Tue, Aug 9, 2011
- What lessons will I be able to take from this field placement to my future ministry?
- What has working in this field placement taught me about myself?
- How has my work in this ministry impacted my relationship with God?
- What has this field placement taught/shown me about other people?
Cadets Dennis and Mary Maybury, along with their daughter Demara, have been spending their summer in the community of Parry Sound at the Rainbow County Church. They share some of their experiences with us.
Dennis: Here in Parry Sound, I am very encouraged by the way the officers nurture and support those in leadership positions, to conduct their ministry. This has shown me that your ministry can be very effective when you involve others, build relationships, and instill confidence in your corps members. It reconfirms that all members of the body of Christ are important, and that everyone should be encouraged and supported to use and develop their gifts.
This field placement has taught me to be organized and plan ahead. Organization and planning allows Mary and I to be ready when unexpected issues come up in the ministry and not to feel rushed.
My relationship with God continues to grow stronger, as I consistently rely on Him. I find daily strength in Jesus Christ.
Mary: One of the lessons I will take from this field placement is the importance of organization. Our corps officers are a model of organization, juggling the responsibilities of a busy corps, running a household and caring for their children. I have been very encouraged as I watch them in their mission for the Lord.
I have been responsible for hospital visits, as well as visits to personal care homes. I have led cottage meetings, where we all meet at different homes for fellowship, and I have taught Sunday School classes. I have also been learning about the administrative part of things, and I am off to Camp Newport to assist there. I have learned that having knowledge of all aspects of the ministry is of significant importance, because there are times when staff are ill, or have appointments, and officers will have to take on their roles.
I have learned that the more I am involved in doing things, the more confidence I gain. Through visitations at the hospital, and personal care homes I have been able to really show and pour out love and care for the seniors. They are very special to me.
My relationship with God has grown in these past few weeks, and I see Him moving in a mighty way, as He leads, guides and protects. He has placed me in some wonderful ministries, and has shown me that “I can do All things through Christ who strengthens me.” Through Christ, I am growing in faith.
As far as personalities are concerned, we are all different, and therefore it is important that we respect others despite our differences. We all sin and fall short of the glory of God, but God still loves us just the same, and therefore we should love as Jesus loves. Love is the greatest gift of all.