About a year and a half ago, I learned of a new ministry called The Hope Movement and the home they planned to open for women coming out of drug and alcohol addiction. Over and over, I felt God’s call to be involved in some way. So, when the house opened last summer, I volunteered to lead a Bible study.
Some of the ladies are there by court order; some are there voluntarily. All of them lead busy lives! In addition to being required to have a job, they have court-ordered classes, community service hours to complete, Celebrate Recovery and/or AA, classes at NPC or GED classes. My schedule for Bible study is every other Monday evening, from 5:30-6:30 pm, but that has to be flexible!
Our studies started with Ephesians, an LVCC classic on being before doing. At the end of Ephesians, we moved straight into Priscilla Shirer’s, The Armor of God. (Thank you again to the Wednesday morning women’s Bible study for taking up a collection to provide workbooks and for loaning the videos.) Their next request was
Esther, a book the women said they liked but didn’t understand. Hopefully, now they (and I) understand it better! Eve – Queen, Bride, Mother and Warrior – will take us through October. In November, we’ll start on the story of Christ’s birth, unless the Holy Spirit prompts another topic.
The highlight of the year was the Beth Moore conference in August. Thanks to the generosity of several LVCC ladies, all of the residents, along with their director and their housemother, were sponsored to attend. All were encouraged and challenged by the teaching, by the experience of being with over 6,000 other women for worship and study, and by the opportunity to attend through the generosity of others.
The challenge for me has been the transient nature of my “flock.” I never know until I show up who may have left or how many new residents have arrived. I can’t say, “Remember from when we studied…” Every time I go, I’m reminded that I may only have one chance to speak truth into someone’s life. – KATHY OLIVE