1-3-6-Functions of Management
Read Exodus 17: 10-13
Aron and Hur stood by Moses’ side and held up his arms to ensure victory against Amalek. We need to “lift up the hands” of our spiritual leaders as well. Shouldering some responsibility, lending a word of encouragement, or offering a prayer are ways of refreshing spiritual leaders in their work.
The Amalekites, descendants from Esau, hated the israelites. After Moses led the victory against this enemy, he was visited by his father-in-law. The two helped each other: Jethro gave Moses wise advice about delegating responsibility, and Moses told Jethro about God’s faithful care of the israelites. Moses showed several qualities of a good leader. He relied on God and gave him credit for victory. Moses also accepted help, was teachable, and kept his priorities straight. He learned to delegate responsibility and trusted others to lead.
The alternative to dictatorship in decision-making is team-leadership. We have heard a lot about the team concept in the last years. In our own organization, there is a strong movement among our field leadership groups to move toward a team emphasis….
“What makes a good manager?” someone asked Yogi Berra.
“A good ball club,” Yogi replied.
Leadership is teamwork, coaching, creativity – and the synergy of a group of people inspired by their leader.
(From The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make by Hans Finzel)
Whether you’re a leader or a follower, you can follow Moses’ example and the Bible’s instructions for leaders. Do you rely on God, accept help in decision-making, trust and support others in leadership? How can you work better with your leaders and followers? Ask God to help you be a willing team player.
When and how have you needed your faith propped up?
What battle has God won in your life lately? What would you name your alter: “The Lord is my _____?
It is not unusual for persons in their early twenties to defect from their early teaching. The reasons are many. Perhaps their exposure to unbelief “took” better than their exposure to belief. This is often the case, for the Bible says, “The heart of man is deceitful above all things.” The human heart is as prepared by sin to accept unbelief as faith. Some person they regard very highly has undoubtedly influenced their thinking; and for the time being they look on their early training as “bunk.” As someone has said, “A little learning may take a man away from God, but full understanding will bring him back.” Some of the staunchest Christians I know are people who had periods in their life when they questioned the Bible, Christ, and God. But as they continued to examine the matter, there was overwhelming evidence that only “the fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”
(From Day by Day with Billy Graham by Joan W. Brown)
Remember God’s protection and bountiful provisions. let these memories keep you humble, thankful, and full of belief. How are your beliefs changing? Growing or dissolving? Maturing or disintegrating? Hang on to the elements in your life that promote growth. Cut off activities and relationships that cause you to sin and replace them with ones that help you grow.
Functions of Management
Today managers are masters of making things happen. This most important function is to get people excited and inspired. Great managers create for more energy then they consume.
Managers still provide vision, establish organizational goals, and determine shared values. However, managers must establish a corporate infrastructure – skills training, teams and so forth – that supports empowerment.
Managers must be coaches trainers, colleagues, and cheer leaders, to those they work with. The main concern of today’s managers needs to be shaping a more supportive environment. It means that you provide training, resources, and authority to do their jobs, and then you get out of the way, until thy fall, and then you help them pick up the pieces. A key is to establish a spirit of openness.
Plan-Buy a planning calendar and keep it up to date. Set aside 20 minutes at the beginning of your business day to set your priorities for the day. D your highest priority first and your lowest priority last. Assign assistants the tasks of intercepting and destroying junk mail. Set aside at least 20 minutes at the end of your business day to tie up loose ends.
Communicate the task. Describe exactly what you want done, when you want it done, and what end results you expect.
Furnish context for the task. Explain why the task needs to be done, its importance in the overall scheme of things, and possible complications that may arise during its performance.
Determine standards. Agree on the standards that you will use to measure the success of a task’s completion. These standards should be realistic and attainable.
Grant authority. You must grant the authority necessary to complete the task without constant road blocks or standoffs.
Provide support. Determine the resources necessary to complete the task and then provide them. Successfully completing a task may require money, training, advice, and other resources.
Get commitment. make sure that the assignment has been accepted. Confirm their expectations and understanding.
Great organizations need great management. How ever great management does not necessarily make a great organization. For an organization to be great, it must also have great leadership. Leaders have vision.
Leaders, challenge others to achieve goals, create a compelling vision of the future, and then unlocking the potential. Leaders apply these skills:
Inspire-to take action and to achieve great things. Leaders clear the roadblocks to creativity and pride. The help people to tap into energy and initiative that they didn’t know they had.
