Dear JSBFM team,
Happy Thanksgiving! We hope this update finds you well and ready to head into the crazy holiday season! Here at JSBFM, we know it’s important that you as our supporters have a clear understanding of what our ministry accomplishes throughout the year. This past month has been one of tremendous growth and blessing.
We had the privilege of sharing with two different churches. Each time we speak to a new church, we speak a similar sermon. We know that God has given us a very unique story and that to be good stewards we MUST share aspects of it with those we are ministering to. Every church is different though, and there are different targets we are trying to hit for each one. So regardless of the church, there are about 10 hours of prep for me and seven for Shelly. For each NEW sermon that we preach, there can be up to 20 or even 30 hours of prep time!
A new experience for us this month was our opportunity to travel and speak in Chicago at the national AMRPA convention for rehab hospital CEO’s and administrators. As the keynote speakers for this 3-day conference, we shared about what it looks like for these organizations to serve their patients from a place of humility and compassion.
One of our most important goals as a ministry is to come alongside families in crisis. This month we as a ministry were blessed with a large financial donation to be used to help a family in the area who is struggling with a significant medical crisis. Your donations help families such as this.
Another substantial part of what we do as a ministry is coaching. This month we have been working with three different couples. Before we start coaching, we have already spent extensive time on the phone with a pastor or with the couple. Once we have some clear objectives and full permission from the couple, we start a six-week intensive accountability/coaching curriculum. Each week has specific guidelines and goals. Some of the resources we use in our coaching are Richard Foster’s “Celebration of Discipline” and Gary Chapman’s “The Five Love Languages.” The prep time spent for each week and the phone time spent with each couple makes each six- week session well over 60 hours.
Coaching is often some of our most rewarding work at JSBFM as it allows us to live out the principle found in 1 Corinthians 1:3-11, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
Grace & Peace,
Josh and Shelly
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