Give Thanks with A Grateful Heart - Cultured

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By Chaffawn Smith, Cultured Program Director

"It is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." - 2 Corinthians 4:15

"Gratitude to God is a joyful emotion. We have a sense of joyful indebtedness for his grace. So in a sense in the very emotion of gratitude, we are still the beneficiaries. But by its very nature, gratitude glorifies the giver. When we feel thankful, we acknowledge our need and God’s beneficence, God’s fullness, the riches of his glory." - John Piper 

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I am thankful for this year of change and being intentional. Routine and the usual way of doing things can prevent us from thinking outside the box with ministry. However, the COVID pandemic has given us the opportunity to be more engaged and personally involved in the students' and leaders' lives. As we entered back into Phase One in Seattle, we again had to alter our schedule and ministry for the third time. Everything feels crazy and unexpected, but we are ready and willing to take on the challenge.

While we are continuing ministry, we've shifted back to meeting virtually. We are planning virtual cooking classes, online paint and dip activities, and Wednesday Cultured nights via Zoom while still engaging on social media. Currently, we are in contact with 30 students via small groups and one-on-ones. I'm thankful that even during this crazy time, God is still at work. He has blessed us with our health and the ability to connect with young people in love.

Virtual Ministry Needs - 

There are a few ways you can help us as we seek to make our virtual ministry successful during this time. 

  • Food donations for use during our online cooking class with 15 to 30 students.
  • A volunteer to serve as our cooking class instructor.
  • Art supplies for use during our virtual paint nights: 30 canvases, paint pallets, and brushes.
  • Snacks that can easily be delivered to students' homes.

If you are able to help with any of these things or would like more information, please email me at [email protected].

PRAY

  • Pray we get the supplies we need for virtual ministry.
  • Pray for my friend, Elisia Horton, her mother is very ill with COVID and is not doing well.
  • Pray for students as they experience mental strain from constantly being at home.

DISCOVER

We are thankful to have two interns serving with us this year. They began their internship in September of this year and have both been stepping in to serve in amazing ways during these constantly changing times.

Alera is the Bomb.com! I appreciate her hard work and dedication. She is someone I can depend on; I would say she is my right hand woman. While I have only known her for a few months, I already feel like she is family. Alera always thinks ahead and accomplishes things in ways that exceed my expectations. My weaknesses are her strengths.

I can only imagine how much more God will going to grow her through this internship. She literally blew me away with her creativity, her love for God, and her love for the youth. There is no doubt God brought her to Cultured. I pray she will get what she needs out of the ministry, seek after truth in God, and let God continue use her tremendously with the youth.

Erin is as sweet as pie and someone you can count on. She is always willing to say 'yes' and show up when needed. Erin immediately made connections with the youth. This one time, a student had a bad day. Erin took a walk with them to the store and bought their favorite things. She is very empathetic and loves people with ease.

It is beautiful to know that she truly cares about the students and the ministry. She is soft spoken, but as strong as a lioness. I pray God would grow her in her boldness and that she would know more of how God can use her in this ministry. 

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