Communicate-leadership is a two way interchange of ideas where leaders create a vision, develop and communicate ideas of how best to reach the vision.
Support and facilitate.
The best leaders are trainers – that is, individuals who guide, discuss, and encourage others on their journey. A trainer is a colleague, counselor, and cheerleader, all rolled into one.
Trainers set goals.
Trainers support and encourage.
Trainers emphasize team success over individuals success (Winning takes the combined efforts of all members of a team).
Trainers can quickly assess the talents and shortfalls of team members – tailor their approach.
Trainers inspire the members of their team.
Trainers create environments that allow individuals to be successful.
Trainers provide feedback.
Have an agenda,
Start on time and end on time (or sooner).
Have fewer but better meetings,
Think inclusion not exclusion,
Maintain the focus
Capture action items,
J. Hudson Taylor, the great missionary statesman and founder of the China Inland Mission, prepare himself for missionary service by doing “gospel work” in London among the people “in the lowest part of town.” On one occasion, as he was finishing up his work late aat night, he was stopped by a man who asked if he would come and pray with his sick wife. Indeed the man confessed that he did not even have money to buy food for his starving family.
Taylor agreed to go to his home, but immediately his conscience was stricken. He too was living on virtually a starvation diet, but he had money – a half crown – in his pocket. It was all the money he had, and his own food was running out.
Taylor spoke to them, trying to bring comfort and encouragement, but the words struck in his throat. “Something within me cried, ‘You hypocrite! telling these unconverted people about a kind and loving father in heaven, and not prepared yourself to trust him without a half a crown.’” With nothing to say, Taylor determined to get the visit over quickly so he offered to pray as the man had initially requested.
When Taylor got up from his knees he was so distraught that the man asked him what was wrong. The man could never have understood, but Taylor himself knew what was wrong and there was only one remedy. He dug deep into his pocket for his half-crown and gave it to the man. “And how the joy came back in full flood tide to my heart!… Not only was the poor woman’s life saved, but my life as fully realized had been saved too.”
(From Sacred Stories by Ruth A. Tucker)
Obedience to God’s Word and submission to his will result in spiritual prosperity. Many times in our life we may have asked the question, “What does God want of me?” God wants us to walk in and obey his ways found in the Bible, love and serve him with all our heart, soul, mind and spirit. Thank God that he has made plain his will for us and that he will help us to do it.
The Person of Christ.
It is important to appreciate the influence of the person of Christ on the gospel writers. A brief statement from W.D. Davies (Invitation to the New Testament, p. 115) illustrates this: “It is more likely that the trust, the creativity, the originality which lies behind the Gospel tradition of the works and words of Jesus should be credited to him rather than to the body of Christians. The kind of penetrating insight preserved in the Gospels points…to a supreme source in a single person, Jesus, rabbi and prophet.”
A Sense of Mission
The early Christians were concerned with Jesus’ words and His commission to them to proclaim the message. Peter asserted, “we cannot but speak the things which we saw and heard” (Acts 4:20). They spoke “all the words of this Life” (Acts 5:20). John writes that the apostles declared all that they saw and heard (1 John 1:1-3). Paul called himself a debtor to preach the Gospel (Rom. 1:14-15), and he faithfully passed on to his hearers “that which also I received (1 Cor. 15:3). In time this proclamation was written; thus came the gospels as well as the rest of the New Testament.
Personal Testimony of John Tatum – Men’s Abuse Forum Host
I will now go into some information about myself, I will write a brief
biography on myself to tell you all about me. I hope that you will
find this enlightening.
I was born 22-July-1968 at about 10:45am at Martin Luther Hospital in
Anaheim, California. My parents are Joni Bayorek, a retired nurse
born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and James William Tatum, retired
Vice-President of the Wholesale Division of Mark C. Bloome tire. This
was the second marriage for both of my parents and I am the only child
born from this union. I have one half-brother (James Daniel Brown,
but he goes by the name Tatum now), who is from my mother’s first
marriage, (I did not know he was my half-brother until my paternal
grandmother suggested that my father go back to his first wife —
since his divorse is a sin from the Catholic point of view — when I
pressed I found out about the prior marriages, and that my brother was
my half-brother.). My father has about 5 children from his first
marriage, but I have not met any of them.
