Every month, ROP staff are asked to prepare reports answering the following:
- Please share a story of life change or Kingdom impact with your participants;
- Please share a story of how volunteers grew spiritually or in the development of ministry skills;
- Please share a story of something really cool that a volunteer did this month;
- Is there anything else you would like to share about something that happened in your ministry this month (negative or positive)? and
- Please share a couple prayer requests (ministry or personal)
Most of the answers are very encouraging and poigant reminders of why ROP exists. Of course, answers to the last couple questions are often not as encouraging, but are needed reminders of where prayer and other actions may be needed.
On Friday, May 4th, ROP will be holding our Annual Dinner at Colorado Community Church where we will be celebrating God’s Faithfulness over the first 10 years of ROP’s ministry. The evening will begin with some awesome worship, expressing our thankfulness to God for His faithfulness. Most of the rest of the evening participants, volunteers and staff will be sharing some of our favorite stories over the last year and last 10 years. But you should now that wonderful stories are happening every month. Here’s a brief glimpse of a few of the stories shared by our staff just last month (March).
- The students in one of our ESL classes decided to pray for one of their fellow students struggling with vision issues.
- The husband of a student in another ESL class was tragically killed in a work related accident. Several ROP staff and volunteers attended the funeral and ROP was able to provide our building for the reception.
- A Work Readiness student is working hard to improve his reading skills.
- A regular participant in our Wednesday lunch outreach to the homeless asked for prayer from several volunteers that God would help her leave her life of addiction and bad decisions. Another participant was convicted of his need to return to Jesus and a good church.
- Refugee Outreach Director, Lucy Bruser, had the privilege of leading 3 ladies into a relationship with Jesus at a TUMI related Resurrection Day evangelistic outreach. (TUMI is a seminary level program for urban church leaders.)
- Work Readiness had an Easter Party in which 2 Mormons, 1 Muslim and 2 Christian students chose to participate.
- Another ESL teacher reports that more of her students are coming to class twice each week because she is helping them work on gaining their US citizenship.
- A Work Readiness volunteer blessed the Director and the program by preparing solution keys for new curriculum.
- A Wednesday Lunch Outreach volunteer is considering expanding the program by leading a similar outreach on another day of the week.
- Numbers are decreasing in our ESL program mostly because students are getting day jobs.
- One of our strong male volunteers in the food bank is moving out of town. We are praying for a replacement or two.
- One week, several teens decided to play soccer which gave Teen Ministries Director, Matt Smith, and lead volunteer, Rick Randall an opportunity to spend more time in prayer and then work with one student and teach him a Bible story which he was able to share back.
- Kids who earned enough stars in our children’s ministries were able to go ice-skating, many for the first time
I love reading these stories every month and hope you too are encouraged by these brief snap shots from ROP’s ministry. At our dinner on Friday May 4th, attendees will be able to hear directly from volunteers, participants and staff about how God has used their involment with ROP to impact their lives. It promises to be a great evening of celebration. Hope you will consider joining us. To RSVP simply send a quick email to [email protected]*.
* ROP’s Celebrating God’s Faithfulness dinner is being held at Colorado Community Church’s Upper Room, 15445 E. Iliff Ave., Aurora 80013. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served promptly at 6 p.m.
** If you cannot attend, but would like to make a special gift in support of ROP’s ministry, click on this link, and remember gifts from first time donors, new monthly donation commiments and increases in monthly commitments all qualify for a $10k matching grant.