Yeah, I’m not so good at the “good bye” thing. After 6 1/2 years my season of working for Dare 2 Share Ministries is coming to an end. I’m heading off to a new adventure working with an organization close to home that impacts the community by providing assistance to the less fortunate – immigrant families, homeless families and poverty line families. More to follow on the new job as I get settled.
It’s been interesting packing up my life from the time I spent at D2S. I’ve been laughing, shedding a few tears, embarrassed that I’ve been such a pack rat, sending out random emails of historical evidence of the craziness that’s happened. I found many pictures that I MUST hold on to for bribery purposes in the future – like Greg in spandex, awkward! I found old documents with goals that were set and progress reports. I smile at all the many weekly status reports that are archived in my electronic folders. Remembering some obstacles that I thought were insurmountable only to look back and realize that they seem silly now. I am remembering all the craziness, being scared out of my wits from Greg hiding behind doors, under my desk, behind corners— all because he knows that if I get too scared I throw up. His mission has been to make that happen. (Hasn’t yet, by the way.)
It’s been a tremendous season of learning for me – Debb, thanks for investing in me and being willing to teach me to become a leader and to understand the big bad world of Marketing and Communications! As a bonus, through all the business stuff we became lifetime friends – how awesome is that! I will always be grateful. Debb, Greg and Dave – thanks for faithfully investing your lives into this ministry. Keep making the tough decisions bathed in prayer and remember – “The Gospel of Grace, with Grace!” 🙂 I take a part of D2S with me and know that I’m not “done” by any means, just “done” with the season of working there. I will miss it.
I have hope that things will not only continue on, but continue on well. I have an amazing team that God granted me the privilege of leading. They are strength and grace under fire. I admire each one of them, care deeply for each one of them, and have seen the tremendous potential in all of them. It is such a HUGE blessing to transition off the many details to the interim Director with this statement, “But, don’t worry, the team has this under control. They’re all over it!”
So, Tristan (our only male representative on the team who has put up with many meetings of random girl conversations happening), Mandy, Mandee, Kathy and Jen – you guys rock! I am proud of you and will always be interested in what’s happening in your lives. Thanks for the many hours of dedication and commitment you’ve all shown. I will be praying for you during this transition time and I have no doubt that each of you will shine. Lean in to the Lord’s promises – remember our daily times of prayer where we reminded ourselves often of the importance of being filled up by Him to handle whatever happens in that day. Laugh often – that should be easy, there’s plenty of things I unintentionally did that were entertaining to us all! Lean on each other and keep each other accountable to be honoring to the team, the staff and most of all to the Lord!
The leadership team and the rest of the staff I haven’t mentioned by name, know that you are ALL a part of my life, a part that will never be forgotten. Keep the “ness” alive for me – you will be missed a ton! Keep in touch!
I’ve decided to have a script as I leave – not “Good Bye” with a lot of drama, but “See you soon!” or for those I have the ongoing blessing of attending church with, “See ya at church!” Yeah, that will be much easier!
So….here’s to new adventures, I’m jumping in to the deep end and I’m excited!