My father was abusive to his first wife and children, so his wife
decited to go to bed with his best friend (a police officer), and when
he came home from work he found them together. His wife won full
custody from the courts and married his best friend. My mother’s
first husband was an alcoholic, and she left him after one of his
bindges when my brother was about 5 years old. Then she met my fa-
ther, who was at that time a NASCAR (Stock Car) driver, on the racing
circut. They moved to Florida, where my mother opened a beauty shop.
After a few years, my father quit race car driving, they sold the
beauty shop and moved to California. My mother then started nursing
school, and was working as a nurses aid to work her way thru school,
when I was born.
In 1978, my brother had just moved away from home when he had a motor-
cycle accident. My father helped him get a job with a local Mark. C.
Bloome tire store, and my brother earned his way up to lead mechanic
before his accident so he had 100% insurance coverage. He was visit-
ing his girlfriend, when one of his bud’s wanted to go for a race.
His friend was in a car and he was on his motorcycle, they proceeded
to race down the street, when a cat crossed the street. The other
cars on the street stopped so they would not hit the cat, and my
brother hit the brakes so he would not hit the cars. At this point
his motorcycle hit a stop sign (where it remained flattened for almost
a year), and he was impailed upon a telephone pole. He did not frac-
ture any bones, but he dammaged every internal organ except for his
brain. Upon impact his heart stopped for 70 seconds. He was lucky
that there was a high school kid home sick from school, who called the
paramedics (no body else wanted to stick around). He stayed in the
hospital for almost a year, where he had about 16 surgeries. When he
came home, my mother needed to work (since for as long as my parents
were married my father was of the opinion that he would make the house
and car payments, but if my mother wanted utilities, food, or clothing
for her or the kids, she HAD to work), so I took care of my brother
while she worked and slept (she worked the “graveyard” shift so she
could be home with us durring the day, but she slept most of the day).
My brother had two chest tubes that needed to be flushed and suctioned
every two hours, and due to the dammage of his intestines he had a
temporary colostomy, so his stool exited thru his abdomen into a
plastic bag, and I also changed those bags for him. As well as his
medical care at home, I also prepaired all of his meals. He was sent
home from the hospital since my mother was a nurse, but I did his
care. I did not attend school ever since his accident, until just
before he moved out of the house again (about two years), and I did
all of my assignements at home next to his bed as I cared for him.
A short while after my brother moved out after his accident, my mother
was diagnosed with uterine cancer and she had a complete hysterectomy,
and had her uterius and all connecting tissues removed. A week after
the surgery after she returned home, my father got into one of his
moods, and hit her in the abdomen, this is when I bodily threw my
father out of the house.
I put up with all the abuse my father had to offer for many years. He
could not get angry at work due to his position in the company, so he
would save it up and bring it home. My brother was not home most of
the time, and my mother was at work, so I bore the brunt of most of
his abuse. His hitting my mother was the last straw, and I told him I
would kill him if he ever returned. I gave him the opportunity to
pick up his personal belongings about a week later, and told him to be
at the house by 7pm and he was a “no show” so at 7:20 I threw all of
his belongings on the front lawn and when he showed up at 10pm, he
took all he could carry. The next morning I boxed up all he left and
called Goodwill to pick it all up.
My father shows all of the signs of being a sociopath (no moral direc-
tion in control of his actions). My mother was diagnosed with border-
line Schitzophrenia over in about 1980 or so, but it was not present
due to her keeping busy with work.
In 1987, my mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, and I turned down
a job at the Everest & Jennings wheelchair company so that I could
stay home and take care of her. She had both breasts removed, and a
ton of radiation and chemotherapies. The Chemo and Radiation caused a
chemical inbalance, and she started having violent mood swings, to the
point where she pulled out a knife on me at about 3am on the 20th of
August 1991. That same day I placed a temporary restraining order on
her, and moved in with an aquantience of mine, Jeffrey Sharp. My
mother found out where I was staying and would call numerious times a
day and would use profanity and be verbally abusive with whomever
answered the telephone. This is when I decited to make my “Temporary”
(30 day) restraining order into a “Permanient” (3 year) restraining
Between the time I moved out of my mother’s home and December 1st of
1991, I was looking for a place to live. This was very difficult from
many fronts. The place I was staying was rocky to say the least, I
was staying in a 2 bedroom apartment, with two unrelated roommates. I
was sleeping on their sofa, and anytime that someone would need to
leave before I was awake, or would come home after I have gone to bed,
was uncomfortable for them to say the least. This grew into a bit of
an uncomfortable situation, and I was highly modivated to move. I was
looking in the newspaper every day with little luck. At that time I
was making $723 per month in Social Security Disability and Supplimen-
tal Security Income, and trying to find a place that I could afford
and that would accept me as a tennant was hard to find. I could not
rent a room due to: 1) most homes not accessable and my using a
wheelchair quite often, 2) most people who rent rooms do not want a
tennant that is home greater than 90% of the time, 3) most did not
include kitchen and laundry privlidges….So I knew I needed an apart-
ment of my own. But most landlords or management companies will not
rent to you unless you make triple the cost of rent in income. I
finally found a small (9 apartment) complex in Anaheim, that said, if
I prommise to make the $550 per month in rent, they will accept me and
allow me to make payments towards my $350 security deposit. I agreed,
and I moved in December 1, 1991.
This apartment in Anaheim was not ideal, it was an upstairs apartment,
and the carpet was the original carpet from when the buliding was
first built (late 40’s early 50’s), and the electrical system was just
as old, but it worked. I had LifeLine Telephone Service, with Pacific
Telephone, and Low Income Rate Assistance with the Southern California
Gas Company, but the City of Anaheim Utilities (electric/water/gar-
bage/sewage) had no discount rate, so my utilities were usually in the
$150 range each month. This left me with $30 or less each month for
food, transportation, and any other needs. I called the local food
banks, churches, etc. for food assistance, but they all told me that
since I could not get to them, they could not help me whatsoever. I
even called the MelodyLand Christian Center across the street from
Disneyland, and they said that they delievered. They told me to call
on Monday mornings at 8am when their office opened up, and if I was
one of the first 40 to call that morning, they would be able to give
me a box of food. For 6 months I called, I recieved either a busy
signal, or I was told that all 40 positions were taken for that week,
and to try next week (they would only help you out with one box of
food per month). After 6 months of trying, they finally told me that
they could not help me because I was single. It was looking dark with
no light at the end of the tunnel. I, at that time was on the waiting
list for the Anaheim Housing Authority (not because I wanted to live
in Anaheim, but because I lived in Anaheim, I was told that the Orange
County Housing Authority could not help me and requested that I apply
in Anaheim (I first signed up when things started to get hot at home
in February of 1989, and my number has not been called as of this
time.). There was another way to get help from the HUD “Section 8”
program without going thru the housing authorities, this was by con-
tacting each apartment complex directly, and applying for them…and
being placed on their waiting lists. This method would not give me a
voucher that I could use anywhere, and I would loose my “section 8”
coverage if I ever moved. Finally, one of these complexes panned out,
it was in Downtown Santa Ana, on the corner of First and Ross Streets
(I lived IN Civic Center — and the middle of the bario). This was a
senior complex and since it was HUD approved they were required to
take the disabled of any age who qualified otherwise. I moved in
September 15, 1992…thankfully I was able to locate some people that
would loan me the money I needed to move in (a $300 deposit and $165
first months rent — since it was the middle of the month I did not
have the money, and the apartment needed to be filled immediately), I
gave all of these people a post dated check to pay for the loans.
Needless to say, since I could not give notice to my first landlord, I
lost my $350 security deposit.
About two weeks later, thru a mutual friend, I met my current room-
mate, Russ Neal. We talked on the telephone for a couple of hours and
that same night, he came and picked me up to see his apartment in
Valencia. Within a week I decited to live with Russ…but I kept my
apartment in Santa Ana, just to make sure things worked out. They
did. In January of this year (1993), we moved from Russ’es 2 bedroom
1 bath apartment to a 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment. Then in March of
this year, I gave notice to my complex in Santa Ana and arranged for a
moving company to move my belongings up to Valencia.
