when I wait on God’s timing and will things fall into place. I am imperfect, but I continue to learn!

The garden is growing! Our cabbage, collards, broccoli, kale and basil are doing great! This week we planted carrots and lettuce. We have had some intruders on some of our crops and have had to take action early on to prevent further infestations. We want our crops to grow and produce healthy, strong fruits and vegetables and that won’t happen if we let garden pests take over. The same goes with our Christian walk. we need to guard our hearts and our lives or sin will creep in and take over, crowding out anything good that we might plant in our lives. We have to repent and dig sin out by the root in order to make sure that we keep growing and produce good fruit. Who knew that we could learn life lessons from gardening?

On a personal note: 

My savings is dwindling. I live a frugal life and have stretched it as far as I possibly could, but circumstances crop up that need money. I mentioned my 13 year old car needing fixed. I was blessed to have the husband of an intern at Living Bridges fix my car. He is a mechanic and charged me nothing in labor, however I have had to pay about $650.00 in parts since Saturday. If you have been moved in any way by my life on mission here in South Georgia, I am asking if you will partner with me to see how God works in not just my life but the community as well. God is working in Living Bridges Ministry. Classes are being added and we are reaching the community to make sure that those who are in need are being reached. Through Living Bridges God is at work in Valdosta and the surrounding community and I am blessed to be a small part of it. I also ask that you continue praying about my heart issues. I wore a holter monitor last Thursday to Friday. I have an ultrasound on next Thursday and a stress test on November 19th. Other than an occasional heart flutter, I feel fine.

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