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Stories of Brethren stewards * January 4, 2017


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Laura (pictured left) and her colleagues. 
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God has a plan for you
By Laura Hassel, Brethren Volunteer Service volunteer from Unit 313

Two weeks after my high school graduation in Essen, Germany, was my flight to the US and the start of three weeks at orientation. The time before orientation was very stressful for me. I constantly looked at the available projects, always asking where I will serve for this year. On my flight to the United States, I thought: “Laura don’t be so stressed out. God has a plan for you and you will go to the place you are called.” These thoughts were right.

In my second week at orientation, I was placed at “The Gubbio Project” in San Francisco. Now, after a few weeks at my project, I have the feeling that I was called to be here.
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At The Gubbio Project, we try to create a welcoming community for people dealing with homelessness. There are two churches where unhoused people find a sacred place to sleep. In these sacred places, we try to create a community where people feel welcome. The Gubbio is also a place where unhoused and housed people get in touch with each other. Both are children of God, both are in a holy space, and both have a smililar way of using this space.

My jobs range from making sure the space is clean, coordinating volunteers, writing letters to different churches about preaching there, and taking care of donations. I love my work and how much variety is in it. I also see and feel how important and nessessary it is. God chose this place for me and I give thanks everyday for this opportunity.

We need to remember to not get stressed out if we have not found our calling yet. Maybe you already found your vocation. Maybe you don’t know what you are called to do. Nobody knows the plan of God and what life holds for them. We have to trust in God that the plan he has for us is the right one.

Learn more about the work of Brethren Volunteer Service at www.brethren.org/bvs or support it today at www.brethren.org/give .

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“I have a lot more things
to tell you, but I’d rather
not use pen and ink. I hope
to be there soon in person
and have a heart-to-heart
talk. Peace to you. The
friends here say hello. Greet
our friends there by name”
(3 John 13-14,
The Message).

Registration opens
January 5, 
7 pm CT

Register for the 2017
Brethren workcamps at
www.brethren.org/workcamps

 


“Merciful God, your steadfast love never ceases.
Help me to be patient and sit with your
presence in the days when I'm suffering.”

—From Medicine of Mercy,
the 2017 Lenten devotional written
by Theresa Eshbach, available
for purchase from Brethren Press.

 

Lent devo 2017
 


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