Then things started looking bad in Valencia, since the new mall opened
in October of 1992, the gangs started to invade the town and the
nearby community of Newhall. Also, Russ’es employer, the County of
Los Angeles, was about to make a change in its staffing of its hospi-
tals. They were planning on laying off 1500 employees, and those who
stayed would get an 8.5% pay cut and need to work one day without pay
per month. So we started to look for a place to move to. I hated LA
County, so I suggested that we move to Orange County (the only time
prior to our move down here that Russ visited the “Big Orange” was to
visit Disneyland). I wanted a place with a very low crime rate, the
lowest crime rate in Southern California happend to be in Irvine, so
we started looking there. Our requirements at that time was to find
an apartment with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, downstairs, with either a
washer and dryer or laundry hookups in the unit, and it had to be a
pet apartment. We found 4 that met all of those requirements, but the
first three were too noisey durring the day (when Russ slept), so we
had only one choice, to move to the Turtle Rock area of town. We sent
in a “hold” depoisit of $100 for the apartment, the begining of July
1993, and they told us a week later that they would have one for us
August 1st. So we came down on the first week of July and signed all
the papers except for the lease, and we paid our credit check fees.
That same day I made araingements for the utilities to be turned off
in Valencia on August 2nd, and the Utilities in Irvine to be turned on
July 30th. Then it was time to find Russ a job.
I made a list of the top hospitals in Orange County (I knew who they
were since I worked with most of them, back when I was working), and a
list of the best nurse’s registries in Orange County. Russ was imme-
diately hired at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center as a “per
diem” Registered Nurse (and they promised him that they could “Guaran-
tee” him 70 hours every two weeks….but to this day the best they
have done is 36 hours every two weeks), he also was hired at HRN
nurse’s registry (which said they had lots of work and would “Guarn-
tee” him at least 3 shifts a week), He also was hired by Martin Luther
Hospital, and Nursefinders nurse’s registry (both of which have only
given him a couple of shifts since we moved down here).
I have always worked hard, and I would work today if work was avail-
able. My problems with finding work are mostly due to 1) Lack of
formal education (I have experience in middle to upper management, but
no degree whatsoever), 2) Lack of Health Insurance (I at one time had
over $10 Million in medical bills, that I finally paid off by selling
all my businesses, property, belongings, etc….So I cannot live
without that coverage — I would loose my Medicare and Medicade if I
go back to work), 3) Lack of reliable transportation (the busses here
in Orange County are so bad, that if you are in a wheelchair, the
drivers would say that “the lift is broken” instead of going to the
time and bother of using the lift, and since it takes about 3 hours to
cross the county by bus, the missing of one connection could mean my
job), and 4) Discrimination (I have sent my resume to many employers
that would say they would want to hire me, then when I arrive at the
interview, all they would do is stare at my crutches, leg braces, or
I have worked many jobs. When I was a member of the Mormon “Church”
(from age 14-17, I joined due to their “family togetherness” teach-
ings, even though I disagreed with them theologically…my family life
drew me to them), I worked for a Morman who owned a computer operated
machiene shop, then I worked for Deseret Industries (the Mormon
“GoodWill Industries”) as a cashier. Later after I quit working for
there I worked for a Christian Ministry as it’s Executive Director,
while managing two gas stations (one owned by Shell Oil, the other a
privately owned Mobil franchise). I later worked for the Church of
Scientology as a “FBO Admin” which in english is a Financial Banking
Office Administrator, I was the head accountant for their Orange
County office, and would make all of the bank deposits, and handle
collections (I quit working for them not because of bad pay, I was
getting paid over $800 per week, but because they were trying to make
a Scientologist out of me). I also started many businesses, I knew of
people that had the money, and I had the know-how…These included a
Durable Medical Equipment company, a Business Consulting firm (that
set up businesses for people), a Mercedes Benz dealership, and about 5
others. In between, I was a factory trained Wheelchair Technician by
Everest & Jennings, Invicare, Motion Designs, Fortress, Permobile, and
a few other companies gave me training, and I worked for two diffrent
wheelchair repair shops in that capasity. I am not affraid to work,
and I like to work hard and do my best. I have never been fired, and
I quit a number of jobs due to personality conflicts with the owners
(I would want to run the business for what was best for the business,
and the owner would want to use it as his personal “piggy bank”).
From 1991-1992, I donated my time to the Bower Agency, a
Marketing/Advertising/Public Relations company, in exchange for a 1/3
ownership in the company, if I could pull it out of the red in one
year…but every time I would leave for a week or two…It would be
back in the red. The owner, Michael Bower, would take money from the
agency (a corporation), and put it into his baseball card shop (a sole
propriorship)..which is legally embeselment, even though he owned both
companies. I quit to prevent myself from having any legal responsi-
bilities, when the IRS and other agencies did their investigation.
They closed within 6 months of my leaving.
This gives you a little glimpse of what I have gone thru in my life.
This along with being an Incomplete Paraplegic (meaning I can walk
with assistance, and have some feeling in my legs) due to nerve gan-
gleion dammage (the dammage is in the nerves to my legs not in the
spinal cord), possibly due to possible Rheumatic Fever (the doctors
are guessing, by studying my medical history from birth to present —
20/20 hindsight), as well as having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (My body
cannot stand the heat, but cold does not bother me too much, if I walk
too much, I collapse and cannot put any weight on my legs…and loose
feeling from midchest down when I am very fatigued), I also have a
Pre-Glaucoma Condition (tests show that I have lost some sight in both
eyes to a minor extent, but if I take eyedrops for the rest of my life
I will have no furthur decrease in pressure in my eyes). I had a
minor Acute Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) at age 21, and have
had a history of naturally high blood pressure (which is lower now due
to the drops I am taking for my glaucoma), and naturally high colest-
erol (naturally means that even with a fat free, salt free diet, my
blood pressure and colesterol are still very high <IE: Blood pressure
without eyedrops is about 220/110, and my colesterol is 360>). Medi-
cation that is taken for Blood Pressure usually raises the colesterol
and vice versa for colestreol medication…and both cannot be taken by
a glaucoma patient.
I have learned to survive Physical Abuse (from my parents), Emotional
Abuse (from my parents as well), Sexual Abuse (I was raped in my late
teens, and again at age 20), and Spiritual Abuse (from many sources).
I have strived to overcome my physical limitations as best I can.
Also, I am trying to survive on my $612 Social Security Disability and
Supplimental Security Income each month (down from $723 that I men-
tioned earler due to Govenor Pete Wilson’s budget cuts 2 years in a
With Russ’es lack of work since we moved down here in August, we have
gotten very behind on our bills…the only bills that are current are
our rent and car payments (so he has a reliable way to get to work).
But we have recieved some help from some friends on two computer
networks I am on (which if I can figure how to send this file from the
Prodigy Mail Manager to my Offline Mail Reader, I plan on sending a
copy to both networks that I am a moderator on…Just the bio
part…not the personal information before and after this bio), these
networks are ChristNet and CANDLE-Net. I am the host of the Men’s
Victim’s of Abuse Conference on ChristNet and the host of the CANDLE-
Disabled Conference. The monitary help has been under $200 for the
last two months that we have been needing help…but it does put food
on the table and gas in the tank. Also if it were not for a dear
sister on ChristNet, we would not have had a Thanksgiving Dinner. She
brought over an entire Thanksgiving Dinner the weekend before Thanks-
I bartered for a Christmas tree, so we have one of those…The rent
and car payment are made for this month. But we still have the Tele-
phone, Natural Gas, Water, Electric, Food, ect to pay for. The cable
bill has not been paid for 2 months, Prodigy is sending me nasty
notices, the car insurance is due. But hopefully by Christmas, all of
these things will be paid off.
We will not have any presents to open, or money for a Christmas din-
ner, but hopefully we will be out of debit. But as of today, Russ has
lost two more days this month of work and two days in December, so
that puts us another $1000 behind (his pay after taxes is about $250
per day, times the 4 days he has lost gives us the $1000).
Finally a little bit about my religious upbringing. I was brought up
in a Catholic household. My family were holiday Catholics, we would
only go to church on Christmas, Easter, and New Years Eve. At the age
of 10, I accepted Christ as my personal savior and have visited Calv-
ary Chapel Costa Mesa on and off for 15 years. From age 14-17 I
joined the Mormon Church due to their teachings of family togehter-
ness, and I left that church about 7 years ago, never to return. I
currently do not attend any church, but I intend on finding a church
as soon as possible, if I can find reliable transportation to get
there every week (with Russ working many Sundays, his truck is out of
the question as a way to depend on going to church). I have been
exploring both my Catholic Roots and my Protestant & Evangelical Roots
to see what direction to go, and I have not had a prompting of the
spirit of which way to go as of yet, but I am waiting upon the Lord,
and will know where to go in His time.
The Lord has given me the gifts of Public Speaking (which I did pro-
fessionally for a number of years), the gift of teaching (which I feel
he wants me to use either in a full time ministry <pastor>, or to
teach children…or both), and the gift of compassion (to have an ear
to hear, a shoulder to lean upon, and always here if someone needs to