What is #CHAT?

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram…you might have seen my posts about #CHAT.  This past weekend was the launch date for this big event in my life!  I am soooooo excited!

Let me fill you in a little about what this is all about.  For a long while I have been working in women’s ministry in my church and in general.  But I now find myself for the past 2 years with not having a place in leadership in this area at my church.  I am also allowing “Resume of a Mother” to evolve into what God would have it to be in terms of ministry.

I had been watching and praying for some of the young girls that come to our kids program and I see them getting bored as they get older with the kids programs and regular church.  Now on a side note…I also work full time at an addiction recovery mission and see what a life full of no guidance etc…can produce.  Woman will come to us with their stories of how and why they began taking drugs.  Many times…they never felt they had someone to reach out to, or that fact that no one reached out to them.  This is not to say that this is the only reason they are on drugs etc…but you can get the idea.  After seeing the young girls in our church losing interest in things of the Lord, I felt a strong tug to reach out to them.

One night a few months ago I went to an impromptu meeting where I heard someone speaking on reaching “one”.  She went on to say that we need to go to where they are and not expect them to come to us.  That night I went home and drew up the plans for #CHAT.  I designed the “win” and what it would be all about.

Here it is in a nutshell…

Reach the “one” by just chatting! So I guess you now understand the title “#CHAT”.  Girls between the ages of 12-16 can come and chat, have a light meal, and learn a skill.  They can sit quiet or chat all night…with no strings attached.  This will give me and my team and chance to get to know them and the same in the reverse.  We want to create a safe haven for them to feel like they have a place to share their heart and there will be no judgement.  There might be an opportunity for guidance, a life verse shared, a hug and a tear or two shared.

Some of the life skills already in place are several craft sessions, makeup 101, quilting, quilling, baking and cooking from the simple to also some international cuisine and more.  I have had many women come and tell me that they would love to come and share their skills with the girls.

At this point I have 28 classes lined up on paper with teachers in mind for most of them.  The club as of right now will run once a month.  We will run it for now for three months and then reevaluate it and see what we think were the positives and negatives of the entire night.

Pray with me that this new style girls club will be effective in reaching one girls heart and for us to make a difference that can mold, guide and potentially save a life from going in the wrong direction.

Lynn A. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Why do Church? Why do Faith?…

Here it is another Sunday and some of us have spent the morning in some type of church service.  What did you do this Sunday Morning?  Do you spend it in church….if so did you ever ask yourself why?  Why do I do this…is it tradition, or something that you are just supposed to do?

I was brought up going to church most Sunday’s when I was young. Then later I watched my parents, as I was approaching my teen years make a bigger commitment to church.  Something gripped their hearts and I could see a life change in them.

We would go as a family to every event. My parents would make sure that each of us girls had a job to do and made us feel part of what they did.  We never felt like we were going with them to the event or service but that we were actually part of it!

When I was very young, I accepted Jesus into my heart and I knew that it was real. As I grew older and began to serve with my parents….my desire grew for the things of the Lord too.

Why do Church? Why do Faith? …I am not sure why you do what you do but for me it is truth and real.  I know that Jesus is my Lord and Savior and I know what I do will matter for eternity.  I am far from perfect and there are days I could hang my head in shame for the way I have acted.  But I know that a heart to heart talk with Jesus and a confession of the soul will make all things good again.

I now am privileged to serve alongside of my husband, married son and daughter –in-law and younger son too.  We all serve in different ways…some youth, some to teens, men’s groups, women’s group, in the kitchen, community work and more.  We support each other in the work being done whether we are involved that day or not.

We raised our kids the same way our parents raised us. By showing by example and teaching them our faith. In the end it was still their choice to make. They all needed to make it a personal decision and not based on what we did or think.

I hope that you too know the Lord….if not why not pray to Him today.  Read John 3:16!

Have a wonderful day today and know that Jesus Loves you!

Lynn A. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

….A person who touched a life!

Have you ever had a person who touched your life in such a way that it was life changing?  I have had several people in my life who have done this but there was one person in particular that left a huge impact for me.  Most of you would not even know who this person is or even have ever met her.  Let me tell you a little about her and what made her different.

img_0246She was born to the Wilson family over in the continent of Africa….while she was a very young girl, her parents, my in-laws became missionaries.  She grew up on the mission field learning how to serve others, love people who many might not love and in doing this she found her love of children.  Eventually she moved to New Jersey and her life continued in serving others and teaching children.  Annette loved crafts and enjoyed being with her family and helping her mom with setting the Sunday table for the guests, family and missionaries that would come to “The Sunday Meal”, as they said in the family.

I came on the picture when Annette was a grown woman and living in NJ.  She moved here with her parents and 3 brothers to set up home here.  I met Annette and her brother Graeme at a “College and Career” event at church and from there Annette and I became good friends and later her brother Graeme became my husband.

There is not a week that does not go by that I do not see a craft, a little something in a store, a bible verse or just a thought that brings me back to the Memory of this special lady.

Annette passed away at the age of 41 but left a legacy to many and I am one of the many!  Picture of sunset, Cotswolds, England March 2005Annette’s last days were spent at a children’s camp where she was a counselor to them, a friend, a mentor and someone they could feel safe with and share their hearts.  Annette was on top of a green grassy hill, sitting in the sunshine, and under a large tree.  I can just picture her sitting there with her beautiful full red hair blowing in the breeze that day as she taught 5 or 6 young girls how to do needle work.  All of a sudden she had a very painful headache and went to the infirmary for some meds and the rest is history.  In that short moment in time….Annette passed from the green img_0323grass to the streets of gold. Needless to say shock was the term we all used and these young girls were left wondering where Miss Annette went.

I share this with you because the last moment of time of what always stays with me.  Annette took the time from her schedule first of all to spend time at a camp to teach a counsel.  She took the time to sit with young girls and listen to their stories and hearts.  She took the time to teach a craft that is a lost art of many of us.  She took the time to invest in a life.

Annette will always remain my sister-in-law that passed away suddenly…..but she will always be the woman who left a lifelong memory of being there for others, being there to serve in places that I might not necessarily want to serve, being a woman who taught me to remember that children were a gift that the Lord sent us and that He said let the little children come unto me!

Thank you …Annette for this lifelong lesson that you taught me.  I am still here carrying on your work of teaching children in our kids program at church and carrying on your lesson of investing in others’ lives.

Take up the challenge and carry on the touch of a life lesson that someone taught you or showed you.  Don’t let their life and memories fade away.

Let me know what the torch is that you are carrying on….how are you investing in other lives?  I would so love to hear from you!

Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother